A comparatively-brief subject aim, no less than for Justin Tucker, was all it took for John Harbaugh to finish the Ravens’ blistering Friday apply early. The 47-yarder sailed via the upright and concluded a apply that yielded few solutions concerning the essential questions dealing with the Ravens.
Let’s begin with the broad receivers, a bunch that was lacking Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay on Friday. Unlike most, I’m pretty comfy with Baltimore’s receiving corps proper now, led by a mature-past-his-years James Proche. I can’t rave sufficient about his work ethic and general method, and he’s actually earned the chance to indicate it might translate to video games.
Of the broad receivers competing for a roster spot, Shemar Bridges stood out probably the most to me, with some glorious work on particular groups and in positional drills. During each, he accomplished a much less-than passable rep, took some teaching and accomplished one other rep with noticeable enchancment. He’s not a each day standout in 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 work, however he’s doing the sorts of issues that earn roster spots. I’m actually trying ahead to watching him within the preseason, which I think about will likely be a very good check for the Division II product.
Jaylon Moore, Binjimen Victor and Makai Polk all proceed to be a constant presence throughout apply, as does Tylan Wallace, although I’m nonetheless on the lookout for a little bit bit extra out of the 2021 fourth-rounder.
The Ravens even have arguably probably the most thrilling group of tight ends within the league, with Mark Andrews getting a number of additional seems from Lamar Jackson with Bateman sidelined. Isaiah Likely is getting a ton of reps from a number of spots as Greg Roman tries to determine what sort of weapon he has on his fingers.
Likely’s matchups with Kyle Hamilton have turn into a should-watch occasion at this level, with three extra 1-on-1’s on Friday. Likely first caught a gimme slant for about 4 yards, then Hamilton broke up a fade. Likely then turned Hamilton round to win the third rep earlier than apply moved on.
Yes, there are nonetheless questions on Baltimore’s receiving depth, as a big damage to both Bateman or Andrews could be disastrous. But dropping one in every of their high two choices could be disastrous for a overwhelming majority of groups within the NFL, none of which have the Ravens’ elite dashing assault. And I feel I’d nonetheless quite take this group than the 2019 and 2020 receiving corps, so I’ll give them an opportunity earlier than calling for reinforcements.
On the defensive facet of the ball, Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston picked up the place they left off final yr dashing the passer. Oweh specifically is flying off the sting, however I haven’t seen every other standouts on the place after Vince Biegel’s damage. Chuck Wiley had a backfield cease, however nobody else stood out.
Brent Urban blew up a number of performs within the backfield, and strikes me as this yr’s returning veteran Raven who performs his finest soccer in Baltimore. “Those veteran guys, they don’t need a thousand reps, but when they get out there, you can kind of tell they know what they’re doing,” mentioned Harbaugh of Urban (and Houston). I’m nonetheless not seeing a lot inside move rush from the defensive position, however the run protection is mostly stout as ever, and deep.
Of the defensive backs, Chuck Clark had a powerful day, as did David Vereen. Damarion Williams struggled in 1-on-1’s, however was flying across the subject in full-group work and had a pleasant interception of Tyler Huntley.
After apply, Harbaugh revealed that Tyler Linderbaum could be out for 1 to 2 weeks – so 2 weeks – however he didn’t appear apprehensive about Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay or Brandon Stephens. It nearly looks as if Bateman and Duvernay had been held out as an excessive precaution with their reps cut up among the many remainder of the broad receivers. Stephens has a “soft tissue” damage and given the group’s defensive again depth, don’t count on him to be rushed again too quickly.
The key phrase for the Ravens appears to be execution. It’s one thing broad receivers coach Tee Martin mentioned a number of occasions throughout his put up-apply press convention, particularly in reference to the Ravens’ upcoming preseason matchup on August 11. Can gamers construct on robust camps and translate them into absolutely-padded, full-contact aggressive video games? Martin even cautioned that gamers performing properly in camp may get too “comfortable…because they’re going against the same guys every day.”
It’s additionally execution in a bigger sense, one thing like delivering on expectations. The gamers round Lamar Jackson are usually not solely conscious of his expertise, however their very own skill to carry out round him. But they’ve to truly ship on that potential, and that’s going to take a number of breakout seasons from younger gamers. It’s considerably attention-grabbing to see a group guess so closely on their very own scouting and training, however based mostly on what I’ve seen, it’s powerful to argue with their method. We’ll see if it pays off.
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