Secondary Steps It Up

Camp Notes Secondary Steps It Up

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Ravens safety Chuck Clark is making the most of his opportunities with Tony Jefferson out with a “pull.”

In the preseason opener against the Bears in the Hall of Fame, Clark had an interception that ended a potential scoring drive. He had another interception off a pass from Joe Flacco during practice on Sunday. Later in the day, he jumped a route and knocked down a pass across the middle intended for tight end Nick Boyle.

“Chuck is very steady,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Chuck and I talked; he had a very sturdy game. Then again, I think he played it a little bit safe, which is OK. The next step for him is, ‘Let’s go make a few of those plays,’ and he will. [He is a] very smart player.”   

Overall, the secondary had one of its best practices on a hot, humid day where temperatures reached the 90s.

Second-year cornerback Marlon Humphrey had a nice physical breakup in the red zone drill, knocking away a potential touchdown. Both Anthony Levine Jr. and Marcus Canady made similar plays during 7-on-7 drills.

Tavon Young has played well throughout camp, one year removed from knee surgery. He had another solid practice Sunday. The secondary is shaping up to be the strength of the team.

“Tavon is coming right back to where he was,” secondary coach Chris Hewitt said. “He’s getting his quickness back. One thing about Tavon is he has always been a top competitor. One of the things we always talk about in our room is having top competitors. He’s one of those guys that he’s the energy bus that we were missing last year in that slot.”

Other notes:

— The Ravens also got some good news on the offensive side of the ball. Marshall Yanda, a six-time Pro Bowl at right guard, plans to practice Monday. However, he will likely not play in the first preseason game as he gets into game shape. Yanda is on track to start the regular-season opener against Buffalo.  

Robert Griffin III had another solid practice. He showed speed by dodging a potential sack in the pocket by finding a seam in the offensive line and running almost 30 yards downfield. He showed his arm strength with a touchdown pass in the red zone.

— Hayden Hurst had several nice grabs across the middle. It’s obvious that his confidence is growing each practice.

— Javorius “Buck”Allen is also quietly having a solid camp. He could be a force catching the ball out of the backfield. He broke free for a long run downfield Sunday.

— On the downside, Matt Skura snapped the ball over Joe Flacco’s head, which likely would have been a turnover in a game.

— Players missing practice included: Yanda, Randin Crecelius, Maurquice Shakir, Tim White, Jaelon Acklin, Anthony Averett, Bennett Jackson and Jefferson.

— The Ravens will hold a joint practice with the Rams on Monday and Tuesday, leading up to their preseason game Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

 

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Todd Karpovich

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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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