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Jerry Rosburg says Lardarius Webb will be used on returns

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, pictured at Aug. 3, 2015 practice at M&T Bank Stadium, will be used on returns.
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, pictured at Aug. 3, 2015 practice at M&T Bank Stadium, will be used on returns. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb hasn't returned kicks regularly since 2011, but associate head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg acknowledged that he could get that opportunity going forward with both Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith Sr. dealing with injuries.

"Lardarius has had a long, rich history of returning balls for us and he's had some success with kickoffs and on punts," Rosburg said. "He's a busy man every Sunday, but we value his skills and he's one of the guys that we'll be using."

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Webb was the Ravens' primary kick returner in his rookie season in 2009, averaging 26.2 yards on his 35 returns, and returning one for a 95-yard touchdown. He returned punts for the Ravens in 2010 and 2011, and has a career average of 9.8 yards per return. He scored on a 68-yard touchdown in 2011 against the Cleveland Browns.

In more recent years, the Ravens have used Webb in return situations deep in their territory, where they're looking for him to call for a fair catch or let the ball bounce in the end zone.

Rosburg said that Webb has taken practice repetitions at both punts and kickoffs, and is an option on both. Internal options on kickoffs include reserve running backs Lorenzo Taliaferro and Buck Allen, and wide receiver Chris Givens. The Ravens also have two guys with return experience, Jeremy Ross and Asa Jackson, on the practice squad.

"Change is constant. Everybody goes through it. We're going through it at the return position," Rosburg said. "We can deal with it. We have guys that we trust and we have guys that have skills. We have good blockers. We're planning on having a good return game regardless of who is back there."

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