Jul 24, 2014; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tackle Jah Reid (76) blocks tackle Parker Graham (79) during practice at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to lunchtime links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we have an update on the Lardarius Webb injury from yesterday, some more camp notes, why Jimmy Smith isn’t optimistic about a contract extension, and the play of the day from practice.
The Ravens and their fans had a mini heart attack yesterday when Lardarius Webb exited the field to get some treatment, but thankfully it appears that no serious injury occurred. Webb was simply experiencing back spasms and didn’t appear to have any trouble getting around. Great news for a team that can’t afford any (more) injuries at the cornerback position.
Adding to our camp notes from yesterday evening are Jamison Hensley’s. Hensley points out that the offense just flat out looked sloppy, with plenty of false starts and drops. Even “Cool” Joe Flacco was visibly upset, but these types of things are to be expected with the installation of a new offense. Especially one that is based on timing and precision. Hensley did report that Bernard Pierce looked great, and Timmy Jernigan was consistently in the backfield.
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Jimmy Smith is telling us that he isn’t optimistic about a contract extension, even though Ozzie Newsome has mentioned it recently. That was before Smith’s recent arrest, of course. “I have two years left and I’m pretty sure that I’ll probably go two years,” Smith said. “That’s my mindset anyway.” We wouldn’t bank on Smith passing up a nice raise, but the question is how much of a hit did his value take after his off field incident?
Our favorite for Raven’s breakout player of 2014, Matt Elam, made the play of the day in practice yesterday. Elam picked off a pass that was initially tipped by fellow safety Darian Stewart. One thing is for sure, and that is if Will Hill can keep his head on straight this is going to be one great safety group. Those three, plus youngster Terrence Brooks, have all the makings of a top unit in the NFL.
Do you think the Ravens will get a contract extension done with Jimmy Smith before his current contract runs out?