The Ravens continued to shuffle their offensive line at OTAs today. Taking first-team reps were:
LT: Ronnie Stanley
LG: James Hurst
C: Alex Lewis
RG: Matt Skura
RT: Orlando Brown Jr.
John Harbaugh commented that it was a change from last week when Matt Skura played C, Hurst was at RT, and Eluemunor at RG. If Yanda simply replaces Skura when he returns, this would give the Ravens a large offensive line with some tough choices remaining among the backups from Senat, Siragusa, Donnal, Eluemunor, and Bozeman. Unlike recent years, this does not seem to be a time the Ravens will scramble to find free-agent linemen.
The WR stiffarm drill is fun to watch. It consists of:
- Catching a short out route near the numbers
- Tucking the ball towards the sideline
- Applying a stiffarm to each of 2 coaching assistants wielding blocking pads
Some of the veteran players seem to simply go through the motions, but Chris Moore, Tim White, Jordan Lasley, Andre Levrone, and Janorian Grant all attacked the pads.
Wide receivers had some drops, most notably Jordan Lasley who was unable to haul in consecutive balls. The first was a little behind him, but the second hit him in stride.
Willie Snead was a frequent target. After an early drop, he settled in and seemed to regularly find a hole in zone defense.
Chris Moore also had a fine day highlighted by an acrobatic grab down the right sideline. He had the best hands of any Ravens receiver for the day.
Cornerbacks Darious Williams and Anthony Averett had PDs in the end zone in a short sequence of 7-on-8 drills.
Size and shape notes
Zach Sieler certainly looks the part as a 5-tech. He lists at 6’6”, 290 lbs. I was impressed by the speed of his hands working against backup guard Maurice Shakir.
Vince Mayle has put on weight since last season and now lists at 6’2”, 247.
I heard talk that Patrick Ricard was shedding weight for the fullback role, but he lists at 304 lbs and remains a two-way player for the Ravens.
Anthony Levine is still recovering from foot surgery, Harbaugh mentioned during his interview. It looks to me as if Wink Martindale’s defense will include regular dime looks and both Chuck Clark and Tony Jefferson were used in a variety of alignments.
Harbaugh commented that today was the first day he saw Tavon Young cutting loose and totally getting past trepidation from his ACL injury. After a fine rookie season, Young appeared headed for a full-time outside role which would have had him moving inside for the nickel. Now, he may be simply a full-time nickel. He said that was his natural position and that he liked playing nickel because of the multiple responsibilities there. He said he had consulted with Lardarius Webb, among others, regarding rehab from his injury.
Special Teams Coach Jerry Rosburg: “Perfect, Tim. Best rep so far on this side” referring to Tim Williams‘ play blocking on a simulated punt return. That’s important for fans who want a bigger defensive contribution from Williams, since his best route to gameday activation is to make a special teams contribution.
John Harbaugh: “I don’t mind if he makes that catch” to Tony Jefferson to emphasize the desire to avoid injuries by minimizing the risk of entanglement with a receiver.