OWINGS MILLS – Although cornerback Lardarius Webb is literally a valuable player after signing a five-year, $50 million contract extension, he still wants to remain the Ravens’ big-play threat at punt returner.
Last year, he returned a punt for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns and averaged 10 yards per return.
Webb is hoping to stay involved even if he’s possibly not the primary punt returner going forward.
“Yes, I would love to be a returner,” Webb said. “Just like Ed Reed, he earned that spot to where anytime he felt like he wanted to return a punt, he can go back there and just take it. I think I might have that now where I don’t have to do it all the time, but if we need a big return or we just need the ball, I can go back and grab it.”
“That’s what made Deion Sanders so great, because he was returning kicks and returning punts and returning interceptions to the house. So, that’s what made him Deion Sanders. So, that might make me Lardarius Webb.”
IN OTHER NEWS…
Michael Oher didn’t require surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee suffered against the Houston Texans during an AFC divisional playoff game.
Through rest and rehabilitation, Oher is making a sound recovery.
“I’m just now starting to feel good again,” Oher said. “A lot of rehab and stuff like that, but starting to feel good getting ready for OTAs and things like that. Just rest and rehab, nothing major.”
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