Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Baltimore Ravens special teams unit as second-best in the NFL.
Such a high ranking should come as no surprise to anybody who regularly watched the Ravens boast a top-tier unit on special teams week in and week out, during the 2017-2018 NFL season.
Justin Tucker remains the league’s best kicker and will most likely go down as the best ever when he hangs it up.
Sam Koch is one of, if not the, best punters in the NFL. Sam provided Baltimore’s defense with excellent field position by pinning the opponent within their 20-yard line forty times this past season. This was the best in the league, with Dallas second best at 34. The distance between first and second place (6), is also the distance between second and nineteenth. His ability to accurately and consistently produce exceptional skills is unmatched.
Michael Campanaro was solid as the team’s return specialist, with Chris Moore handling the duties as well. Campanaro had a punt return for a touchdown against the Bears which put the Ravens in a position to possibly win the game. According to PFF, he averaged 10.8 yards per return overall. Moore had an excellent 88-yard return against the Bengals in week 17 to spark the team for a comeback in the second-half.
Chris Moore showed his value in coverage, as he was the go to player to help Sam Koch pin the ball deep in the opponents territory by downing it before hitting the end-zone on multiple occasions. He also received multiple passes from Sam Koch, during their fake-punt pass trick plays.
The Ravens’ special teams was by far the teams biggest strength. Jerry Rosburg should be commended for the top units he has fielded for so many years now in Baltimore. There’s no reason the special teams can’t be a tremendous strength for the Ravens in 2018 as well, with Tucker, Koch, Morgan Cox and Moore all returning. Campanaro is a free agent, but the Ravens may choose to re-sign him as the teams return specialist and depth at the wide receiver position.
The full PFF list here.