The Ravens kicked off the first of their full-team OTA’s open to the media season under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, MD.
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The session began with positional drills before players joined together for 11 on 11 scrimmaging without pads.
Taking the field for the first time since his injury last season that cost him his rookie campaign, wide receiver Breshad Perriman participated fully and appeared to be without restriction. The Central Florida standout performed well showing glimpses of his speed during several drills and in coverage. During the scrimmaging, Perriman made several nice catches, regularly beating the cornerback unit which was without Jimmy Smith.
Weddle’s Leadership On Full Display
The Ravens desperately need leadership on the back end of their defense this upcoming season and appear to have found their guy in free agent acquisition Eric Weddle.
Weddle, a ten-year veteran brought his fiery blue collar work ethic on each and every drill and snap. The rangy safety along with Kendrick Lewis gave the offense fits on several occasions during 11 on 11 scrimmaging. On two consecutive plays, Weddle caused the offense to false start, drawing the ire of John Harbaugh.
After a near interception by corner back Kyle Arrington, Weddle huddled around him discussing the play and could be heard cheering for the near pick.
Correa Shows High-Motor
When the Ravens selected Kamalei Correa in the second round of the 2016 draft several fans took to Google to learn more about this highly coveted outside linebacker. The Boise State product shined showing off his ability to attack the football.
The young pass rusher had two pass break ups and if the players were playing in pads, he would have delivered several big hits in run support and while rushing the passer.
With Terrell Suggs another year older and coming back from injury, the Ravens need Correa’s skill set to keep going throughout the summer.
Watson Makes Impression
With the return of Dennis Pitta to the practice field, it was Benjamin Watson who took reps with the first team offense during the afternoon practice. Watson was on the receiving end of several throws from quarterback Ryan Mallett and bailed the Ravens backup out on some bad throws.
The free agent pick up also had several key blocks despite being a light practice without pads.
While reps were split with the crowded tight end corps, it was Watson who made the biggest impression.
Attendance for the OTA’s was positive with only a few veteran players who weren’t present on the field during the open practice. Terrell Suggs (rehabbing at facility), Elvis Dumervil, C.J. Mosley (personal) along with Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles), Joe Flacco (knee), and Marshal Yanda.
Rookies Kenneth Dixon, Keenan Reynolds and Bronson Kaufusi were also not on field. It’s believed at least two of those players were not present due to collegiate responsibilities.
The Ravens will miss their second OTA session which was slated to be held June 1-3 due to the NFL’s imposed punishment for violating the collective bargaining agreement for practicing in pads during rookie mini camp. Their next OTA will be held June 8th.
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