Baltimore Ravens Week 10 Player Spotlight: Cyrus Jones
After a huge win against the New England Patriots on Sunday night every Baltimore Ravens player was excited except one…
Since the Patriots erased two 14-point leads against the Baltimore Ravens in the 2014 Divisional Championship game I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought Cyrus Jones fumbled the game away with a 17 point lead. We’ve seen how this story ends so we knew the inevitable was coming…except it didn’t.
After a close scare, this years Ravens team was able to put the clamps down on the Patriots and get some redemption. It may not have been high stakes like the playoff game but it was still a pretty sweet win, especially for a prime time match up.
In response to Cyrus Jones fumbling, the Ravens cut cornerback Maurice Canady to make room for wide receiver and return man De’Anthony Thomas.
Thomas was brought in for a workout last week before the Patriots game but wasn’t signed until Tuesday afternoon. Thomas is going to compete for the starting return specialist position right away.
The reason I believe the Ravens cut Canady instead of Jones is because Jones has been relatively reliable and a good return man. I think Harbaugh wanted to give him a fair chance at fighting for his spot. Jones also brings special teams defense and slot cornerback experience to the team. Canady was a bit inconsistent and was eaten alive against the Bengals last go around.
Thomas ran 4.34 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Draft so he brings another dangerous speed threat to this offense. In his career, Thomas has a kick return yard average of 24.5 and punt return average of 8.9 with 1 total return touchdown. They’re not the most impressive statistics but with the speed he possesses, anything can happen at any time. Also, an offensive package consisting of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, De’Anthony Thomas, Lamar Jackson, and Miles Boykin would be dang near impossible to predict or defend.
I know there’s a lot of Ravens fans out there who want to see what Thomas can do in the return game and on offense so the pressure is on Cyrus Jones. I expect Harbaugh to give both returns an even amount of opportunities and just wait to see which one makes a play.