The Ravens offense didn’t turn in their finest day of training camp on Saturday as the defense dominated the day but there were a few bright spots as the team continues to install Gary Kubiak’s new offense.
Wide receiver Jacoby Jones’ history and experience with Gary Kubiak is certainly translating to the practice field this summer. Jones, who played with Kubiak in Houston once again turned in an outstanding day. One play after safety Omar Brown broke up a pass intended for Jones, the speedy receiver made an impressive double step move to gain separation on Brown and made a huge catch for a long offensive gain.
Jones also had a nice day working the sidelines for gains against both Asa Jackson and Will Hill. On a perfectly thrown ball from Flacco to Jacoby near the sideline, Jones made a remarkable tight rope move up the sideline before cutting back across the field for big gain.
While it isn’t exactly known what Jacoby’s receiving role will be in 2014, if he continues to stack great practices Kubiak will have a tough time keeping him off the field.
More Notes & Observations
With Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele given the day off, the Ravens offensive line was sub par at best. On several plays the defense found their way into the backfield to either pressure or sack quarterbacks Joe Flacco or Tyrod Taylor. Second year offensive lineman Ryan Jensen battled with Kapron Lewis-Moore all morning and the two ended up getting into a small fight towards the end of practice.
Quarterback Joe Flacco expressed his displeasure with the offense including himself on multiple reps in 11 on 11 drills. Flacco overthrew receivers at times and missed an open Dennis Pitta by throwing wide to his left. Disgusted at himself Flacco dropped an F-bomb yelled for the entire sideline to hear.
The tight ends had a relatively quiet day on the practice field but rookie Crockett Gillmore faired well in both run blocking and pass catching. Gillmore caught one short pass and managed to drag safety Matt Elam up field for at least four or five extra yards.
Wide receiver Kamar Aiken turned in another plus performance, a pattern over the past week or so. On Saturday he saw reps with both the first and second team offense. Aiken made an incredible shoestring catch from Taylor for a touchdown. Undrafted wide receiver Jeremy Butler and Aiken continue to build cases to make the team.
Kicker Justin Tucker was rock solid as always. During field goal drills, Tucker connected on all seven attempts including two from beyond 50 yards.
Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro left practice early with a trainer. It is unknown at this time if he was injured or the severity of the potential injury.
Will Rackley contined to miss practice due to a concussion.
Marsha Yanda, Owen Daniels and Kelechi Osemele were given the day off.
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