Ravens' position analysis: Special teams

January, 31, 2014
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The Baltimore Ravens' team page concludes its position-by-position review and outlook. If you want to go back and look at the previous position breakdowns, you can click here.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Under contract (2014 salary-cap number): P Sam Koch ($2.8 million), LS Morgan Cox ($855,000), K Justin Tucker ($570,000).

2014 free agents: KR-PR Jacoby Jones (unrestricted), PR Tandon Doss (restricted).

Tucker
The good: Justin Tucker was the Ravens' Most Valuable Player and a first-team All-Pro. In his second NFL season, Tucker set Ravens records for field goals (38) and points (140) in a season. His 38 field goals tied New England's Stephen Gostkowski for most in the league this season, and his 92.7 percent success rate ranked sixth. Jacoby Jones was a threat to score a touchdown every time he got his hands on a return. He averaged 28.8 yards on kickoffs (fourth in NFL) and 12.5 yards on punts (fifth in the NFL).

The bad: Tandon Doss was such a liability in terms of turning the ball over that the Ravens took him off punt returns even though he led the NFL with a 15.6-yard average. The usually consistent Sam Koch finished 22nd in net average (38.9 yards) and 13th in punts inside the 20-yard line (27). He had a punt blocked for the first time since 2009. Koch also shanked a 25-yard punt in Cleveland that helped set up the Browns' final clock-eating drive.

The money: Koch is considered a likely salary-cap casualty. The Ravens might feel a $2.2 million salary is too much for a punter, and they can gain $1.6 million in cap room by releasing him. Baltimore also has to figure out how much it's willing to pay for a playmaking returner. Jones earned $4 million in the last year of his contract, which is double than what other returners make.

Draft priority: Low. If the Ravens need a punter, they could use a late-round pick on one. Their last two punters -- Koch and Dave Zastudil -- were both drafted. But, considering how they recently turned an undrafted rookie into a Pro Bowl kicker, the Ravens know they don't necessarily have to use a draft pick on a specialist.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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