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Wake-up caw: Who should return punts?

9/10/2013

The Baltimore Ravens return to the practice field after having three of the past four days off. I'm interested to see if injured offensive tackle Michael Oher (ankle) practices or sits out Wednesday. It's fair to say he's questionable at this point. Here's your Wake-up caw ...

  • The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec speculates recently re-signed Tandon Doss could replace injured Jacoby Jones on punt returns. The Ravens may not want to risk cornerback Lardarius Webb, who handled punts in the season opener, getting hurt on special teams less than a year removed from ACL surgery. On the team's official depth chart, Doss is listed as the No. 3 returner behind Jones and Webb. It's a tough call because Webb is clearly the better punt returner and the Ravens offense looks like it will need to get jumpstarted. But it's a gamble given Webb's injury history.

  • John Eisenberg, of the team's website, points out two disturbing aspects from the Ravens' defensive performance in the season opener. The Ravens got their top corner back and it didn’t matter. The defense also stopped the Broncos' run game and that didn't matter either. Do you know what would be more disturbing? If the Ravens don't improve upon their defensive performance against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

  • Coach John Harbaugh believes the breakdown on the blocked punt is correctable. Rookie second-round pick Arthur Brown failed to block Denver's David Bruton, which led to the special teams gaffe. "The situation is that we understood what they were doing, and we tried to execute the assignment right," Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "The guys involved fully understand it, but we need to get better at it. There are really fast guys coming off the edges. When you’re young in this league, you need to know how to do it, and we just have to get better at it."

  • Clifton Brown from Comcast SportsNet discusses whether or not Joe Flacco's interceptions will increase this season. He was picked off twice in the season opener. Flacco hasn't thrown more than 12 interceptions in a season, and that includes his rookie one. I don't see him getting picked off more than that this season.