The Ravens have a new cast of characters on their coverage teams in 2013, but in last week's preseason loss, their punt coverage team experienced the kind of breakdown that plagued them during the playoffs in 2012.
When the Ravens brought back All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach midway through training camp, it looked as if there wouldn't be much of a role left for fellow fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was a fourth-round pick this spring.
By the time the downpour came and lighting flashed around the perimeter of Raymond James Stadium, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs had long found a spot on the Ravens¿ sideline where they would remain the rest of the night.
iminutive running back Bobby Rainey might have been the Ravens' most productive offensive player last preseason, rushing for 55 yards and catching a team-leading 14 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. When the Ravens made their final cuts in 2012, the undrafted rookie learned that he had made the 53-man roster as the No.3 running back behind Ray Rice and fellow rookie Bernard Pierce.
As diminutive Ravens running back Bobby Rainey and punter Sam Koch belted several home runs at Ripken Stadium, cornerback Lardarius Webb came away even more impressed by what surrounded his teammates Sunday in Aberdeen.
The thrill of Saturday's 38-35 double-overtime win against the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional round swept up Ravens players and coaches alike. But after the euphoria had dissipated, members of the special teams unit were left with another emotion: anger.
With an AFC North title and a home playoff game next weekend already secured, the Baltimore Ravens treated their regular-season finale at Paul Brown Stadium like a fifth preseason game. The end result -- a 23-17 loss in front of an announced 61,565 on a frigid afternoon -- hardly mattered.