Minicamp Day 3 – The Secondary Shines

Street Talk Minicamp Day 3 – The Secondary Shines

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In their last practice until training starts on July 27, the secondary ruled the day. Under cloudy skies on Thursday, they gave quarterbacks Ryan Mallett, Josh Johnson and Jerrod Johnson fits.

During 7-on-7 and teams drills, the Ravens secondary was responsible for numerous pass breaks up and multiple interceptions. Lardarius Webb was responsible for one while playing safety, jumping a route on a pass intended for Kamar Aiken.

It remains a mystery who exactly will get the nod opposite Jimmy Smith. Reps were split between Shareece Wright, Jerraud Powers and Sheldon Price with the first team defense. Webb and Eric Weddle appear to have a firm grip as the starting safeties. Matt Elam and Kendrick Lewis took reps with the second team defense.

Terrence Brooks has all but been negated to the third string defense.

Pass Rush on Point

With Brandon Williams absent from practice the Ravens fared well getting after the passer on Thursday morning.

Second-year linebacker Za’Darius Smith and third-year defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan and Brent Urban created havoc on the first team offensive line. The pass rushing duo caused numerous quarterback hurries and would-be quarterback hits and sacks had it been a game situation.

Rookie OLB Kamalei Correa showed his high motor. He was often in pursuit of Ryan Mallett while taking reps with the first team defense.

Chris Moore Enjoys Standout Day

Rookie wide receiver Chris Moore had his best practice of the offseason running with both the first and second team offenses. During 7-on-7 red zone drills, Moore caught two touchdown receptions against fellow rookie Tavon Young.

Moore, the Ravens second 4th round draft pick in 2016, spent time running with the first team and second team offenses. He and Keenan Reynolds will make the receiver battle a tough one for just a few remaining roster spots.

While we won’t see how they fare in pads until training camp, the battle is certainly going to be a good one to watch.

Quick Hits

Tight end Crockett Gillmore has yet to take part in any part of team drills as he continues to rehab his injuries. Gillmore has, however, taken part in individual drills with his position coach.

Free agent pick up Benjamin Watson has had a successful minicamp over the last three days. Watson figures to be a key part of the Ravens tight end friendly offense. He has exhibited both excellent route-running and hands on multiple occasions.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith is just six weeks removed from surgery, however, the veteran cornerback has been on the field for the past three days. While he hasn’t taken part in practice, he had strong words of encouragement for his fellow defensive backs. Smith could be seen talking with the defense after stopping the offense during 11-on-11 team drills.

Terrell Suggs has been present for mandatory minicamp, but he never made an appearance on the field over the past three days. Suggs last spoke to the media in September and was never made available at the podium for questions.

Overheard

“Way to punch the F out of him #72.” – Offensive line coach Juan Castillo to rookie Alex Lewis during offensive line drills.

Next Up

The Ravens are now off until the start of training camp which is slated to begin on July 27th.

 

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Brian Bower is avid football fan, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past 6 years. This will be his 3rd season with the Russell Street Report. His work has been featured on NFL.com, ESPN blogs, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore, as well as the Baltimore Ravens web page. He is also a regular guest on local radio and ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter. Email him at [email protected] More from Brian Bower

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