OWINGS MILLS — The search for a new kick returner continues.
Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said receiver/return specialist David Reed will not return kicks against Cincinnati on Sunday. Reed lost two fumbles and committed an unsportsmanlike penalty on kick returns in Baltimore’s 22-17 loss to Seattle.
Rosburg said this isn’t a permanent move, but it’s apparent one needed to be made.
“I’m sure he can bounce back,” Rosburg said. “David’s a competitive athlete and he’s looking forward to the next opportunity. We don’t know when that is. We’re certain when he gets in everyone’s going to be watching.”
Candidates to be Baltimore’s kick returner are Lardarius Webb, Chris Carr, Torrey Smith, LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss.
Cameron: Rice needs more touches
For the second time this season, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron acknowledged the need for running back Ray Rice to receive more carries.
Rice finished the Seattle game with just five carries for 27 yards.
“He needs to be a guy getting the ball much more than anyone in the league,” Cameron said. “That gives us the best chance to win, philosophically.”
The first acknowledgement came after Rice only received eight carries in a 12-7 loss to Jacksonville.
Cameron echoed what coach John Harbaugh previously said, that circumstances caused the Ravens to abandon the run in the middle of the game.
“Sometimes defenses dictate that,” Cameron said. “There’s no one that wants to get Ray the ball more than I do, or we do as a staff. Sometimes circumstances dictate – now you’re starting to throw it to a guy than hand it to him. That has its challenges.”
Pagano takes blame for lack of sacks
After getting out to a hot start by sacking the quarterback, 25 times in seven games, the Ravens have only managed a sack each in their last two games.
Ravens’ opponents have begun countering the defense’s pressure with seven-man protection schemes, which defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said he has to do a better job scheming against.
“It falls on my shoulders,” Pagano said. “I have to be more aggressive and come after them.”
Did not participate in practice Thursday: LB Ray Lewis (foot), RB Anthony Allen (thigh), DT Arthur Jones (concussion).
Limited in practice: WR Lee Evans (ankle).
Full participation: LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring, groin).
By Jason Butt