After an unimpressive rookie campaign that ended with zero catches in just six games, Tandon Doss might be reasonably concerned about his status with the Ravens. But the organization’s fourth-round pick in 2011 said he’s not in the business of trying to figure out what the coaches think.
“I never know,” Doss said after Tuesday’s practice at the team’s headquarters in Owings Mills. “I don’t know what the coaches are thinking. I go with the ones one day, the twos the next day. I’ve just got to keep doing what I can do.”
It’s worth noting that when the offense opened Friday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions in a three-receiver set without Torrey Smith (who was battling a sprained ankle) and Jacoby Jones (who had just returned the previous kickoff), Doss and LaQuan Williams were tabbed to join Anquan Boldin as starters.
Doss, who was targeted and finished with one catch for 15 yards, cautioned against reading too much into his early appearance.
“It’s the preseason,” he said. “You can’t think too much about anything. If your name is called, you’ve got to go out there and make plays.”
Doss has had a mixed preseason. Hamstring injuries have sidelined him during various intervals, but when healthy, he has showed off a pair of impressive hands. Still, Doss said he’s not content with his performances thus far.
“I’m never satisfied with anything that I do,” he said. “One day, Coach [Jim Hostler, who guides the wide receivers] said I had my best practice ever. I had a lot of catches that day, but it wasn’t very technique-sound. I felt very sloppy while I was watching the film. So I wasn’t satisfied.”
The Ravens have historically been very stingy about giving up on players selected in the draft, but Doss has been challenged by newcomers like Logan Payne and rookies Tommy Streeter and Deonte Thompson.
But if his status is in jeopardy, Doss said he refuses to entertain those thoughts.
“I just do what I can,” he said. “Some things are out of my control. The things that I can control – like my playmaking ability, my route-running, my catching, knowing my assignments – I’ve got to control that.”