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Ravens Special Teams Recap: Pre-Draft Edition

Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker and Punter Sam Koch kicking a field goal

In each installment of this series, we will take a look at a Baltimore Ravens position group and review it in preparation for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Coming up next in this series will be the Ravens’ special teams unit.

Check out the other Ravens position group recaps. Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End and Fullback | Offensive Line | Defensive Line | Linebacker | Cornerback | Safety | Special Teams
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Ravens Special Teams Recap: The Players

Justin Tucker 6’1″, 183 pounds, 16 games, Kicker
2019– Had at least one field goal attempt in 14 out of 16 games. 57/59 extra points made (96.6%), 28/29 field goals made (96.6%), 141 points, 57 touchbacks on 106 kickoffs.

Sam Koch 6’1″, 222 pounds, 16 games, Punter
2019– Had at least one punt in 15 out of the 16 games. 40 punts, 1855 yards, 46.38 yards per punt, 1 punt was blocked.

Morgan Cox 6’4″, 235 pounds, 16 games, Long Snapper
2019- Saw action in all 16 games.

De’Anthony Thomas 5’8″, 176 pounds, 14 games, Returner
2019- Played six games for the Chiefs and eight games for the Ravens in 2019. 26 punt returns for 148 yards, 5.7 yards per punt return, 17 kick returns for 321 yards, 18.9 yards per kick return.

Nick Moore 6’2″, 248 pounds, zero games, Long Snapper
2019– Did not play for an NFL team.

Group Overview

The Kickers

Justin Tucker is a phenomenal kicker. Extremely accurate and clutch, Tucker has come up very big in his career thus far. In 2019, Tucker once again was very accurate, missing only one field goal all year. Being one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, Tucker has to be upset that he missed two extra points in 2019. This is an area he will look to improve on in 2020.

Sam Koch has been one of the best punters in the NFL for the past decade. However in 2019 he was not used nearly as much as he has been used in the past. His 40 punts in 2019 were 20 less than his previous career low of 60. Sam Koch is a fantastic weapon to have in the punt game, even if the Ravens don’t need him as often these days.

The Snappers

Morgan Cox began his career as an undrafted free agent. He quickly earned the Ravens’ long snapper job in his rookie season and never looked back. Nick Moore is another long snapper that the Ravens brought to the team this offseason. Moore recently played for the XFL, but looks to compete with Cox for the starting role.

The Returner

De’Anthony Thomas was a mid-season addition for the Ravens. He spent his first five games with the Chiefs before being released and signed by the Ravens. Thomas was the Ravens main punt returner for the second half of the season. He also handled the kick return duties once he was signed.

Draft Expectations

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Needs

The Ravens do not need a kicker or a punter heading into this season. However, the Ravens could use an upgrade in their return game.

What To Expect

This is a hard group to project a pick for. The Ravens won’t use a pick on a special teams only player. However, there are plenty of targets that could play a role on offense or defense as well as becoming the team’s returner. Look for the Ravens to try to find an upgrade at returner, but they will not go out of their way to select one. They will likely also bring in undrafted free agents at kicker and punter.

Ravens Special Teams Grade

Overall Grade: A-

The Ravens boast two potential future Hall of Fame players in Sam Koch and Justin Tucker. If their return game was better, they would have gotten an A+. However, with their return game in question, it drops their grade to a very respectable A-. The Ravens have to be very happy with most of their special teams unit heading into the 2020 season.


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Jeff Swartz is a combat sports writer and editor for Overtimeheroics.net. With a focus on Sparta Sports and Entertainment, Jeff also covers major combat sports promotions like the UFC, Bellator, ONE, World Lethwei Championship, and much more! Jeff also occasionally writes pieces about the Baltimore Ravens NFL team.
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