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Expectations High for 5 Players

Expectations will be high for these 5 players who made roster:

David Reed: Rookie receiver

Reed is the future and will be the receiver who replaces Demetrius Williams this year. Reed can contribute on special teams as a kick returner and he will need to be a reliable receiver for the offense.

David Reed stated, “No. 1, my goal is to lead the special teams, “I know my role on offense is going to be key, but I want to be as versatile as I can be for special teams.  That’s being tough, getting to the football and being smart.  That’s my game….”

Billy Cundiff, Kicker:

Billy Cundiff beat out the accomplished veteran Shayne Graham to be the team’s place kicker.  Cundiff looked good in kickoffs in the preseason but where he will be most needed is when the game is on the line.  Cundiff said, “It’s been a long journey, but the real work starts from here.”,

Edgar Jones: Outside Linebacker

OLB Antwan Barnes has been traded and though Sergio Kindle would be next up on the depth chart, the team will wait until he recovers from his injury. For now though Edgar Jones will be playing behind Jarret Johnson and/or Terrell Suggs. Jones is a solid special teams player and now will have to step up on defense as well.

Morgan Cox, rookie Long snapper

The Ravens have total confidence in Morgan Cox who played his college ball at Tennessee. In fact, the team decided in training camp to go with Cox and released veteran Matt Katula.   Cox hasn’t played a regular season game and his first appearance will be against the NY Jets on Monday Night. Cox had a good preseason and he will need to continue to be flawless in the regular season.

Brian McKinney, Defensive Tackle

Kelly Talavou was placed on injured reserve and that means defensive tackle Brian McKinney will see more playing time behind the starters.  One of the key turnarounds for the defense last year was rotating the defensive tackles in and out of the line up to keep the starters fresh. While McKinney might not be a starter, he will be counted on in a relief capacity. McKinney faired well last year and will be counted on to be a consistent back up.

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