Ravens: Odafe Oweh has ‘been the star’ of the second week of training camp
By Justin Fried
The Baltimore Ravens have to be pleased with the play of first-round pick Odafe Oweh so far this summer.
Despite looking a little overwhelmed at times in the spring, Oweh has returned in training camp and looks like one of the most talented players on the team’s defense.
That trend continued this past week as Oweh was perhaps the star of the second week of training camp. Don’t take my word for it, though.
Take it from Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic who said that Oweh has “undoubtedly been the star of the second week of camp.” That’s high praise given how raw many expected the former Penn State star to be coming out of college.
The Ravens are very impressed with the play of Odafe Oweh.
Oweh has gotten the better of right tackle Alejandro Villanueva this summer with the veteran lineman struggling to contain the speed and power of his younger teammate.
But it hasn’t just been Villanueva. Oweh has been making his presence felt everywhere whether rushing the passer or defending the run.
On Friday, Oweh sprinted across the field to track down J.K. Dobbins who looked to have some serious running room. It’s that type of sideline-to-sideline speed that gives Oweh such a high ceiling.
Later in the practice, Oweh got penetration and stuffed Dobbins behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. Not only has Oweh been racking up sacks, but he’s proving his worth as a run defender.
During Saturday’s practice, Oweh managed a sack in 11-on-11 drills, and then, on the very next play, he recovered a fumble near the goal line.
Odafe Oweh is everywhere in training camp. And the Ravens couldn’t be happier.
The Ravens might still take their time with the 22-year-old as he adjusts to the NFL game. Fortunately, following the Justin Houston signing, they have the veteran depth to do that.
Houston, Tyus Bowser, and Pernell McPhee should all feature into the outside linebacker rotation with Oweh being mixed in as well. There’s also Daelin Hayes and Jaylon Ferguson who are vying for playing time.
The Ravens have options. But if Oweh keeps playing like this, it’s going to be hard to keep him off the field come September.