Jul 30, 2015; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (34) carries the ball during drills on day one of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
As expected, day one of Ravens training camp brought a few surprises. Just when everyone thought that they had the depth chart at running back and wide receiver figured out, the Ravens switched things up a bit.
There was also plenty of (mostly) good news regarding some injured players. Here’s everything you need to know from day one.
- C.J. Mosley has been cleared for contact. The Defensive Rookie of the Year runner up in 2014 is recovering well from offseason wrist surgery.
- Rookie first round draft pick Breshad Perriman lined up as a starter at wide receiver instead of Kamar Aiken, who had previously taken all of the first team reps this offseason. It’s a mild surprise, but not shocking considering how much the Ravens have invested in the young and talented wideout. Unless he completely falls flat on his face, Perriman should be the week 1 starter.
- Shortly after making a sideline catch, Perriman fell on his knee and walked off the field with around 15 minutes left in practice. Perriman was favoring his right knee, but John Harbaugh confirmed after practice that it was a minor injury and that he would miss ‘a couple days at most.’
- Michael Campanaro was a full participant after recovering from an offseason quad injury that involved a small tear in the muscle. Campanaro is still the favorite for the slot receiver job, as well as the currently vacant returner job.
- Jimmy Smith was participating as well following a November Lisfranc surgery on his foot. Smith should be 100% by the start of the season, but the Ravens might take it slow with their $48 million dollar man until then.
- Lorenzo Taliaferro looked very strong after shedding 8 pounds and 4 percent body fat this offseason. He figures to get the bulk of early down work behind starter Justin Forsett, with fourth round rookie Buck Allen picking up some snaps on passing downs.
- Lardarius Webb, presumed to be the starter at cornerback opposite Jimmy Smith, surprisingly showed up out of shape and failed his conditioning test. Webb won’t practice until he can pass the test. It’s not a huge concern right now (this happens all the time around the NFL), but it is an interesting note after Webb already took a pay cut this offseason.
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