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Mini-Camp News From Day One

These were just a few of the stories that came out of Mini-camp today at Owings Mills.

  • The Ravens offensive unit responded as a whole to the most pressing question of the off-season. Why hasn’t the team upgraded at the wide receiver position? Flacco and company felt that being one quarter away from Super Bowl meant that they were fine with the personnel they already have in camp.

Great job taking the leadership role Joe. Always defend your boys. I agree with his statement to a point. Improvement on the offensive line will allow Todd Heap to actually run a route or two, even if he is a bit roughed up he’s still a solid pass catcher (ask Tennessee) and that improves the pass game. Derrick Mason will continue to be the top target as the crafty vet should never be counted out. The light finally went on for Mark Clayton in the last 8 weeks of 2008, throw in a healthy Demetrius Williams and you have a decent corps. Fourth round pick Marcus Smith MUST step up, the guy didn’t have a catch all season. Who knows maybe one of the signees or free agent tryouts may be able to add a little depth too.

However Joe, the weak link of the team was the passing game. It showed improvement by all means but Baltimore was 28th in the league in passing yards, they need to at least be at the middle of the pack. In the Tennessee and Pittsburgh games the receivers had a hard time getting separation but again they both only rushed 4 and dropped 7 and still got penetration. Either step up or get someone else to sign up!

  • Speaking of which, not much to say on the Receiver tryouts except one contestant, D.J. Hackett visited Houston instead. Porter was a bit slow off foot while Washington was a bit more active.

If there is a spot open it would come down to those two. If Porter regains his old speed he could be the favorite but if Washington outworks him he can also be an asset on special teams. The early returns are too close to call.

  • Terrell Suggs was the only no-show of the day. Suggs isn’t required at attend because he hasn’t signed the franchise tender yet. The situation is similar to last season as he doesn’t want to risk injury playing with a one year contract.

No news here. Same story, different year. I am wondering when they will try to get a long term deal solidified and how much of a hit will it be? There have been all types of rumors but nothing substantiated.

  • Plenty of Ravens were limited in camp; but Marshall Yanda will probably be on the PUP list to start in August. Chris Chester is expected to take the RG spot. The secondary was well represented with Fabian Washington, Samari Rolle, Chris Carr, Frank Walker and Derrick Martin all limited in action. On the offensive side, Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Todd Heap and Willis McGahee were held back as well.

It’s May. I’m not very concerned at this point and Chester woke up after being relegated to backup to the backup TE last season and made the most of his chance. He should fill in fine for Yanda until he’s ready.

With this rather uneventful day in the books I leave you with words from Bazooka Joe himself.

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One Response to “Mini-Camp News From Day One”

  1. Vince says:

    i was just wondering if they were holding open try-outs this year for upcoming free agents trying to make it in the nfl. if u could email me back at thanks

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