It was one other scorcher on the Castle immediately, scorching sufficient that the Ravens needed to take a halftime relaxation/water break in the course of their afternoon observe. According to a number of longtime attendees, the ten-minute break was the primary of its type in Ravens coaching camp historical past, doubtless as a part of Baltimore’s efforts to protect the well being and health of their gamers this season.
David Ojabo and Marcus Peters had been among the many injured Ravens that could possibly be seen on the sidelines, with Devin Duvernay (thigh) and Brandon Stephens (undisclosed) nonetheless absent. Josh Bynes and Justin Houston weren’t on the sphere, both, although they may have vet days off.
The huge information out of this observe would be the announcement from John Harbaugh that exterior linebacker Vince Biegel tore his Achilles, which is able to sideline him for the third season in a row. Harbaugh referred to as it “disappointing” and indicated that Biegel was on his solution to incomes a roster spot as a consequence of his spectacular camp exhibiting earlier than the harm.
Harbaugh additionally advised media that first-spherical choose Tyler Linderbaum will probably be high quality after limping off the observe area early within the day. Linderbaum’s absence for the remainder of observe was “precautionary,” with Patrick Mekari stepping up in his place.
Proche hauled in a number of passes, together with a pleasant sideline snag for a landing and an exquisite 70+ yard bomb from Lamar Jackson in the course of the first half of observe. His first-on, final-off angle and keen participation in each drill he can contain himself in is a transparent signal of a participant hungry for extra alternative and decided to profit from it.
Likely has been getting a borderline-absurd quantity of coaching camp hype, however he’s precisely as marketed. He had again-to-again touchdowns on contested catches and is exhibiting a preternatural potential to return down with the ball. He’s additionally been efficient over the center of the sphere, although he’s nonetheless engaged on his timing and chemistry with Jackson. Getting Likely on the sphere with Mark Andrews might trigger matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.
Tyler Badie and Justice Hill had the very best days of the Ravens’ working again group. Badie has a ton of burst with the ball in his arms and seemed efficient catching passes out of the backfield. Hill seemed even higher as a move-catcher, getting a number of separation on just a few good nook routes. It doesn’t appear to be Hill’s Achilles tear final preseason is affecting him in any respect, and I feel his particular groups prowess and familiarity with the Ravens offense will preserve him securely within the combine for a roster spot.
On the defensive aspect of the ball, the affect of ex-Michigan assistant Ryan Osborne might be seen in particular person and positional drills with the linebackers, explicit the sting rushers. Both Aiden Hutchinson and David Ojabo praised Osborne and credited him for his or her growth at Michigan simply as a lot as they did Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald. But after Biegel’s harm, no quantity of stepping up from Odafe Oweh can conceal the dearth of depth on this group’s roster. Oweh, Houston and Daelin Hayes are the one roster locks, with veteran Steven Means and undrafted rookies Jeremiah Moon and Chuck Wiley additionally taking snaps at edge. At this level, I’d be shocked if Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t find yourself in Baltimore.
Patrick Queen was one other participant to observe. He blew up just a few working performs and had a pleasant move break-up in a drill, an encouraging signal for these hoping for a 3rd-12 months breakout from the previous LSU linebacker. I’m nonetheless in search of him to be extra snug dropping again into zone protection in the course of the sphere, one thing he didn’t get a lot of an opportunity to do on Thursday.
It’s onerous to see the protection taking form with so many rotations in 11-on-11s and the Ravens offense figuring out some kinks of their very own, but it surely’s clear that Macdonald has a holistic method to putting in his protection. For instance, he would have defenders line up as offensive gamers and simulate pre-snap movement because the ‘real’ defenders made their changes. It’s clear that he needs each participant to study each a part of their protection as greatest as they will.
There is an actual emphasis on accountability in Baltimore, as exemplified by the lap run by eight-12 months veteran Morgan Moses after a false begin. He laughed about it after on the podium, but it surely was clear from his demeanor that he and the remainder of the group are holding themselves to a particularly excessive commonplace this 12 months. Moses additionally talked about that Oweh will ask him questions throughout observe to raised perceive an offensive deal with’s mindset, one thing that could be coming from Macdonald’s teaching method.
My closing notes are across the spirit and really feel of this group. There’s an fascinating combination of quiet confidence and spirited enjoyable in Baltimore. The kids on either side of the ball are taking management roles on and off the sphere, particularly Odafe Oweh, Rashod Bateman and James Proche. But they’re relative kids within the NFL and having enjoyable, like when Oweh and Bateman mobbed Lamar Jackson when he went to greet a youth soccer group. The youngsters wished Lamar, and when he lastly obliged, Oweh and Bateman joined within the screaming to tease Jackson concerning the consideration he receives from the youth at camp.