Ravens training camp highlights & lowlights: 8/5/18

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Ravens training camp highlights & lowlights: 8/5/18 The Ravens practiced under a nice hot Maryland sun this morning , but tempers didn’t flare. As they’ve practiced nearly all training camp, it was another day in shorts and jerseys.Player of the Day: Marlon HumphreyJaleel Scott along the sideline in the endzone jumps up and reels in a pass with Marlon beside him in the air. They both come down and the crowd cheers as it looks like Scott has it. As they hit the turf the ball flies out with Marlon’s arm rips through. The cheers from fans silence, then realize they should start cheering for Humphrey, though it’s too late. The defense is howling and one by one celebrating with the sophomore cornerback. By the end, Matt Judon is yelling and teasing the crowd. “You thought he had it,” Judon’s shouting. “Not today!”DefenseMultiple defensive backs stepped up today, including Maurice Canady, Anthony Levine Sr. and Chuck Clark. The first two swatted down passes while Clark caught an errant interception.Another day, another Tavon Young interception. Yes, I’m just copying and pasting this because he did it yet again. It was also against Janarion Grant, who bobbled the pass before Young made the play. It’s a shame fans won’t be able to see extensive starting defensive play for another month, because Tavon’s bullied the slot on a daily basis.A great play was made by Stanley Jean-Baptitse, intercepting a bobbled pass. He took off and made a spin-move around a lineman, but as he went to the ground he fumbled the football, giving the ball right back to the offense.Terrell Suggs had a strong practice, especially as he flew back in from Canton, Ohio last night. During drill with the offense in their endzone he clearly would have produced a safety. I believe it was against the first-team offense, but the crowd of players was difficult to look around.OffenseAnother copy and paste here, John Brown catching a 25-yard pass from Joe Flacco. As Humphrey slides back a bit more the offense is calling plays for Brown to cut back towards the ball and make leaping grabs. Humphrey’s been there , but only a moment late, allowing the catch. This rapport with Brown and Flacco is lethal.Javorius Allen found a big hole in the middle during 11s up the middle for an 11-yard gain. It’s tough to judge if these plays actually go this far without the pads, but not in this instance. Alex Lewis and Matt Skura sealed their blocks and Buck sprinted through the hole for a big gain.Plays were made by multiple offensive players, but Robert Griffin III produced solid decisions on read-option plays. He took one for ten yards and Gus Edwards took another for eight. He also found a breakdown in coverage where he sprinted up the middle for what may have been a long touchdown run. There was only a safety to beat, but it was close.Most of the quarterbacks looked sharp, but Josh Woodrum hooked up Jordan Lasley in the middle for a 15-yard gain at the beginning of practice. The rookie has dazzled in practice.10 takeaways from Ravens win over the Rams The Baltimore Ravens dominated the Los Angeles Rams as they won 33-7 in Week one of the preseason. The one caveat with this game for the Ravens is that Los Angeles only played two starters. Nevertheless, this was an encouraging performance for Baltimore. Below are ten takeaways from this game. 1. The Ravens first-team offense and defense did what they should have doneAs mentioned above, the Rams rested a majority of their starters, while Baltimore did not. The only projected starters missing from action for the Ravens were Marshal Yanda and Tony Jefferson. Baltimore’s first-team offense, led by Joe Flacco, orchestrated a methodical 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a Patrick Ricard six-yard touchdown reception. The Ravens offense, as they should have, dominated a second-team defense. Baltimore’s first-team defense also had their way with a second-team Rams offense. They only allowed one first down and recorded two sacks, which included a strip-sack from Terrell Suggs. The Ravens’ defense has been hyped up all offseason, and they did what they should have done: dominated an offense led by backups.2. RB Gus Edwards is stillthe leader in the UDFA clubhouseThe 14-year streak of an undrafted free agent making Baltimore’s 53-man roster is on the line and running back Gus Edwards continues to be the leader of the pack. After a rough week of practice that included two fumbles, he bounced back in a big way on Thursday night. Edwards rushed for 58 yards, but he also had a crucial drop on third down. Regardless, Edwards was again the star of the night for the undrafted free agents. Mark Thompson may have closed the gap as he had an impressive 29-yard reception Youth Matt Skura Jersey , but he is still trailing Edwards.3. OLB Tim Williams is slowly earning more repsWilliams’ rookie season was a disappointment as he was a healthy scratch for half of the year. He struggled with the speed of the game, and he showcased how raw of a prospect he truly was. This preseason has been the complete opposite. Williams flashed in the Hall of Fame Game, and he had a dominant performance against the Rams. He was consistently beating his matchup as he recorded one sack. With Tyus Bowser on the sidelines, Williams will likely battle with Za’Darious Smith for snaps. 4. QB Lamar Jackson continues to progress in his developmentNaturally, quarterback Lamar Jackson has been the biggest storyline thus far. In the Hall of Fame Game, he was inconsistent, but against the Rams, it was far more positive. Jackson delivered several big-time throws, including a 36-yard strike to Chris Moore. Compared to his NFL debut last week, he looked more comfortable in the pocket, while he also displayed his athleticism by rushing for a touchdown. He avoided sacks on several occasions, and with a better offensive line in this matchup than he had in the previous game, he produced. 5. Rookie wide receivers continue to struggleRookie wide receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott combined for one reception for nine yards off of five targets, while they each had a drop. Lasley’s drop was far more concerning than Scott’s, but it was still a rough outing for both receivers. Jackson overthrew Scott in the end zone, but other than that, the pair of rookie receivers struggled to create separation.6. LB Kamalei Correa failed to build off of impressive Hall of Fame GameCorrea was coming off of the best performance of his entire NFL career, but he failed to repeat that. He received snaps at both inside and outside linebacker, and he was unable to generate much pressure. Correa’s instincts at the inside linebacker spot are still under question. He is considered to be on the roster bubble , and he did not help his cause.7. Janarion Grant failed to capitalize on ‘golden opportunity’With Tim White out, Grant had a perfect chance to gain ground in the returner competition. He did not have a terrible showing as he did not drop or fumble any of the kicks, but he did not make a signature play either. Grant needed to have a highlight type of return, and he failed to deliver. 8. DL/FB Patrick Ricard continues to prove his worthPatrick Ricard was considered to be a near-lock heading into the preseason, and after two-games, it is hard to argue that he is not a lock at this point. Against the Rams, Ricard caught a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco, while he also recorded four total tackles and a quarterback hit. He was consistently in the backfield as it was another successful night for ‘Project Pat.’9. Zach Sieler gained an edge in defensive line position battleSieler is battling with Bronson Kaufusi for what could be the final spot on the defensive line, and he certainly improved his roster stock in this matchup. Sieler recorded two total tackles and one sack. He was excellent at generating pressure along the defensive line. Sieler may have been a seventh-round pick, but he has plenty of potential, and that was on full display on Thursday night. 10. WR Breshad Perriman exploded onto the scenePerriman may have stolen the show at the end of the game with his spectacular 32-yard touchdown. It was against mostly reserves, but it was still a great sign from the former 2015 first-round pick. He struggled throughout his entire career thus far and likely lost confidence, but given his rare speed and measurables, Perriman could always turn the corner if he can consistently catch the ball. Although this was only one game and he still has plenty of work to do, this was an encouraging performance from Perriman. He was targeted four times and did not record a single drop, which is a step in the right direction. His technique and fundamentals looked cleaner and crisper, which is an excellent sign for Baltimore.

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