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Ravens: Look for returner roulette to continue

After another underwhelming performance from the Ravens' return teams during Thursday's 26-21 loss to the Falcons, expect Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and special teams coach Jerry Rosburg to continue shuffling returners until someone -- anyone -- steps up.

David Reed returned three kickoffs in Atlanta, averaging 21.3 yards a return. Lardarius Webb and Ed Reed each returned a punt, averaging eight yards on those. Webb lost a fumble on his return.

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The Ravens rank 23rd in the NFL in kickoff returns, averaging 21.4 yards per return. Their longest kickoff return was 39 yards (Jalen Parmele), which is tied for 25th.

Meanwhile, on punt returns,  the Ravens rank 30th with an average of six yards a return. Their longest punt return was 20 yards (Tom Zbikowski), which is tied for 27th.

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No wonder the Ravens have used seven different returners so far.

If I'm Harbaugh, I let it ride with David Reed for now on kickoffs, and I would consider giving Donte' Stallworth a crack on punt returns now that he has a couple of games under his belt.

I would also keep Ed Reed as far away from the field as possible during special teams plays, even if it means having security escort him down the tunnel for a couple of minutes. I know the Ravens are desperately looking for a spark in the return game, but why risk an injury to your star safety, especially with Tom Zbikowski sidelined with a foot injury?

That being said, if the Ravens can't get a spark from someone on the 53-man roster, they might have to consider looking for an upgrade outside the organization.  

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