Ravens: Replace Devin Hester with Michael Campanaro

Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro returns a kick against the Cleveland Browns.

The Baltimore Ravens need to move on from Devin Hester and let Michael Campanaro return kicks.

The Baltimore Ravens needed a kick returner heading into the season and brought in one of the NFL’s all-time best in Devin Hester. After seven games this season, the experiment needs to come to an end.

Hester does not look to have the shiftiness that made him one of the most electric players in the NFL.Far too often, he looks scared to field a punt. Numerous times we have seen him shy away from a punt and it’s bounced in the opposing team’s favor. He’s also fumbled four times this season.

Meanwhile, the Ravens have re-signed Michael Campanaro after the team waived him due to a calf injury. NFL rules forced both parties to wait eight weeks until he could return to the club, but the River Hill High product is back on the practice squad and Head Coach John Harbaugh is excited to have him back.

“It’s good to see Michael back. His legs were fresh and he was bopping around, so I really appreciate the fact that he’s here and not somewhere else. He would have had a good chance to go with another team, and he wanted to wait until the rules made him available to come back here.”

The key words here are “legs were fresh.” Hester has been battling injuries throughout the season and his time in Baltimore could be short lived.

This likely means we will see Campanaro back on the 53-man roster in short time to field kicks. With an offense that is also struggling to find a slot receiver, Campanaro could be thrusted into that role as well. Hester is a one-trick pony that cannot contribute on offense like Campanaro.

The key for Camp is to stay healthy. When on the field, he’s shown that he is an explosive player that can make an impact. And with how terrible Hester has looked this season, the Baltimore Ravens need an upgrade at returner.

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Joe learned his journalistic ways in Annenberg Hall, Liacouras Center and Lincoln Financial Field as a student of Temple University. Living in Pennsylvania and Maryland for equal time of his life, he has a passion for both the Philadelphia and Baltimore sports teams. You can find him in Section 82 of The Yard every Sunday home game.

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