Out For The Season
Tavon Young’s injury cast a cloud over a beautiful day at Ravens OTAs today.
Young left the field with an apparent knee injury after an interception. He did not appear to be able to place weight on the leg and was helped to the locker room.
John Harbaugh described the injury as occurring with “minimal contact”.
UPDATE @ 6:01 PM
Ravens CB Tavon Young has torn acl. Tough blow for Ravens after they prioritized fixing secondary.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) June 1, 2017
Questions naturally arise about SCB options for the 2017 season:
– Lardarius Webb, who has played SCB off and on for most of his career with the Ravens was absent. Webb was inserted for Jerraud Powers several times during 2016 and is a likely candidate to take the role, if vacant.
– The Ravens are an unusual team in that their depth at corner was primarily on the outside where Brandon Carr, Jimmy Smith, and Marlon Humphrey all have good size. Unfortunately, none of them seems like a natural fit to move to the slot. Humphrey said he practiced some slot at Alabama, but never played there in a game. Smith has always played outside for the Ravens. Carr, who had a pick-6 at today’s practice, is a physical press corner who uses the boundary well. He’s far from an ideal candidate to move inside.
– After Young’s departure, Maurice Canady, a 6’1” corner took over at SCB and had 3 interceptions. Those came on a vertical route down the right sideline where he located the ball well, an out route he undercut, and a deflection from Moore near the right sideline. Harbaugh described him as “earning” an opportunity and praised his offseason work habits.
– The second-team SCB reps went to UDFA rookie Jaylen Hill from Jacksonville State.
The offensive line was shuffled since the last open practice with John Urschel returning to center while Ryan Jensen played RG. Harbaugh mentioned those 2 will split time at center. This was my first opportunity to watch Jensen in person since I heard Harbaugh’s effusive praise for him. He looks noticeably leaner than last year and made a nice L2 block on a short pass.
The first team OL was Stanley, Lewis, Urschel, Jensen, and Hurst from left to right. The second-team OL was Wesley, Siragusa, Skura, Eluemunor, and Nembot.
In a day dominated by the defense (6 interceptions by my count), Danny Woodhead was impressive. He made a 1-handed grab on a short out route and found space well underneath. It’s easy to project him as one of Flacco’s favorite targets.
Breshad Perriman beat Marlon Humphrey on a skinny post for a long TD.
The special teams had a segment of kickoff returns. Keenan Reynolds was the standout. He:
– Settled under the kicks on time
– Exploded out of the catch
– Read blocks well
– Was praised by Rosburg
Other injury notes: Michael Campanaro missed practice with a sprained toe. Sheldon Price got a “bump on the head” and was removed for precautionary purposes. Carl Davis strained a pec in the weight room. Jimmy Smith had to leave practice early for a personal responsibility.
There was a sign affixed to one goalpost which read: