Jul 24, 2014; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) signs autographs for fans after practice at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Training Camp Notes 7/26
Today was the first day of practice that featured contact, and the action on the field certainly reflected the heat outside. We saw quite a few plays being made on the ball, on both sides of the ball. Newly signed safety Will Hill made an immediate presence on the field.
Seventh round pick Michael Campanaro seems to be doing what he needs to do to seize a roster spot at the crowded wide receiver position.
There were some nice plays in the running game as well.
And Chykie Brown continues to get burned by everybody. The guy has had about as bad a camp so far as you could possibly have.
Lardarius Webb missed another practice due to his back spasms, but the team maintains that they are not serious. Can’t blame them for being overly cautious here, as the team lacks quality depth at the cornerback position. Dominique Franks still hasn’t passed his conditioning test and missed his third straight practice.
Speaking of cornerback depth, Aaron Ross is officially out for the season.
There were a couple of close injury calls today as well. There are always kinks to be worked out, so we are holding our breath through this summer work.
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Gary Kubiak also announced he would be calling plays from the field this season. There really isn’t any evidence that the field is better or worse than the booth, but we like seeing our coaches on the sideline, personally.
Kubiak had praise for impressive fullback Kyle Juszczyk, and some praise/criticism for the uneven Jah Reid.
Kubiak revealed that Ryan Jensen is no longer part of the right tackle competition, so it does look like they are counting on Reid to improve.
Dean Pees was most definitely not pleased with his defense on day 3. They have been giving up some big plays, but Pees attributes that more to lack of physicality than speed.
That wraps up another day of training camp! Stay tuned for all the latest updates as we move through the summer and onward to real football.