Baltimore Ravens' Michael Campanaro catches a pass during NFL football training camp Thursday in Philadelphia.
Baltimore Ravens' Michael Campanaro catches a pass during NFL football training camp Thursday in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

The Ravens coaching staff enters Sunday's season opener against the Denver Broncos confident that the ever-steady return game will be sound, even if they're not exactly willing to say who will be the one standing in the end zone come kickoff time.

Coach John Harbaugh earlier this week said he knew who would be lined up to return the first kick and punts against the Broncos, but wouldn't confirm it.


On Thursday, associate head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg pledged essentially the same thing.

"We'll be ready," Rosburg said.

"We have a pretty good idea of what we're going to do," Harbaugh said. "We have options. Certainly, all options are on the table, and we'll see going forward. I don't think we're in a position to make any announcements exactly, yet. Like I said, we have more than one guy capable of going back there and doing it, and some of them might be situationally, as well."

The Ravens burned through several return options during the preseason, their first since cutting wide receiver Jacoby Jones after the 2014 season for salary cap reasons. High-profile names like cornerback Lardarius Webb and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. were touted as return options, but didn't get a chance in the preseason.

Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill), cornerback Asa Jackson, and running back Terrance Magee are among several who got opportunities to return kicks and punts in the preseason, and Campanaro opens Week 1 listed as the top kick and punt returner on the depth chart.

"Every day in practice, I'm out there preparing like I'm the guy," Campanaro said. "Jacoby, he was a Pro Bowl returner who's made huge plays his entire career. It's tough to fill a guy's shoes like that, but I think I definitely bring play-making ability back there. I'm excited to just get back there and make plays. Every time I get a chance to go out there and make a play, I think I can."

For now, it may be the second-year receiver's job. Webb and Smith remain situational options. Jackson is now on the practice squad, along with wide receiver Jeremy Ross and cornerback Charles James.

"We like our players," Rosburg said. "I've been asked this many times over the course of training camp. We like the guys who can do more than one thing. Our returners need to be more than just returners."

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