Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

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Timmy Jernigan at Day 1 of Ravens Rookie Camp (Photo Credit: Shawn Hubbard/Baltimore Ravens)

The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their second full team practice of training camp on Friday morning under sunny skies.

After a rough morning yesterday during practice, the Ravens defensive side of the football stole the show on Friday. The efforts of the defense looked as if they were in mid-season form. Boisterous voices could be heard from the sidelines including head coach John Harbaugh, who loudly showed his disdain for the offense during 7-7 drills and 11-11 drills.

More Notes & Observations

Safety Matt Elam put in a nice day at the office. The second-year safety recorded his first interception of training camp when quarterback Tyrod Taylor forced a pass to a double-covered Kyle Jusczcyk. Elam was also involved in several pass break ups against the wide receivers. He drew praise earlier this offseason from his teammates about his accountability in the Ravens defensive backfield and being more vocal.

Terrell Suggs’ “Sizzle” persona was on full display, creating a spark on just the second day of practice. The veteran made several nice plays including at least three quarterback hurries and a sack on Joe Flacco.  After one such quarterback hurry, Suggs could be heard yelling “We’re like the old school Oakland Raiders,” presumably about the way the defense controlled the practice. Suggs, who came into training camp in great shape is looking the part, for now, as a player who is focused and excited to be back on the field.

Rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan got involved in the defensive dominance early and often. The 6-2, 300-pound former Florida State Seminole wreaked havoc on the Ravens second and third team offensive lines. On several plays, Jernigan found himself in the Ravens’ offensive backfield wrapping up the running back.

Undrafted rookie Tramain Jacobs is stacking days of success. After a solid practice yesterday, Jacobs picked up where he left off with another two passes defensed.

Second year defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore stood out during individual and full team drills. Lewis-Moore spent his entire rookie 2013 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List due to a knee injury suffered in college. On one key play for the defense, Lewis-Moore ran down quarterback Tyrod Taylor to force him to throw the ball away.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb left practice early. Harbaugh announced following practice due to an unspecified reason. Harbaugh did say it was nothing serious.

The Ravens made an interesting signing prior to the start of practice today when the team inked former New York Giants safety Will Hill. Hill, who will serve a six-game suspension to start the 2014 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, was rated as Pro Football Focus‘s third-best safety in 2013. The signing is interesting, as the Ravens spent a third-round draft pick on safety Terrence Brooks. Currently Brooks is behind free agent Darian Stewart for the second safety spot.

Not Practicing

For the second straight day Terrence Cody (hip) and Dominique Franks (conditioning) were not on the field.

 

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2 Raves on “Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

  1. BajanRaven on said:

    I love to read that the defense is doing so well, but that’s a 2-edged sword. If Timmy Jernigan
    and Lewis-Jones are able to get into the backfield with impunity, then it means that the offensive
    line is still pretty crappy. It’s early, yet, but I certainly hope that improves. With no running game
    because the O-line can’t protect the runner or the QB, we’re going down, like last year.

  2. James on said:

    I hope people realize that the defense usually when these early battles. But right around the 49ers get here the offense should be winning the majority of these drills.
    The good thing is it seems like Flacco and the receivers are playing well. The issues seem to be with the o-line and the back up qbs.
    Let’s hope once pads are put on the o-line starts to play better.

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