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A familiar face but forgotten name in former CB Cary Williams returned to Ravens camp on Wednesday. Williams was one of my personal favorites on the 2012 Super Bowl-winning roster, but he isn’t coming back to play.

Rather, Williams is a coaching intern:

It’d be interesting if interns got the opportunity to speak at press conferences – I’d love to hear what Williams has been up to since leaving the league.

A more recent name and fan favorite is Zach Orr. Baltimore is always open to players returning to become coaches, and Orr is thrilled for his opportunity.

Both Orr and Williams were unexpected contributors for their Ravens defenses throughout their career, and this season, it’d be great to see rookie CBs Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams step up in a similar way.

Thus far, Harbaugh has been impressed:

With a stacked secondary on paper, it’ll be difficult for these guys to find time early in their careers. As we all know, though, Special Teams is where they’ll have to make their names.

Patrick Queen isn’t going to be a key special teamer, but he does have to continue earning his stripes in Baltimore. He’s well aware of that:

I’m still a believer in Queen, but I’m not sure his greatest successes will come in the position many want. Queen clearly performed better in his adjusted role last season, and just because the Ravens didn’t draft a replacement at MLB doesn’t mean Queen will be forced back into that role.

DC Mike Macdonald should deploy Queen in a position where he’ll excel.

Lamar Jackson isn’t necessarily a player that needs to step up, but he is one that needs to step out (onto the field). Jackson missed his eighth OTA on Wednesday, and fans continue to express concern with his absence.

Some solace could be taken in the fact that Harbaugh doesn’t seem particularly concerned:

It’s certainly a positive that Jackson is expected back for minicamp, and I’d assume the staff has already received word that he will be in attendance.

You’d have to think they’d at least have asked.

Regardless, some of Harbaugh’s concern could be mitigated by the strong displays by RT Ju’Wuan James. A player who was on the roster but didn’t play last season, James is returning from injury and is off to a hot start.

This could all merely be coach-speak, but James is a name to keep in mind early in the offseason. Just because Baltimore signed Morgan Moses does not mean he’s a nail-on starter at RT.

Moreover, Ronnie Stanley seems healthy, but has had injury issues as of late.

No matter when Jackson returns to the field, his play will be both stronger and more consistent with the offensive line improvement. The Ravens are deeper across the line by leaps and bounds this year, and that alone is something to look forward to this fall.

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