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The Ravens recently finished their mandatory minicamp and five players particularly stood out, according to The Baltimore Sun

Those players consisted of:

  • Lamar Jackson: “All eyes were on the second of the Ravens’ No. 1 draft picks, and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson delivered,” The Sun writes.
  • Joe Flacco: “The grizzled veteran demonstrated why he’s still the team’s No. 1 quarterback. “
  • Willie Snead: “He’s looking to have a huge rebound year.”
  • C.J. Mosley: “Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley showed up and practiced every day during minicamp even though he’s looking for a new contract.”
  • Tyus Bowser: “An interception of quarterback Joe Flacco early in minicamp showed he’s learned a thing or two this offseason.”

The real test begins July 19 when training camp officially opens. However, it’s good to see some early positive signs.  

Ravens Looking to Utilize Clark

The Ravens have been impressed with the versatility of safety Chuck Clark.

In the recent minicamps, Clark was used multiple ways and appeared to thrive in each situation, according to Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com.

“He played some as a dime package linebacker, matched up outside against wide receivers and roved the back as a true safety,” Mink writes.

The Ravens’ secondary led the NFL with interceptions last season. That unit could be even more impressive this season, especially if players like Clark can make key contributions.

Yanda Top Raven on Madden 19

EA Sports Game Changers recently unveiled the top player ratings forMadden 19 and offensive lineman Marshal Yanda was the highest rated performer on the Ravens, according to Christopher Church of FanSided.

Jimmy Smith was the second-highest rated player. However, both Yanda and Smith had their 2017 seasons cut short because of injuries.

Not surprisingly, kicker Justin Tucker was rated third, followed by punter Sam Koch. The rest of the group rounded out with Michael Pierce, C.J. Mosley, Brandon Williams, Eric Weddle, Michael Crabtree, Tony Jefferson, Brandon Carr, Alex Collins and Joe Flacco.

Snead Developing Rapport with Flacco

Ravens receiver Will Snead is already developing a strong rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco, according to Luke Jones of WNST.

Their relationship will be crucial for the Ravens to improve on a passing game that was ranked 29th in the league last season. 

“Flacco complimented the slot receiver for having ‘a knack for seeing the game the way the quarterback does.’ You can see why Drew Brees liked him a couple years ago in New Orleans,” Jones writes.

The Ravens signed Snead to a two-year offer sheet that the Saints declined to match. He is looking to bounce back from last season when he was limited to 11 games because of a suspension and hamstring injury. He finished the year with eight receptions for 92 yards. 

 

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Todd Karpovich has been a contributor for ESPN, the Associated Press, SportsXchange, the Baltimore Sun, among other media outlets nationwide. He is the co-author of “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Baltimore Ravens Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box,” “Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles,” and the author of “Manchester United (Europe's Best Soccer Clubs).” Karpovich lives in Towson with his wife, Jill, daughters, Wyeth and Marta, and a pair of dogs, Sarah and Rory. More from Todd Karpovich

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