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It’s not that Ravens kick returner David Reed hates downing the football on a kickoff. Sometimes that option is out of his control, the rookie said.

"It depends on how I catch it," he said. "If I catch it and my momentum is taking me backwards, then I won't bring it out. I'll just keep it in. But if I catch it and I've got a little forward momentum, then I'll go with it. Sometimes Parm [Jalen Parmele] holds me. It's just really all about how I catch it and where my momentum is going."

Of the nine kickoffs that have drifted into the end zone in the last five contests, Reed has downed the football just three times.Reed is averaging 33.2 yards on those six returns from the end zone – including the 84-yarder against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 21 – which was endorsed by Ravens special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg.

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"If he gets a chance, he's going to go for it. We don't want to push him down in that regard," Rosburg said Friday. "We want him to take opportunities, but we also – in coaching that whole thing – have gone through the idea of, 'Where is the ball and who's the kicker? What's the hangtime?' I think the more experience he gets, the more he develops that mental clock, that stopwatch in his head where he may be four yards deep, but if it's a lower ball, he can take it. He has our blessing on most of those."

Reed said he is becoming more comfortable in understanding the team's blocking schemes. He just wishes he could make a bigger impact on a more consistent basis.

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"I just love having the ball in my hands. I like to make plays and try to help out the team. That's a great way to help the team – get great field position every time. That's a huge advantage for us. I just want to help the team."

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