Ok, let’s get this out of the way because as a fan of the Ravens, I’m sick of the name Bryant McKinnie and the focus should be on the field and not his ample hind parts!
McKinnie is a mess! He’s up to his ass in alligator creditors who he apparently intends to stiff; probably doesn’t want to come back to the team because his $200,000 game checks could all be handed over to said creditors; he’s allegedly partying in South Beach the day before he is supposed to report to the Ravens and then has his chiropractor call the team (he doesn’t have an agent) to let them know he wouldn’t make the required reporting deadline.
The bottom line is that McKinnie is irresponsible, has other hobbies outside of football that are more important to him than football and the truth be told, he doesn’t love or respect the game. That kind of player doesn’t have a lot of shelf life on a John Harbaugh managed club.
McKinnie has more than likely stepped on the fields of the Under Armour Performance Center for the very last time.
Now on to things that matter…
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
Tommy Streeter’s size was on display during red zone scrimmaging. He caught a fade for a score in the back right corner of the end zone despite tight coverage from Chykie Brown. Later Streeter along with QB Tyrod Taylor used the defense’s cheating towards the same corner against them as the tall, lean former Hurricane feigned the fade only to cut back in towards the post. Once again, paydirt!
All of the second year WR’s have played well so far during camp. The two who have impressed the most are LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss. Both are working extremely hard, particularly Williams. Doss, while thought of as a possession receiver has been successful beating the secondary deep. Twice yesterday he caught 60+ yard tosses from both Joe Flacco and Taylor for scores. The scoring strike from Flacco beat Jimmy Smith and Ed Reed.
Flacco was very sharp and very animated, particularly when he felt the officials made a “mistake in judgment.” He was very effective in the 2 minute offense…Jacoby Jones, knocked for his hands by many, has been fairly consistent catching the ball thus far.
The Ravens two TE’s, Dennis Pitta (who looks like the starter at this point) and Ed Dickson made big plays particularly in the red zone and along the perimeter of the red zone. Pitta has shown outstanding hands and looks to be Flacco’s go-to-guy. Dickson is very dangerous when singled up on a safety and running parallel with the hash marks. His speed remains impressive particularly for a tight end matched up against linebackers and safeties.
Sergio Kindle was a menacing force in the offensive backfield throughout the afternoon. His play has the coaching staff excited and they are anxious to see what he does today when donning full pads and during the preseason as well. Nearly as impressive was seldom discussed linebacker Chavis Williams. We’ll keep an eye on him. He could be a diamond in the rough…The team’s secondary has some pretty decent depth. Corey Graham was very effective in coverage yesterday and Asa Jackson has been a pleasant surprise throughout camp. There will be some tough choices to make in the defensive backfield when final cuts are made and for the moment Chykie Brown looks like he may have trouble making the final 53.
The kicking duel between Billy Cundiff and Justin Tucker has been a draw thus far. The argument could be made that Tucker has a slight edge after nailing a 57 yarder yesterday. He’s also a more economical solution. Neither kicker has missed a FGA yet. By my count both are 10 for 10 over the past two days of full team practices.