It was a hot Friday afternoon at The Castle. The Baltimore Ravens entered their second official day of practice looking to build on the things they worked on the day before. Coach John Harbaugh expressed a desire to double the amount of information the rookies received during Thursday’s practice. Here are a few quick notes on how Friday’s practice went:
- It was a little over 100 degrees outside and it showed on Friday. A number of players were suffering from dehydration on Friday. The trainers earned their pay checks. The coaching staff made sure they took periodic breaks to keep the players from passing out. TE Davon Drew looked the worst of the bunch.
- Jimmy Smith stepped on the field for the first time on Friday and all eyes were on him. He is by far the Ravens biggest corner. Very physical play style. At times he was a little too physical. Defensive back coach let him know on a particular play that if this was a real game, they would have been hit with a 5 yard penalty. He’s going to excel on man to man press coverage. Jimmy Smith says he’s preparing himself to start week 1.
- Torrey Smith didn’t seem affected by the cramps that slowed him down on Thursday. He has an amazing burst of speed out of the line of scrimmage. Usually receivers with his size and speed don’t have the hands to compliment his talents. That’s not the case with Smith. He reeled in the majority of the passes thrown his way. A couple of over the shoulder catches. On one play, he beat Jimmy Smith deep on a play that would have been a touchdown. He’s had a strong camp so far.
- Jah Reid did ok in camp on Friday as well. Not as strong a showing as Thursday however. He was pushed back a bit in a couple of plays. He needs to work on his technique when matched up with defensive lineman with above average quickness and speed. On running plays, he simply dominates his side of the line. This might be one of Ozzie Newsome’s best draft classes ever.
- It’s early, but the Ravens best acquisition may have been James Hardy. I’ll be able to get a better feel for the players once the pads are on. But Hardy has a big body and uses it well. He will be an excellent target in the redzone. Justin Harper and James Hardy is a position battle that I will watch closely.
- Josh Victorian looked good for a second straight day. Chykie Brown showed some flashes but had a pretty rough day overall. If Josh Victorian continues to improve, he may take a roster spot away from Brown.
- Tyrod Taylor is short, but he can move. On one particular play, the line broke down during a blitz, and he made three players miss before running to the sideline for a gain of 10. Flacco was of course the better of the 3 quarterbacks. He improved on his accuracy from the previous day. He’s getting his timing down with Torrey Smith and Boldin.
- The running back group is very quick. Ray Rice is taking more of a leadership role in camp. Very vocal on the field. He’s also hitting the hole a lot harder than in previous years. He looks to improve on his numbers from last year. Anthony Allen and Matt Lawrence are making the most out of Mcgahee’s departure. If the ravens can’t bring in a veteran running back to spell for Rice, these 2 will battle for that spot.
- Terrell Suggs passed his physical and conditioning test on Friday and should return to practice on Saturday. Ed Reed has been absent from camp so far but should return to practice on Saturday as well. David Reed, Ben Grubbs, Ramon Harewood, and Brandon McKinney were all on the PUP list and therefore did not practice.
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