The Baltimore Ravens, desperate for offensive skill position players, are apparently bringing back non-fan favorite Tandon Doss. From what I’ve heard this move is being met with mixed reactions.
Doss was originally selected by the Ravens in the 4th round of the 2011 draft. There were lofty expectations for Doss after he was ‘handpicked’ by QB Joe Flacco. Doss was buried in the depth chart behind Anquan Boldin for the past two years, but Doss was considered the guy that could eventually replace Boldin. With Boldin being traded to the San Francisco 49ers, Doss finally had his shot to be the guy. One huge disappointing preseason later Doss went from possibly being the No. 2 receiver to not even making the team. Head Coach John Harbaugh said about Doss after his cut that “he was good enough to make this roster”, but he clearly wasn’t better than Marlon Brown, Aaron Mellette, and an injured Deonte Thompson.
Some positives that can be said for Doss coming back are that he knows the system already and won’t have to learn everything on the fly. Doss has also returned a few punts here and there because I don’t think any Ravens fan wants the top CB on team Lardarius Webb returning punts. Another positive to make note of was that Doss was very productive in the final preseason game against the St. Louis Rams even though it was only against backups.
The negatives are that Doss really hasn’t developed any chemistry with Flacco, he struggles at getting separation, and as soon as he drops a pass or fumbles a punt people are going to call for his head. Does Doss have the type of thick skin to deal with that? I’m not so sure.
With Jacoby Jones out for the next 4-6 games and the inconsistency of the tight ends, it makes sense to bring in a familiar face to help fill the void. Just keep your expectations low and maybe things will work out.
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