Ravens rookies impress at practice while injuries mount


Jul 30, 2015; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore (80) runs across the field during day one of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a reason why Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome pegged depth as the team’s greatest need this past offseason.  Injuries are bound to happen, and the Ravens are trying to avoid the disaster that occurred along their secondary down the stretch in 2014.

Unfortunately, their bad luck continued as Matt Elam went down early in training camp and is set to miss the entire season.  Elam’s loss isn’t huge (he was one of the worst safeties in the NFL last season), but it is notable for depth purposes.

Other Ravens sitting out practice with various injuries now include Breshad Perriman, Elvis Dumervil, Tray Walker, Marlon Brown, Chris Greenwood, and Rashaan Melvin.

On the brighter side of things, a number of Ravens rookies and returning veterans really flashed over the weekend on the practice field.  Among them is 2014’s rookie sensation C.J. Mosley, who looks fully recovered from offseason wrist surgery.

Justin Tucker connected on a 64 yard field goal Monday night at M&T, while Matt Schaub continued to struggle with arm strength and poor decision making.

Several rookies have looked good recently, including sixth rounder Darren Waller, who beat safety Will Hill on a deep pass for a touchdown.  Tight end Maxx Williams finally made some nice grabs but also had a bad drop.

Buck Allen continued his strong play, scoring a touchdown off a screen pass and juking Albert McClellan out of his cleats.

Hope you enjoy today’s Ravens links roundup!

Play of the day

Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the FanSided network

Injuries change the shape of competitionsJeremiah D. Sater, The Baltimore Wire

Fantasy Football sleeper watch: Breshad PerrimanZachary Thompson, FanSided

Matt Elam injury leaves Ravens with void at safetyJoe Serpico, The Baltimore Wire

Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the rest of the interwebs

Mosley looking sharpClifton Brown, CSN Baltimore

Ravens practice in front of 22k at M&TClifton Brown, CSN Baltimore

Timmy Jernigan showcasing run defense alongside pass rush in campJon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun

Rookies impress at stadium practiceGarrett Downing, BaltimoreRavens.com

Ravens tweets

"Harbaugh said that the Ravens aren’t planning to add a safety with Elam done for season. He feels Ravens still have good depth at spot.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) August 4, 2015"

"Justin Tucker creates biggest cheers of night by hitting 64-yard field goal.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) August 4, 2015"

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