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Ravens Mini-Camp Wraps

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Baltimore wrapped up its first mandatory mini-camp and these were the stories from day three.

  • For the first time in team history the Ravens have a kicking battle on their hands as Steve Hauschka takes on Florida State alum, Graham Gano.

The final link to the old Cleveland Browns is gone and instead fans will have to bite nails while one of these fresh faced newcomers tries to boot home three. Hauschka handled the kickoff duties and blasted a 54 yarder last season. Gano was a Lou Groza award winner for college’s best placekicker.

Neither looks ready for prime time yet but the contest to see who gets the job should be fun. Either way after that first miss get ready for those Matt Stover comparisons.

  • Derrick Mason may miss training camp.

Mason, who has led the Ravens in catches for three of his four seasons here, had surgery to repair his scapula and the labrum in his left shoulder in February. But he remain positive that he will be ready for the season.

Ok, so its clear why that extension hasn’t been signed or even discussed for that matter.

I don’t want to be an alarmist in May but without Mason the offense looks very different. Keep a very close eye on this situation as it develops.

Might this stir Ozzie to make a bolder move (cough- Anquan Boldin) to shore up the receiver corps?

  • Tavares Gooden ready to step into Bart Scott’s shoes.

The word from camp is that Coach Ray had to settle his young protege several times because he just wanted to rock ball carriers. He is excited about a chance to fill the void and fly around and make stops.

I feel good about the former Miami player plus backers have always been in plentiful supply around here. With Lewis as his mentor he should do fine as long as he can shake the injuries issues he had in college.

  • The coach has the last word :

Even though Sunday marked the final day of mandatory camp, Harbaugh expects a strong showing for the other offseason camps, which will run through mid-June. “We want everybody here every day,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what we’re pushing for. Guys will have issues where they won’t be able to be here every day, but I know all the guys will make every effort to be here every day.”


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