Welcome to the first edition of a new feature here on EbonyBird.com that will be called “Straight Outta Westminster”. If you don’t understand the pop culture reference, you’re obviously a loser. Anyways, staff writer Justin Silberman is a frequent attendee of Ravens training camp at lovely McDaniel College in the lovely town of Westminster, Maryland. He’ll be sharing what he sees and takes out of training camp each time he goes.
What this post will normally encompass is the best performance(s) of the day, the worst, and an additional noteworthy story. You know you’ll always be in for a treat when Justin evaluates players’ performances, as it’s tough to find a more passionate fan. Enjoy.
Click “Continue Reading” to see what Justin thought about training camp on Friday, July the 30th.
Joe Flacco hit the field Friday afternoon at McDaniel looking to improve certain aspects of his game after two successful seasons as Ravens starting quarterback. Once stretching and warm-ups had finished, the 11,000-plus fans who came to McDaniel College started screaming and cheering as if it were a regular season game at M&T Bank stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Flacco looked very strong working with the offense inside the ten yard line where he hit rookie tight end Ed Dickson for a score as Dickson went fearlessly across the middle to make an impressive grab in 2 on 1 traffic.
For Marc Bulger, things started out slowly and got even worst for the seasoned veteran throughout Friday’s afternoon session. In Bulger’s first 11-on-11 scrimmage, he went 0-5 through the air, and threw two consecutive interceptions.
Many others in the media have liked what they have seen from Bulger so far throughout camp, however I have not been impressed by Bulger’s performance whatsoever. Not only has he not produced in camp, but his mechanics and lack of presence in the pocket are things I find very concerning. Hopefully it’s just a little bit of rust for Bulger and he can figure it out before the season. As a die-hard Ravens fan, I certainly hope that they didn’t splash out all this money for a veteran who looks way, way over the hill.
Fabian Washington returned to camp today after being removed from the PUP list. Washington had a red, no-contact jersey on, as the team will try to avoid further injury in the secondary. Washington’s speed and athleticism was apparent throughout the afternoon session as he went up and deflected multiple passes. His patience in the secondary and his coverage ability seemed to be at mid-season form, and it’s an extremely hopeful thing to see for the Ravens and their fans.