It’s really difficult to get a read on the players during rookie camp, especially for linemen. There’s really no measurable contact and let’s face it, linemen are in the contact business.
Moreover, the linemen are often taken to a part of the field that is far removed from the media. So it’s next to impossible to listen to how the coaches are instructing the players or when they give them the attaboys…
I know the Ravens must think that there’s some talent there that they can coach up. I highly doubt that Usri will make the 53 man roster. His best bet is the practice squad in my opinion, but that’s not a bad thing given the Ravens track record of developing such talent.
I will be reporting on organized team activities and on summer camp on ProFootball24x7.com. More voluntary OTAâ€™s begin tomorrow (Thursday is open to the media). Next week the entire team will report. I’ll keep a watchful eye on Usri then and during summer camp.
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Dan is a good kid and a very dedicated gym rat. He’s built up added strength and size this offseason and I don’t think they see him as a linebacker type at all. I think he’s a situational pass rusher at this point with the hope that he could become a more well-rounded player with experience. I see him with his hand in the dirt almost exclusively although there will be situations where heâ€™ll drop back in coverage when Rex Ryan calls for zone blitzing.
I’m not sure if it’s a make or break season for Cody. The Ravens are patient with players they hold in high regard. The organization is frustrated and disappointed in his inability to stay healthy yet eager to see if they can build upon his productive play against the Falcons and then the Steelers for a portion of that 27-0 game.
You are right, he could be that bonus pick this season. Of course we thought that last year too.
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