Diminishing returns, role for Ravens' Deonte Thompson
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM
The offensive role of Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson has diminished every week since he caught a career-high four passes for 50 yards against the Buffalo Bills in late September.
The speedster didn't play a snap offensively against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was limited to special teams. He struggled on outside containment on a late kickoff return that led to the game-winning field goal.
Thompson caught just two passes for 11 yards Oct. 5 against the Miami Dolphins and caught no passes against the Green Bay Packers as he played just one snap offensively.
With the Jacoby Jones' return from a sprained knee and Tandon Doss' recent emergence, Thompson has become the odd man out at wide receiver.
He has returned seven kickoffs for 201 yards, averaging 28.7 per return, after missing the first three games of the season with a sprained left foot. However, Thompson hasn't been involved on kick returns for the past two games.
"It's pretty much been my health, but we're going to get it going," Thompson said prior to the Ravens' bye week. "The foot is a lot better. I hope to come in feeling like a million bucks after the bye. I want to get back in there and make some plays."