Sometimes all someone needs is a second chance. For Baltimore Ravens WR Tandon Doss, he got his second chance and took advantage. The Ravens have had high hopes for Doss ever since 2011 when he was drafted in the 4th round out of Indiana. Supposedly Doss was “hand picked” by QB Joe Flacco. Doss was a huge disappointment in the preseason and didn’t make it past the final roster cuts.
After the injury of Jacoby Jones in the Ravens’ Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos and lingering injuries of Aaron Mellette and Deonte Thompson, the Ravens needed some wide receiver and kick returner help. I had suggested Joshua Cribbs last week, but the Ravens decided to bring back a familiar face. In Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, Doss handled the punt and kick returning duties. In a game where the Ravens’ offense struggled to score points, an impressive 22-yard punt return by Doss which swept around to the outside put the Ravens into Cleveland territory where they went on to score one of their two touchdowns for the day. If Doss had Jones’ speed he probably would have taken that return all the way. Doss was also on the field for some plays on offense but was never targeted.
Could this be a sign of big things to come for Doss? I say it’s too early to tell against a bad team like the Browns. If Doss can make some nice returns and catch a few balls against a good team like the Houston Texans next week, then it might be time to get excited about him again. Until that keep your expectations low.
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