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The Ravens will try to make up for losing Devin Duvernay by bringing in Sammy Watkins. But that doesn't answer everything about the return game.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Devin Duvernay, a Pro Bowl wide receiver and returner, is out for a long time for the Ravens.
Duvernay hurt his foot on Tuesday during practice, so he was put on Injured Reserve.
This means that the Ravens will have to find someone else to return kicks, which will be hard because Duvernay is one of the best in the league. Most likely to get more chances on special teams are James Proche and Justice Hill.
Duvernay also caught 37 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns. He ran 12 times for 84 yards and another score.
But Duvernay and the rest of the offense have had trouble making plays in the last few weeks. Rashod Bateman, who had been picked in the first round, also couldn't play anymore because of a foot injury.
The Ravens' passing attack, which averages 180.6 yards per game, is ranked 27th. The wide receivers have 114 catches (tied for 29th), 1,328 yards (tied for 32nd), and six touchdowns (tied for 32nd) (30th).
Since Week 3, no wide receiver has caught a touchdown pass.
Since Week 13, when quarterback Lamar Jackson hurt his knee, he hasn't been able to play, which has made things worse.
To make up for losing Duvernay, the Ravens picked up Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins off of waivers. He played in Baltimore for the whole season last year, catching 27 passes for 394 yards and one touchdown. Watkins, on the other hand, was hurt a lot and only played in 13 games.
Watkins did make some important plays for the Ravens last year, like a clutch 36-yard catch in Detroit that set up Justin Tucker's record-setting 66-yard field goal. Watkins also had a catch of 29 yards that helped set up the touchdown that won the game in Chicago.
The hope is that he can stay healthy and have the same kind of impact in the last three games of the season and maybe in the playoffs.
In nine games with Green Bay, Watkins caught 13 passes for 206 yards. The Packers are having trouble right now, so they want to see what some young players can do to help the offense.
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