Wilson Jumps To Top of KOR Depth Chart

And Zbikowski said the ribs that got elbowed vs. Denver are “fine.”

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

According to the Ravens official depth chart, Josh Wilson has jumped over Jalen Parmele in the kickoff return battle for Sunday’s matchup with the New England Patriots.

Wilson took all of the kickoff returns last week against the Denver Broncos, averaging 20.0 yards on three attempts.

“I think my resume speaks for itself,” said Wilson. “I’m not going to let one guy take me down. I can make one guy miss me, and from there, it’s hitting the hole. Whether it’s me and the kicker or me and the safety, I like those odds. Footraces are my specialty.

“I think I can bring some explosion to it, just give me a little room.”

Wilson led the NFL with eight kickoff returns of 40 or more yards in 2008 for the Seattle Seahawks, but did not return kicks last year. His numbers could have been better last week, but his 31-yard game-opener was docked 10 yards by a holding penalty on the Ravens’ blocking team.

Wilson has worked hard all week rehabilitating a hamstring he injured in the fourth quarter. He did not practice Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday.

Wilson said he would leave the decision on whether he or Parmele will return kicks vs. the Pats to his coaches.

“I’m just trying to get ready to play,” Wilson said. “It’s all up to the coaches. I just go out there and do what I can do. Then they go and make their decision.”

Meanwhile, Tom Zbikowski, who is currently 23rd in the NFL with a 6.3-yard average per return, said he is feeling “fine” after media reports stated that he took an elbow to the ribs in the Denver game.

He continued to play defense, but was spelled on special teams by Chris Carr. Zbikowski was among a group of players shagging punts in Thursday’s practice and hasn’t been listed on the injury report all week.

“It was just tough to run a little bit,” Zbikowski said. “But I feel good. I’ll be ready to go if they call my number again.”

When asked about Zbikowski’s performance, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg said, “We’re still looking for more there, too, real frankly. That’s something we’re going to work on.”

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