3 Questions after Day 13 of Ravens training camp: Is this a legitimate defense?

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3. Is physicality and "real football" all this defense needs to thrive?

Brothers and sisters, the Ravens' stout defense has arrived, and it did so in full force on Wednesday judging by those reporting from Owings Mills, Md.

Just to give you a quick glimpse of the domination, I have archived some notes from different beat reporters for you to enjoy and learn more about the unit in just a couple of minutes of reading.

Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com started his practice report by writing "The Ravens turned up the physicality" pointing out "nobody seemed more eager or appreciative than ILB Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen."

As recounted by Mink, Day 13 of training camp kicked off and the defense proceeded to stop the offense on "four straight plays from the 1-yard line."

They started by stuffing RB Justice Hill, then stopped RB Melvin Gordon, broke a pass to Mark Andrews, and finally broke another one intended for Odell Beckham. Defense 4, Offense 0, folks.

According to Mink's report, the defensive unit also got to pick a quarterback for the first time after failing to do so in back-to-back practices to start the week after rookie S Jaquan Amos "corralled an errant throw from Lamar Jackson."

Moving on to The Baltimore Sun, their report noted how "running back Melvin Gordon and inside linebacker Patrick Queen exchanged words after a competitive period," adding that the defense "brought the intensity and physicality" on Wednesday.

They also highlighted "Roquan Smith leading with his voice and by example," and "Patrick Queen and Kyle Hamilton quickly followed suit."

According to the outlet, "Queen [was] doing everything he could to match Smith’s physicality and intensity," which seemingly included "putting a hard hit on [UDFA running back] Keaton Mitchell over the middle after a short pass."

If all the defense needs to thrive are a bunch of pads and a green light to charge against opposing offenses at full steam, then we can't wait to watch what the unit can do during the first pre-season game against the Eagles on Saturday.

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