Taliaferro Shines, Pass Protection Stays Solid

Camp Notes Taliaferro Shines, Pass Protection Stays Solid

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On a day that saw the Ravens defense take hit with injuries, the offense made it through without incident.

Tight end Dennis Pitta was held out of practice for precautionary reasons that head coach John Harbaugh described to be a “tweak of his leg” sustained during yesterday’s first of three joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers.

Also sitting out practice on Sunday was backup right guard Ryan Jensen, who was banged up during an 11-on-11 series on Saturday. Jensen did return to practice after missing just a few series yesterday and it’s likely Harbaugh wanted to give the second-year player a day to recover.

Other Notes & Observations

Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro shined during 11-on-11 goal line drills and in pass protection drills against the 49ers first and second string defenses/linebackers. On first-and-goal from the 5-yard line, Taliaferro took the hand off from Tyrod Taylor and banged his way through the 49er defensive line for a touchdown. Taliaferro also stood out going against linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith in pass protection drills. Fullback Shaun Chapas, and running backs Bernard Pierce and Cierre Wood all struggled in pass pro drills against the 49ers.

Ravens Running back coach Thomas Hammock spent extra time with the Ravens running backs, putting them through individual pass pro drills along with ball security drills at the beginning of practice. Pierce and Justin Forsett both had fumbles in the Thursday night win over the 49ers.

The second team offense struggled mightily against the 49ers on Sunday. The line consisting of James Hurst (left tackle), A.Q. Shipley (left guard), Gino Gradkowski (center), John Urschel (right guard) and Jah Reid (right tackle) had trouble throughout the day picking up blitzes and keeping pressure off Taylor. Reid was perhaps the most effective lineman, delivering three crushing run blocks to spring Forsett and Taliaferro for 10 and 15 yards.

Quarterback Joe Flacco struggled with consistency for much of the practice against the 49ers first string defense. The offensive line allowed ample time for Flacco to throw but the veteran quarterback missed on several deep throws and short/intermediate routes as well. When Flacco was on point his receivers (Jacoby Jones, Steve Smith Sr. Deonte Thompson) struggled to catch the football. One on play, Thompson was wide open down the sideline for a long touchdown pass but dropped the perfectly thrown ball. Smith Sr. and Jacoby did however make several nice catches, redeeming themselves for their costly drops during both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

Wide receiver Marlon Brown continues to get better and better with his drops. Brown caught everything thrown to him on Sunday afternoon from both Flacco and Taylor.

The quote of the day belonged to Terrell Suggs who yelled “Let’s go Happy Gillmore” referring to rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore as he took the field.

Offensive Play of the Day

Taylor connected with undrafted wide receiver Jace Davis for a long touchdown during full 11-on-11 drills. Davis beat the 49ers secondary deep as Tyrod executed a perfectly thrown pass to hit him in stride.



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