The Baltimore Ravens practiced at The Castle in Owings Mills on Thursday, Day 14 of training camp, as they gear up to conquer their first opponent of the preseason in the Philadelphia Eagles as they'll host the SB runner-ups next Saturday at the M&T Bank Stadium.
The final session before the first preseason game of the summer was rather soft, with the members of the Ravens Flock decked in shorts and helmets but not much more than that.
On top of everything, the coaches decided to pair rather odd combinations of units on offense and defense with most plays and drills running on first-vs-third strings and such, which didn't help a lot if all you wanted was to draw some solid conclusions about who's who in the team.
Here are the most interesting questions worth asking after Day 14 of the Baltimore Ravens training camp, with no more practices left on the training schedule before next week and after hosting the Eagles at M&TB.
1. Is cornerback depth becoming a real and scary issue?
Another day, another member of the secondary down. It wasn't a "new" injury this time, but Damarius "Pepe" Williams suffered a setback on Thursday and was forced off the training fields at The Castle before the practice was over.
According to Clifton Brown's practice report over BaltimoreRavens.com, "Jalyn Armour-Davis didn't practice and Pepe Williams left early."
As Brown noted, veterans Rock Ya-Sin and Arthur Maulet are also injured and therefore didn't take part in Thursday's practice, with coach John Harbaugh labeling the Ravens' cornerback depth "an issue."
Quoth Harbaugh: "We've had those guys … they've kind of been in and out. You know 'Pepe' [Damarion Williams] is coming back. It's not a new injury or anything like that, but he's got to bring it back and get up to speed."
Harbaugh also noted that "these little tweaky things" keep happening, and that the team "will look into it."
Mark Viviano of CBS added a bit more information to Williams' injury suffered on Thursday, writing that the veteran CB "left practice early," and that Williams was "carted off the field but walked into the facility."
Even though Williams' injury is not believed to be serious, it showcased once more how thin the cornerback depth is in the current Ravens roster, or if not that, at least how it glaringly lacks talent past the two/three top-level players that comprise it right now.