NFL Ravens 

3 Takeaways from Week 1 of Ravens training camp

There is no QB competition, but its a position to watch closely

Quarterback Joe Flacco is the starting quarterback no question but with ravens taking former heisman winning QB Lamar Jackson with the last pick in the 1st round of the draft, and the team is trying to end a three-year playoff drought. He has more pressure on him than ever to preform and make in back to the playoffs if not he could be playing in his final season in Baltimore. As a result Flacco has been focused and more accurate than ever and coaches have noticed the difference in him, Also with Lamar jackson officially being named the backup for the HOF game they have already begun to explore multiple plays with both qb’s on the field at the same time. Also Robert Griffin III had also been solid, but I still don’t think he makes the final roster as the ravens never keep 3 quarterbacks on the final 53 man roster  and the ravens need that spot for an extra cornerback or receiver that could also contribute to special teams.

Rookie Tightends are struggling to stay healthy

Expectations were high for rhe ravens #1 pick tight end Hayden Hurst, but he has struggled to stay on the field with a soft-tissue calf injury and missed three consecutive practices to begin training camp. He was able to get back on the field shortly on the 4th day  before having to leave early. Fellow rookie Mark Andrews has also missed time with a unspecified soft-tissue injury, While it’s still early in camp Hurst and Andrews are missing valuable time working with all the quarterbacks. Coach John Harbaugh spoke on their absence  stating “it has been frustrating”  and “You have  to be out here practicing. You can’t be only in the training room and expect to be your best,” The other tight ends, most notably veterans Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams have taken the majority of reps with the first team offense.

The secondary is back healthy, loaded, and has the chance to be once of the top in the league

The Ravens received a pleasant surprise when cornerback Jimmy Smith arrived to training camp ahead of schedule from an Achilles injury he suffered after 10 games last year, he should be ready for the regular-season opener. Next is Tavon Young who also looks solid after missing last year with a knee injury he suffered  the first in training camp.  Marlon Humphrey is primed to make to take the next step in development after stepping up in Smith place and should overtake Brandon Carr as a starter. Pro bowl Safety Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson provide veteran leadership that should keep the back end of the defense organized as they combined for 7 interceptions last season helping  the Ravens lead the NFL with 22 interceptions and could have even more takeaways this upcoming season. The ravens also selected Corner Anthony Averett in the 4th round and Safety DeShon Elliott in the 6th round adding depth at those positions, and their not done with signing players for the secondary as Free agent Bashuad Breeland scheduled a visit and physical with the ravens.

 

 

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