Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson gives a position-by-position breakdown heading into training camp. Wilson takes a look at the special teams and the possible replacements for the kick returner position. (Kevin Richardson)
The Baltimore Sun is breaking down where the Ravens stand at each position, including predictions on how many players the team will keep at each spot and which players are locks, long shots or “on the bubble.”
How many they’ll keep: 3
Locks if healthy: Justin Tucker (kicker), Sam Koch (punter), Morgan Cox (long snapper)
Long shots: Justin Manton (punter), Patrick Scales (long snapper)
Skinny: Really, the only question here is whether Cox is fine physically. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last October after dealing with the same injury in his left knee earlier in his Ravens’ career. But he snapped well during the mandatory minicamp and should be ready to go for the regular season. Scales, one of three long snappers the Ravens used last year, is solid insurance. Manton, an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana-Monroe who can kick and punt, is an extra camp leg so the Ravens don’t wear out Tucker and Koch. The Ravens believe that they have one of the best kicking tandems in the NFL and have no interest in making any changes. With Koch now signed longterm, Tucker could be next on the team’s agenda.