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Mellette Digs Out Of Harbaugh’s Dog House

Camp Notes Mellette Digs Out Of Harbaugh’s Dog House

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20+ Comments dave says It's too bad such a low % of his catches are for TD's. What's wrong with him ... no smell for the end zone?

It has been a roller-coaster type of week for Ravens rookie wide receiver Aaron Mellette.

On Thursday, Mellette caught his first career NFL touchdown — the only pass thrown his way.

The following practice, coach John Harbaugh tore him a new one.

“Get number 13 off the field,” Harbaugh yelled to the sidelines, criticizing Mellette on a field in front of fans watching practice on a small hill near the sidelines. “He’s lackadaisical and lazy, get number 13 off the field.”

Mellette was just one of a handful of players on Saturday to feel the wrath of Harbaugh. However, it appears Mellette has put that behind him, stealing the show during the Ravens open practice at M&T Bank Stadium, finishing his best day of training camp to date.

“Anything good or bad as far coaching, you take it and you learn from it and you move on to the next day,” said the 7th round pick from Elon University. “We had a talk about the situation and what happened. I’m not going to go into details about it but me and him talked about it.”

“There was nothing on bad terms at all, we talked it out and we’re on the same page.”

Since no wide receiver has stepped up to fill any of the roles behind Torrey Smith, Harbaugh has his wideouts in the crosshairs. Lazy and lackadaisical aside, Mellette has great hands and he put them on display in front of over 25,000 fans who came to watch practice at the stadium.

“That’s what they brought me here to do, to catch passes and make plays,” Mellette said. ” If I couldn’t catch, I’d be playing defense. No hate on the defensive backs, they expect me to catch the ball and that’s what I’m going to do when the QB comes my way.”

The friendly competition amongst teammates is something that Mellette has been embracing. Cracking jokes on defensive backs was fitting for the unproven player, especially given that he was being harassed the whole time by cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith during his interview. It appears that he and his new teammates are really embracing competition between each other and gelling off the field.

“I’m learning a lot, different corners have different abilities,” said Mellette. “Jimmy [Smith], he’s different from Ladarius Webb and Chykie [Brown]. I’m talking to those guys and getting different tips on how to beat different corners.”

So far, beating corners has been one of Mellette’s specialties as he continues to build his audition tape for the coaching staff. Mellette possesses a great combination of size, speed and hands, but it’s a matter of putting everything together on film, not just in the game but in practice. Harbaugh likely meant to call out Mellette to make him better and put him on notice because he expects more.

On Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons, the rangy receiver will get another chance to reward the team’s faith in him and steer clear of the dog house.

 

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20 comments
dave
dave

It's too bad such a low % of his catches are for TD's. What's wrong with him ... no smell for the end zone?

bj
bj

Betcha Harbs thorws a Banana at him.

Bruce
Bruce

Tony, I followed Matt Furstenberg at Maryland and liked him a lot. What are his chances of making the team? I know it's still early but would like your opinion. Thanks.

what3rd
what3rd

I think w/ all of the receivers we have, we will have a number 1 (T Smith) and a committee. No number 2, 3 4. Jim Caldwell is a smart guy. He will create enough plays using the receivers we keep to create mismatched for the opposing D.

Robert Fuse
Robert Fuse

"Since no wide receiver has stepped up to fill any of the roles behind Torrey Smith, Harbaugh has his wideouts in the crosshairs." I wouldn't say that. I think LaQuan has stepped up big time. If he continues to make plays, he can't be ignored. Aldo, I really like Mellette. I was very impressed with him during practice.

Big C
Big C

I know that Laquan stays making plays... like literally is always making sweet grabs in practice. Is there some sort of off the field type of thing we don't see that's holding the kid back? Is he late to stuff? Is he not looking at enough tape? Not coming in on the "off" day? It has to be something, we don't win at Pittsburgh without his two big catches...

Tommy.O
Tommy.O

I really like Mellete. I hope him and LaQuan get a chance to run with the first team. I know we signed Stokley and Clark but i want the youngs guys to get a chance to run with the ones. There are only so many spots on the roster and i would hate to lose one of these two. They both have earned a chance to run with the ones IMHO. @Tony- Have you seen any indication that they will get a chance to run with the ones in the up coming game?

spy
spy

Harbs doesn't know what to do , he doesn't know how to 'coach em' up , that is why he is having Ozzie look for veteran receivers , guys he doesn;t have to teach,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he has lost his 'on field coaches in Boldin , Lewis , Reed , etc and is lost without them,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Unibomber
Unibomber

Harbs was challenging him to do his best. During Webb's rookie year he did the same thing. Maybe he sees something in him.

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Bruce, I think he's a practice squad player.

Big Perm
Big Perm

Laquan looks great against 2nd and 3rd stringers. Awesome!

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Tommy, they've done it at times in practice. I see no reason not to give them a chance on Thursday, particularly since no other receiver is seizing the opportunity.

Rants N Ravens
Rants N Ravens

I'm with Tony as far as hoping spy on's post was tongue in cheek; otherwise, I couldn't disagree more. Harbs is the man and an excellent football coach.

Nick
Nick

this year is a test. Harbs "decisionmaking" per keeping Cam and benching McKinnie cost us last year.

Rants N Ravens
Rants N Ravens

Despite the disturbing message board handle, happy to see someone who actually gets it.

Ron
Ron

Cost us by winning a super bowl... makes sense...

Rumor Ray
Rumor Ray

Honestly I really think that spy believes what he said. He is wrong however. I think people forget that in 5 years Harbs has been to the playoffs every season and won the Super Bowl. Out of 32 teams he is the only coach to do that.

Nick B
Nick B

Nick, that comment means I now have to add something to my name so I'm not confused with you. Wow.

g money
g money

hopefully, he makes a few more bad decisions and costs us this year in the same way.

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