The third-year player out of Wake Forest was waived early in the season but was eventually brought back to the 53-man roster following Devin Hester's release in December. Although Campanaro's natural position is at wide receiver, he was used in the run game on jet sweeps with great effectiveness, albeit in a limited sample size. All three of his runs went for 10 or more yards, highlighted by a 39-yard scamper against the Eagles on his first offensive touch of the season. Campanaro also offers some special teams value, most notably as a punt returner, which could help his chances at making the 53-man roster again in 2017. Still, even with Steve Smith Sr. retired and Kamar Aiken likely hitting free agency, Campanaro does not project to be a major contributor in Baltimore's passing attack if he is on the roster next season.
Campanaro was brought back to the 53-man roster to help boost Baltimore's punt return unit following Devin Hester's release earlier in the week. He was back to return for both of Philadelphia's punts Sunday, but he didn't get an opportunity to run either back. Campanaro played six offensive snaps and was lightly used, but he did make an impact with his long run in the first quarter. Campanaro's primary role the rest of the season figures to be as the punt returner, and with the
Campanaro (calf) was promoted to the Ravens' active roster Tuesday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Campanaro reached an injury settlement with the Ravens during Week 2 of the season but has since been added to the team's practice squad. It is unknown if the calf injury that prompted the settlement is still an issue, but more updates on his status should come throughout the week. The wideout could contend for a role as a return specialist
Campanaro has been nursing a lingering calf injury since at least May. He was expected to contend for a role returning kickoffs, but the fact of the matter is simply that he couldn't get healthy in time for the regular season, subsequently forcing Baltimore to look elsewhere in the form of veteran special teams ace Devin Hester. However, Zrebiec also noted the Ravens' "hope" is to bring Campanaro back should he return to top form by midseason.
Campanaro was expected to compete for the kick returner position but after his injury struggles the team moved on and signed Devin Hester. Campanaro will be eligible for IR if he clears waivers, but the team has expressed interest in resigning him to the active roster once he's healthy.