Today wraps up the last day of OTA for week 2. We take a look at some of the important notes of this week for you.
Harbaugh on the weather:
We really kind of appreciated the heat a little bit. We’ve had a couple of hot days this week and that’s helped climatize us a little bit for training camp and the early the part of the season.
Steve Smith is looking every bit of the best offseason purchase for the Ravens that some thought he would be. He has been seen teaching Marlon Brown how to better run routes and come back for the ball. Now he isn't only a teacher as he has been seen beating both Matt Elam and cornerback Chykie Brown on separate plays to haul in huge catches. Smith puts it all out there on the field in practice and in games, so the intensity is nice to see so early in offseason training.
Players coming back from injury:
Wide receivers Michael Campanaro and Aaron Mellette finally made it back on the field as they figure to enter some discussion on their placement on the depth chart. Both players are highly regarded by the Ravens, so it is nice to have them out there getting reps.
Jimmy Smith was able to pick off quarterback Joe Flacco and return the interception for a touchdown, even playfully flipping the ball into the air as he crossed the goal line in front of Flacco. Smith juked and weaved around players during the return and showed some serious agility and athleticism.
Not to be out done, Flacco was able to torch cornerback Jimmy Smith in practice for a touchdown. Flacco threw a perfectly thrown back shoulder pass at the sideline and watched Torrey Smith haul it in and burn Smith for the touchdown.
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT:
As you will hear occasionally out of OTAs and training camp, there was a little scuffle that didn't turn into much, but shows the players are hitting and working hard. Ryan Jensen, in the fight for the right tackle job, got into it a little bit after a play which fits his gritty mean streak personality.
Flacco looking good:
Flacco was sharp in practice, connecting with new targets Steve Smith and Owen Daniels as they work together on getting timing down and running the new plays from offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. The two new Ravens are looking like they will fit well within Joe's security blanket and should gel even more as the offseason practices intensify.
Defensive linemen Kapron Lewis-Moore and Brent Urban were flashing a lot on the field. Both were able to knife past the offensive line and make plays in the backfield. Lewis-Moore is one player that has been labeled a breakout candidate by some media as he is fully recovered from an ACL tear he suffered in the last game of his college career. Urban is the rookie taken in the fourth round of this year's draft and stands tall at 6-foot-7. Both look like they might be sleeper picks to take some serious time on a defensive line stacked with talent.