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Ross wants to win return job

May 21, 2013
 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeremy Ross drops the ball on a second-quarter punt return against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Jan 12, 2013. / File/USA Today Sports

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Jeremy Ross said it took him one day to get over the muffed punt that cost the Green Bay Packers a touchdown in the NFC divisional playoff game in San Francisco in January.

Ross said he was discouraged, sad and mad at himself.

And then the next day I flushed it, Ross said. So I was just trying my best to move forward and think about who am I trying to become now and what am I working towards.

It does me no good constantly thinking about what happened in the past.

The Packers still see Ross as a frontrunner for return duties this season, despite his costly playoff error.

Hell have an opportunity to display his dependability as we move through training camp, special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said.

I look forward to seeing his development.

Slocum hasnt ruled Randall Cobb out of return duties yet, although coach Mike McCarthy indicated earlier this year he would prefer Cobb be able to focus on his offensive duties.

Slocum said other candidates for the return job include James Nixon, Johnathan Franklin and Angelo Pease.

Ross didnt work with the punt returners on Tuesday but Slocum said that was because the focus of the special teams session was punt coverage.

My mindset is Im trying to get on this field by any means, whatever I can do, said Ross. So If Im competing for the return spot, Im going to give my best to try to win it.

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