Ravens WR Jaleel Scott has been impressing on special teams
The number of young wide receivers listed above Jaleel Scott on the Baltimore Ravens depth chart has double in each of the past two drafts. A year after selecting Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown and Miles Boykin in the first and third rounds of the 2019 draft, General Manager Eric DeCosta doubled down at the position again in the 2020 draft by taking Devin Duvernay in the third round out Texas and James Proche in the sixth out of SMU. There’s also the presence of veteran Willie Snead who is the leader in a very young receiver room.
Since offensive snaps will be hard to come by, the 2018 fourth-round pick will need to bring more to the table than his pass-catching ability to make this year’s team. With Antoine Wesley now on injured reserve following season ending shoulder surgery, Scott’s main competition for one the final spots at the position is veteran Chris Moore who the team resigned this offseason and is a renowned special teams standout.
Scott spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and even though he was healthy all last year, he was only activated for three games where he played just 17 offensive snaps and recorded one catch for six yards. One of the main reasons that attributed to him being a healthy scratch for the vast majority of his sophomore campaign is likely due to the fact that he has been one dimensional player to this point in his career.
However, he entered this year’s training camp on the roster bubble, needing to find a way to separate himself without the benefit of having any preseason this year due to COVID-19. Scott decide to follow Moore’s route to success and has been taking advantage of the additional reps with him out of commission. Head Coach John Harbaugh has taken notice and been pleased by his improved performance in special teams.
“He’s done really well on special teams in training camp. He’s notched it up, and I expect him to be very capable of being a contributor on that,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh is a former special teams coordinator and believes that Scott embracing a larger role in the third phase of the game could increase his chances of securing a roster spot.
“We always tell our guys not to count numbers – that’s not what you do as a football player. You go out and you perform to the best of your ability, the competition is against yourself, your ability, your skillset, the playbook, the defense, in this case. So, he’s got a great chance to make our team, and he’s doing fine.”