Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) tries to break free from Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) and strong safety Matt Elam (26) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web. Today we wonder whether the new and improved Ravens secondary will step up this season, how increasing reps for rookies has become a thing, and take a deeper look at the battle of offensive line backups.
Will Ravens secondary step up? – Ron Benamor, Russell Street Report
"This year, the Ravens continued their business-like approach to the offseason by revamping the defense.They shored up a struggling secondary and added valuable depth through the draft with the likes of DE Za’Darius Smith, NT Carl Davis, and CB Tray Walker.With a flurry of new players stepping into critical roles, fans want to know, what will the defense look like in 2015?"
More reps for rookies is becoming Ravens’ way – Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun
"Castillo, the Ravens’ veteran offensive line coach, typically has his players on the field before the rest of the position groups and keeps the younger ones out there after the rest of the players have gone into the locker room.Such extra work wasn’t necessarily appreciated by the veterans during Castillo’s first season in 2013, when he worked under the title of run game coordinator. But Castillo’s tireless work ethic and demanding coaching style has certainly paid off with the Ravens, now boasting of one of the deepest and most talented offensive lines that they’ve ever had."
The competition 2015: offensive tackle – Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com
"Monroe and Wagner will be the starters as long as they’re healthy.Knee and ankle injuries knocked Monroe out of seven games last season, including both playoff contests. Baltimore dubbed him their franchise left tackle with a five-year deal worth a reported $37.5 million last offseason. Now they need him to stay healthy and play to that level. He did not participate in Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but reported to mandatory camp in good shape and practiced throughout."
Kelechi Osemele focused on 2015 – Brian Bower, Russell Street Report
"“I feel really good about what I’ve shown,” said Osemele. “Obviously, it helps to come in here and win a Super Bowl. That’s always a good thing, but on top of that, I’ve had great teammates and a great coaching staff behind me.“Coach [Juan] Castillo has been helping me every day, working on my craft. I came in here in the league as a raw player, and right now I’m feeling like I’m becoming more of a technician. So, I’m feeling really good about that. I’ll let my agent handle the contract, and I kind of just focus on my part.”"
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