3. Have the Ravens found a few diamonds in the rough for their secondary?
Every day since veteran cornerback Rock Ya-Sin went down injured midway through last week, we've been hearing about a different player or players on the Ravens' secondary putting on a defensive show trying to earn a role opposite CB1 Marlon Humphrey.
That didn't change on Monday to start the third week of Ravens training camp, as reported by Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com.
To kick the second week of August off, it looks like the Ravens found their best two secondary performers in Jalyn Armour-Davis and Brandon Stephens. Brown wrote in his report that they "are taking advantage of their training camp reps," as the competition to accompany Humphrey in the unit "heats up."
Armour-Davis has been the main CB2 taking on the bulk of the reps left open by Ya-Sin after the former went down injured. JAD, who only played four games last year, is focused on staying healthy and consistent next season, as he told reporters following Monday's practice.
Another veteran, Brandon Stephens, has reportedly "taken reps at safety, outside corner, and slot corner," according to what Brown wrote in his column. So far, the do-it-all defender has been "showing the versatility that make him so valuable."
D-Backs coach Dennard Wilson touched on the two players after Monday's session, saying that he has been "impressed" with JAD's progress, going the distance to say the cornerback has "good footwork" and "top-end speed."
Speaking about Stephens, coach Harbaugh said that the veteran safety can "play every position" and be "very good" at it. Stephens himself has been quoted by Brown saying that he "doesn't have a preference as to which position he plays," and that he "does plenty of film work to keep himself ready."
It's still early in camp with no pre-season games played to date and Rock Ya-Sin is not expected to miss any regular-season time, but the Ravens and the Flock Nation can start breathing a sigh of relief knowing there are some capable players available in the depth chart.