CAMP NOTES: Suggs Leads Injury-Depleted Defense

suggstrainingcamp2014
photo: Baltimore Ravens

The defense took to the practice field on Friday with a different look than the past few days.

The injury bug has bitten the defensive unit hard two weeks into training camp. The Ravens lost rookie Brent Urban for the season with a torn ACL, rookie Timmy Jernigan again missed practice with a back issue, veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb is still out with back spasms and Daryl Smith is still suffering from a groin issue.

Jimmy Smith missed practice on Friday as well but there was no indication of injury – perhaps just a day of rest for the veteran cornerback. Corners Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown got the start for the first team defense during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

The absence of Daryl Smith has given Josh Bynes reps with the first team defense. On Friday, Bynes and C.J. Mosley teamed up and made several nice stops during run defense drills.

Other Notes & Observations

Brown had an up and down day for the Ravens secondary. He was beaten on long passes on occasion, however had two key pass break ups including one where he boxed out LaQuan Williams in the end zone.

Linebackers Arthur Brown and Albert McClellan ran with the second team defense for most of the practice. Brown had several nice passes defensed including one from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith. McClellan had a rough outing during blitz drills, when Kyle Juszczyk blocked him so hard he came off his feet.

Terrell Suggs was his usual “Sizzle” self on Friday. Suggs has had a great camp thus far and his explosiveness is back. In shape and focused on football, Suggs has been very disruptive in the Ravens offensive backfield. On one play, however, he was his own worst critic. During 11-on-11 drills, Suggs was beaten badly by wide receiver Deonte Thompson, leading to a touchdown and causing Suggs to exclaim “Oh Sh*t. My bad!”

Pernell McPhee is taking his reps seriously during the first two weeks of training camp. The 6-3, 280-pound McPhee has been lights out on several plays including an impressive pass break up today while running stride for stride with fullback Shawn Chapas.

Safeties Matt Elam and Darian Stewart had a rough morning with what looked like communication issues. On a few pass plays that resulted in long gains, the coverage looked busted and both Elam and Stewart were nowhere to be found. On one such play running back Justin Forsett was all alone on the sideline after catching a pass from Tyrod Taylor and trotted easily into the end zone with not one person in pursuit.

*The Ravens will return to the practice field on Saturday with a starting time of 8:30*

 

Follow me on Twitter @sportguyRSR

 

 

This entry was posted in Blog View, Camp Notes, Featured by Brian Bower. Bookmark the permalink.

About Brian Bower

Brian Bower
Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Steelers

This game will follow the script of the Ravens 3 previous losses, in that the Ravens offense will start slow and get themselves in an early hole. They will again play much better in the 2nd half, and ...read more

Through 8 Games, Wagner Proving Ravens Right

The Ravens may be sitting at 5-3 and in second place in the division at the moment, but my how times have changed along the offensive line - especially at the right tackle position. Many fans and m...read more

RAVENS LINKS: Can Flacco Silence Pittsburgh Again?

Can Joe Flacco silence Heinz Field again? Joe Cool has enjoyed some success in Pittsburgh with late game heroics. Jamison Hensley gives us Joe's opinion on going in to Heinz Field and playing the h...read more

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Sweep Steelers

The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps there’s mutual respect but there’s certainly mutual disdain. The Ravens head to Pittsburgh this week, week 9 of the NFL season just ...read more

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens at Steelers

Offense 1. Flip the Script Last Sunday, the Steelers were able to beat the Colts at their own game by winning the time of possession battle. They controlled the clock for close to 40 minutes, near...read more

View More