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Ravens looking to clean up punt returns

Ball security on returns was somewhat of an issue for the Ravens last season. Although the team's returners on both kicks and punts lost possession just twice, Lardarius Webb, Ed Reed, Josh Wilson and Jalen Parmele combined for five fumbles, making for some tension-filled moments.

The troubles have flared up just once in the preseason. In the Ravens' 31-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 19, Webb was stripped of the football on a punt return in the first quarter and Tom Zbikowski muffed a punt that bounced out of bounds in the fourth quarter.The team has mishandled a few kickoffs in the end zone, but those became touchbacks when the ball went out of bounds. Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said steps are being taken to address the fumbles.

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"Unfortunately, for us, the mishandled kicks have always been eight or nine yards deep in the end zone," Rosburg said after Monday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. "You typically don't catch a kickoff going over your shoulder. We've been lining our guys up deep in the end zone already. It's one of those things that look dirty and you want to clean it up, but the ones I'm more concerned about are the punts. Fielding the punt is obviously more difficult. I want to see us do a better job of getting under the ball and securing the ball after the catch. Hopefully, this last game will provide us with some opportunities to do that."

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