During the preseason, Tandon Doss didn't do enough to warrant a spot on Baltimore's 53-man roster.
The Ravens can talk about how good of a player Doss is and whatnot. But the simple fact remains that Doss was beat out by other receivers and by those at other positions of need.
However, injuries are a part of the game. With Jacoby Jones going down with a knee injury, the Ravens needed a receiver on the roster who could also contribute in the return game.
The Ravens asked Doss to come back and the third-year receiver agreed to do so.
In his first appearance as a Raven for the second time, Doss didn't disappoint. He had three punt returns for a total of 43 yards. Two of those runs with for 22 and 21 yards each, respectively (the third for no gain). The latter return put Baltimore at the Cleveland 42.
Doss made the most of his return, with clear intentions to stick around once Jones is ready to get back in the lineup.
"Tandon did a really nice job," coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday. "At the end of the game, I happened to be walking down the sideline, and somebody said something, and I said, ‘Yes, Tandon is playing great.’ And there was Tandon right there. It was kind of neat. He really solidified us back there with Jacoby being out – and made the play.
"He set up the score at the end of the game with the 30-yard punt return or whatever it was. We got the ball down at the 42-yard line, I think, and took it in to score. [That] was just hugely valuable. There was more wind out there than you think, and it was blowing a little funny up there. Their guy had some short punts up into the wind that were hanging a little bit, and Tandon has great hands and handled them very smoothly. So, it was good. It helped us."
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