Ravens Training Camp

Jerry Coleman

Training Camp Today: Rookie Linebackers Make Big Plays

July 24, 2018 - 5:18 pm

By Kyle Andrews

The Baltimore Ravens had their second padded practice of the season on Tuesday, with tight end Mark Andrews (soft tissue), offensive tackle Greg Senat (soft tissue) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (rest, Achilles) missing the day. Tight end Hayden Hurst (soft tissue) returned from injury but was removed from practice early for precautionary reasons.
Starting quarterback Joe Flacco’s mechanics looked much improved with the addition of quarterbacks coach James Urban. Flacco rolled out much more in practice, using athleticism more reminiscent of his 2012 Super Bowl run. He mostly worked with wide receivers Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead IV and John Brown. Snead IV and Chris Moore were used further away from the end zone on deeper routes. 
Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson was inconsistent, making a throw to wideout Tim White, but also missing his next two throws to Moore and Snead IV. Many of his throws came from poor timing, not lack of arm strength. His mechanics were more deliberate, showing that he had been working with Urban.

Defensive standouts:
Outside linebackers Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams flew around the ball today. Often being used in twist blitzes, the two second-year players were able to apply pressure on the offensive line. 
Defensive end Bronson Kafusi displayed his versatility, being lined up at linebacker, defensive end and defensive tackle at times. He also caused some breakdown in the quarterback play of Jackson, causing him to scramble more often. 
Rookie inside linebackers Chris Board and Kenny Young stood out as well during the day, especially in the passing game. Board made a pick-six and a few pass deflections and Young knocked a few passes down himself. 

Offensive standouts:
Brown displayed his route-running ability during red zone passes on air and also was able to shake a defender for a touchdown. 
Wide receiver Jordan Lasley flashed on the day, making big grabs outside of the numbers from Flacco and Jackson. 
Tight ends Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams and Vince Mayle are fighting for what could be the final two spots at the tight end. All three players had a big day, especially Boyle with a strong catch through the middle and absorbing contact. Williams made multiple catches and looked more fleet of foot. 
Mayle was able to recover from a pass deflection from cornerback Maurice Canady with a physical grab over him on the next play. 

Smith discussed his four-game drug suspension last season. According to Smith, it was due to a pre-workout supplement and he didn’t do his due diligence on seeing if it was banned or not. 
“I should have been a lot more conscious of what pre-workout I was putting in there,” said Smith. “I got popped. I was going to appeal it, but when I tore the Achilles, I took it [the suspension] and just went home.”
Baltimore will have the day off on Wednesday and resume practice on Thursday at 8:45 a.m.