Primary return man:
When De’Anthony Thomas was first coming out of Oregon back in 2014 he looked destined to become the league’s next great special teams return man. Unfortunately, he hasn’t panned out the way many had hoped. He did spend five full seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before the team opted to move on. He was simply fazed out by similar players in the forms of Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman.
Thomas would then cling on with the Baltimore Ravens and become the team’s primary return man following the release of Cyrus Jones. Thomas then resigned with Baltimore this past offseason. Perhaps the man dubbed the “Black Mamba” could perhaps refocus his career in Charm City.
He will have some competition this offseason, however, as rookie sixth-round pick James Proche will also compete for return duties. Proche was a stud return man for SMU over the last two seasons for the Mustangs and will look to translate those skills to the pros.
Justice Hill is another player to watch, primarily for kick return duties.
The Ravens need one of these guys to step up and provide a spark on special teams. Baltimore is at its best when they have a difference-maker in the return game. All three of these guys have the skills to be just that, but who will emerge as that guy is yet to be seen and will likely be a battle fought throughout 2020.