Baltimore Ravens: Tandon Doss Serves as Temporary Return Replacement
The Baltimore Ravens weren’t exactly making headlines today, but they did re-sign Tandon Doss after cutting the wide receiver before the regular season began. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens brought back Doss on Monday and fans have to wonder what role he could play for this team.
The former Indiana Hoosier reportedly worked out with the Green Bay Packers before returning to Baltimore, and he comes back to a team that is down a key member of their offense and special teams attack in wide receiver Jacoby Jones.
Jones will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks with a MCL injury, so the Ravens had to make a move for someone to fill the void. Players like Josh Cribbs and Brandon Lloyd have been toyed with by fans, but no serious interest has been garnered from the organization. Plus, they would rather have a guy like Doss who is somewhat accustomed to the system already and has the ability to help this team out in more than one aspect of the game.
The 23-year-old has experience returning punts and may be asked to return kicks as well. His role as a receiver on this team may be somewhat magnified because of the Jones injury, but don’t expect him to jump guys like Brandon Stokley or Marlon Brown right away. Even though Doss has experience playing with the ones, keep in mind that he was cut from this football team Aug. 31.
Quarterback Joe Flacco has always been an endorser for Doss, so at least he has the top quarterback in his corner. Doss will have to prove himself while he can as the Ravens may look to use guys in his place once Jones and injured receiver Deonte Thompson return. Still, this move makes sense. It isn’t shocking. It isn’t a game-changer. It’s just a move for just a guy.