3. What will happen in the return game?
Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro (15) runs past Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden (23) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) after his catch at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Last week, the Ravens played in Denver, a city known for thin air and balls flying farther than ever. The Colorado Rockies of the MLB have been a team that pitchers’ careers go to die, because the thin mountain air makes the ball soar out of the park.
Because of this, the Ravens did not get a single kickoff return last week, as all of the kicks went out the back of the end zone. This week, the Ravens will most likely have opportunities to run back a kick or two.
However, current 1st string kick returner Michael Campanaro has very little experience returning kicks. He did some spot work as a punt returner last season, but with the lack of return talent (since Jacoby Jones left), the Ravens are giving Campanaro the opportunity.
Campanaro has shown explosiveness as a WR and as a punt returner, but kick returning is completely different. With the way that the Ravens’ offense performed in week 1, it is vital that they get good field position regularly. Campanaro has to make sure that the Ravens do not get backed up deep in their own territory at all. Keep an eye on his returns.
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