Alright stop…pajama time.
Eminem songs aside, I know many are sitting there scratching their heads and wondering what in the world are the Ravens thinking bringing Tandon Doss back?!
Well, the reality is what choice do the Ravens have?
Jacoby Jones is out for the next month or so and Deonte Thompson does not seem to be recovering as quickly as they had hoped.
While Tandon Doss has been quite a disappointment, he knows the system, knows Joe Flacco, knows John Harbaugh, and knows Jim Caldwell. Doss can also return kicks and punts. If the Ravens were to bring in a completely different vet receiver, then they would have to wait for that receiver to grasp the offense which could take weeks; if ever.
In all seriousness, I hope that Tandon Doss got a bit of a wakeup call when he was cut from the Ravens during their final cut-down phase in August. This was a 4th round draft pick in 2011 and many scouts heralded his hands as “the best” in that entire draft class, which included players like Cincinnati’s AJ Green and Atlanta’s Julio Jones. Doss has ideal size (6’2” 210lbs) and he does have a nice burst when running routes. For whatever reason, that just never translated to what the Ravens were trying to do offensively. While at the University of Indiana, Doss was their “Mr. Everything” on offense and his skill set seemed ideal for a No.2/slot receiver in the NFL.
Maybe getting cut and not having any other team sign him was what he really needed?
I doubt he comes in and supplants Marlon Brown or Brandon Stokley, but he will likely contribute right away on Special Teams in place of the injured Jones. This is a good thing because it means that they will not have to expose Lardarius Webb to any additional wear-and-tear.
We’ve all seen what the kid can do when the pads are off during practice. We’ve also seen flashes here and there of being a decent receiver. Hopefully he buckles his chin strap up a bit tighter this go-around and leaves it all out on the field because in today’s NFL, second chances rarely happen and the Roger Goodell’s playground hosts a “what have you done for me lately?” league.
So, before we go off on rants and cursing his existence and before Tony Lombardi gets into another Twitter debate with Torrey Smith, let’s all take a step back and give Doss one last chance to make a difference for this team.
Maybe he’ll surprise us all.