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Camp Notes Receiver Battle Will Go Down to Wire

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson dropped back, and threw a tight pass across his body to Seth Roberts in tight coverage for a long completion down the left sideline.

The next play, Jackson found rookie Miles Boykin, who made a nice diving reception in the middle of the field.

Those couple of plays underscore the heated competition taking place at wide receiver. 

The Ravens now have 11 receivers in training camp. There are several variables as to whom will make the final 53-man roster. 

Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that he still had not decided whether the team will keep five or six players. One player that won’t be part of the team is Jordan Lasley, a fifth-round pick in 2018 who was released by the team today.

“Whether we keep five or six and who they are is going to be a battle,” Harbaugh said. 

As it stands, Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Willie Snead are locks to make the final roster. Chris Moore, Seth Roberts, Antoine Wesley and Jaleel Scott have the inside track for the final one or two spots.

However, Michael Floyd is also having a solid camp and could work his way onto the roster. Also in the mix are Jaylen Smith, Joe Horn Jr. and Sean Modster.

Each of these players is having a solid camp.

Horn has gained separation, has steady hands and has ability to run sharp routes. Wesley has also been solid and made some nice catches. Floyd, at 6-feet-2, 220 pounds, is a big target and is a veteran presence with eights years of NFL experience.  

A variable among the receivers will be their ability to block and play special teams.

This will remain one of the most heated battles throughout training camp and might go down until the final days.

Brown Hits the Field

Marquise Brown, the Ravens top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, passed his conditioning test and was able to practice for the first time Tuesday. Jackson overthrew Brown on his first two attempts during passing drills, but the rookie ran fluidly and did not appear to be hindered by the injury. The Ravens are apparently easing him back into practice and Brown was not a full participant in the team drills. 

Lamar Watch

Jackson did a solid job stepping into his throws. However, he did sail a couple of throws downfield. Jackson also threw a pick-six to safety Earl Thomas, who jumped in front of Snead. “Eat up,” Thomas yelled to the crowd. Nonetheless, Jackson continued to make strides and has been throwing tighter spirals and finding receivers on out routes. 

Pass Rush Concerns

Rookie Jaylon Ferguson, a rookie third-round pick (85th overall) from Louisiana Tech, was expected to make an impact with the pass rush. However, he has to yet to flash in any of the practices. One of the criticisms of Ferguson entering the draft was that he was not much of a practice player but excelled during regular-season games. The Ravens certainly hope that is the case this season.

Generally, though, players that don’t practice well have a hard time seeing the field on Sundays under Harbaugh. 

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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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