It seems like Ravens players just keep racking up the awards.
For the third straight year, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team.
The honor is given to 26 NFL players - 11 on offense, 11 on defense and four on special teams - who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling.
Ngata was presented with a silver All-Fundamentals helmet, which was handed over by his position coach, Clarence Brooks.
The Ravens’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle says he’ll put the helmet in his trophy case at home ... right next to the other two All-Fundamentals helmets.
He keeps this up, he’ll have to buy a new case to hold all those things.
You might recall that a few weeks ago, after kickoff returner David Reed’s bout of fumbilitis, special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said that the Ravens were starting to put Reed through a host of drills designed to improve his ball control.
Since then, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery has spent time with Reed helping him secure the football so he can work through traffic without losing control.
Apparently, the time Reed has spent with Montgomery has paid off.
“The drills have been really productive,” Rosburg said today. “Wilbert is really good at this, and he’s been grinding on David. And what I see happening now is I see him taking the drills to the practice. We do kick the ball to him and we have kickoff return drills. I see him paying attention to the details we need to. So, yeah, progress is being made.”
Reed led the league in kickoff return average last year with 29.3 yards per return, and he was on track for a strong year this season as well. The second-year man out of Utah was averaging 30.1 yards per return entering a Week 10 matchup with the Seahawks, and he ripped off a 77-yard return in a Week 2 game against the Titans.
But Reed lost two fumbles on kick returns that afternoon in Seattle, giving him three fumbles in two games. He was subsequently benched, and safety Tom Zbikowski has taken over the kick return duties of late.
So does this improved ball security mean that Reed will start getting worked back into the mix in the kick return game?
“From the very start of this, we said as soon as we’re ready to use him, we’ll be using him,” Rosburg said. “So yes, I do see us using him.”