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Deonte Thompson Stands Out in First Training Camp Practice

It didn't take long to figure out which receivers are in an upper tier.

Deonte Thompson saw a lot of reps with the first team on Thursday.
Deonte Thompson saw a lot of reps with the first team on Thursday.
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Jacoby Jones' issue with the conditioning test possibly opened a door for some of his fellow receivers to receive more work with the first team.

One of those players was second-year receiver Deonte Thompson, who signed with Baltimore as a rookie prior to the 2012 season. Thompson, a former five-star recruit out of high school, never put up the statistics at the University of Florida that were expected. Then again, he played under two head coaches, three offensive coordinators and three receivers coaches in five years.

Thompson showcased his speed on the football field and looked extremely confident on offense. He had one bad drop early but made up for it with plenty of passes thrown his way throughout practice. His best route turned into an interception due to a mistake from quarterback Joe Flacco.

Thompson ran a deep post and got behind the secondary. Flacco left his ball short, which gave cornerback Chris Johnson a chance to pick it off. If Flacco places the ball better, Thompson has a touchdown.

Jones may not have the No. 2 wideout job locked down at this time but he'll figure to have it. But Thompson, Jones and Tandon Doss all rotated in at the spot consistently. Those three receivers, along with Torrey Smith, seem separated from the rest of the group at this time.

Kelechi Osemele injured

Left guard Kelechi Osemele appeared to injure his right leg and didn't return to practice.

Trainers stretched him out and iced the back of his upper part of his leg around the hamstring. He was able to walk off the field. The injury does not appear serious.

With Bryant McKinnie missing practice, Osemele filled in at left tackle as opposed to Michael Oher, who started 16 games at left tackle in 2012. When Osemele left practice, rookie tackle Ricky Wagner stepped in for him with the first team.

Speaking of McKinnie

McKinnie was not practicing because he didn't meet a certain weight agreed upon between he and coach John Harbaugh.

The weight discrepancy is believed to be in the 10-pound range. Though Harbaugh has been peeved with McKinnie in the past, he didn't appear too concerned with this latest issue surrounding the veteran tackle.

"Bryant is just too heavy right now," Harbaugh said. "He needs to lose weight. My guess is he lost quite a bit today. He’s in good shape, and he has good cardiovascular fitness, and I can tell he’s worked hard. But, I wasn’t real comfortable putting him out there today at that weight. We will figure it out in the next 24 hours, the next 48 hours, what we want to do and the best way to deal with it. He will be out there at some point."

Harbaugh added: "We’re both disappointed. I’m not sure who is more disappointed – Bryant or I – because he was pretty darn disappointed. But I was feeling pretty disappointed myself. We had a long talk about it yesterday, and it wasn’t that effort wasn’t put in and there’s an issue. But we’re going to get it fixed together, and we’re going to get him out there."

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