CAMP NOTES: Chykie Redeems Himself, Daryl Smith Returns

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As the Ravens concluded their last open practice on Monday night in preparation for their first preseason game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, the defense – more precisely, the secondary – is a work in progress.

After having a rough week of practice, cornerback Chykie Brown was impressive both during one-on-one and 11-on-11 drills. Brown has battled back hard after spending much of the first two weeks not only being burned by opposing wide receivers, but also being a short-lived resident in Coach Harbaugh’s doghouse.

Brown was the recipient of a tipped pass off the hands of tight end Dennis Pitta and made a remarkable play to break up a pass intended for wide receiver Kamar Aiken. Chykie struggles to locate the football but the young corner is making strides as he is currently looking up at Asa Jackson for the role of the team’s third cornerback.

Notes & Observations

While Brown enjoyed a solid night of practice, his counterpart Jackson wasn’t at his best. He gave up an easy touchdown to Steve Smith Sr. after the former Carolina Panther juked the young corner causing him to fall to the turf. Jackson looked sluggish at times as his reps have increased with the absence of Lardarius Webb. He did however have a nice pass break up along the sideline early on in practice.

Second-year safety Matt Elam has had a quiet camp thus far. While he is being recognized as a leader in the Ravens secondary, he hasn’t exactly stood out as of yet. Ravens fans shouldn’t worry though, as if his college career and rookie NFL season are any indication, Elam knows how to turn it on when it counts the most. Fellow safety Jeromy Miles saw a lot of reps, as he split time with Elam.

Second-year linebacker Arthur Brown saw a lot of reps on Monday had several quality plays including tackling running back Bernard Pierce for a loss. While rookie C.J. Mosley has been running with the first team defense, Brown will see plenty of action throughout the preseason and regular season.

The Ravens got a huge break with the return of cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left practice early on Sunday. Linebacker Daryl Smith returned to practice on Monday after missing some time with a groin injury.

Not Practicing

Webb (back), Terrence Cody (hip) and newly signed cornerback Marrio Norman (unknown) all missed practice on Monday.

 

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3 Raves on “CAMP NOTES: Chykie Redeems Himself, Daryl Smith Returns

  1. Bo on said:

    If not drafted so high, Elam would not have played last year. Except for one game, he was sub par in 2013. He is slow and should not be starting on an NFL team. He is enamored with himself when he makes a routine play; a lack of maturity.

    I love the Ravens and wish they would ignore the draft position and play players based on what they show on the field. Campanaro is another one not ready for the NFL. Butler and Aiken are much better at this stage.

    • bogeyroy on said:

      Easy Bo…I believe that the Ravens Staff has forgotten more about football and talent than I ever thought I knew. If celebrating a routine play shows immaturity, then 75% of NFL players are immature. ..if you recall, Ray Lewis certainly celebrated just about every tackle he made !

      I do not recall what Elam’s 40yard dash time was, but my guess is he’s much faster than we think…not to mention e played out of position last year. As for Campanaro, Butler and Aiken, I will trust our coaching staff.

      • Bo on said:

        You’re obviously on the coaching staff, so yes I will trust you. And since the coaching staff remembers so much, I don’t need to remind you Elam could catch no back or receiver when attempting to chase them down in 2013. Unless he has found a new source of speed, 2014 will likely be no different.

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