In a must-win Week 16 game against the New York Giants, the Ravens will have two starters sitting out of today's matchup. Both Mark Ingram, who started during the early portion of the regular season, and rookie wide receiver/punt returner James Proche are healthy scratches this afternoon.
This is a very interesting move as the Ravens may be looking for more speed on special teams. Proche has been starter up until today and has put up less than desirable numbers at the position. He’s averaging a career 8.6 yards per return average.
Alternatives for the position may include the likes of Marquise Brown, Devin Duvernay, and Willie Snead as all three have practiced fielding punts this season, per Aaron Kasinitz.
James Proche did not appear on the injury report all week. Willie Snead, Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay have all practiced fielding punts this year.— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) December 27, 2020
Dez Bryant has the most experiencing doing it in games, but he hasn't returned an NFL punt since 2012.
Ingram has been quickly overshadowed by a very impressive group of young running backs. Him being inactive is definitely understandable as Justice Hill, J.K. Dobbins, and Gus Edwards have simply performed better than Ingram.
Both Jimmy Smith and Marcus Peters have been exposed to the injury bug as they have been out for multiple weeks. Marlon Humphrey, Tramon Williams, Anthony Averett, and Pierre Desir consist of the depth at cornerback as of now.
Let’s see New York’s inactive list:
Daniel Jones will make the start for today at quarterback. Usual backup Colt McCoy has been in place of Jones as he dealt with lower body injuries. Golden Tate, who has been phased out of the Giants’ receiving corps, also will not suit up.