The Ravens three-day minicamp concluded today. While our editor, Matthew Stevens wasn't present at Owings Mills on account of an injured heel (get well soon!), we can still bring you all of the minicamp news.
The Ravens endured a torrid, muggy Maryland afternoon today to cap off their offseason program today. For two months, players have been conditioning, attending voluntary OTAs, and finally the mandatory minicamp, which took place this week. Head Coach John Harbaugh was very satisfied with his players' efforts this week and throughout all of the offseason program, saying "Guys fought through it, I’m happy with where we’re at and looking forward to where we’re going."
While the players had summer vacations on their minds all week (they don't report again until July 29th for Training Camp), the players still gave it their all on the practice field, especially the younger ones.
Butler is a Beast?
Jeremy Butler, the undrafted second-year WR out of Tennessee-Martin has surprised many, especially considering few had him making the final roster. As BaltimoreRavens.com Staff Writer Garrett Downing wrote, "The young receiver caught everything thrown his way, including a pair of difficult sideline grabs from quarterback Joe Flacco during a two-minute drill near the end of practice."
Butler also received praise from Flacco, who said "He might have had like 1,500 yards in a three day minicamp, he was incredible." Even the hard-to-impress veteran Steve Smith Sr. said, "I don't think he dropped a pass all offseason."
This is all very impressive for a guy who never saw the field last year. Although Butler wasn't allowed to practice last year, he made sure to "pester practice squad quarterback Keith Wenning about throwing passes to him after everyone else had finished for the day."
Despite the positive reports from Owings Mills, Butler's roster status is still up in the air, especially with the fierce competition contributed by the other receivers. He'll have to have a repeat performance at Training Camp to solidify his spot.
Per Garrett Downing, Maxx Williams "tweaked something" and did not finish practice. The injury however, seems minor.
Encouraging news from the offensive line, as center Jeremy Zuttah practiced for the first time since having offseason surgery. Right tackle Rick Wagner didn't participate, but Coach Harbaugh is still "optimistic" about their availibilities for next month's training camp.
Suggs 'Out of Shape'?
When Terrell Suggs reported to camp looking like this, questions were bound to be asked.
However, when asked Suggs said "I’m definitely not in ‘Sizz shape. I’m not out of shape. I can participate in practice without getting hurt and without getting tired. I’m definitely not at my fighting weight. I’m pretty much at my walking around weight."
Suggs attributed his 'muffin top' to a more relaxed offseason training approach. Considering he's getting up there in age, we'll trust his wise dieting methods, whether we like to notice his size or not. Expect Suggs to be in 'Sizz Shape' when the Ravens report again.
Undrafted prospect Zach Orr, who was stuck on special teams last season has continued to impress. Today he took reps with the first-team defense in place of the surgery-recovering C.J. Mosley.
Timmy Jernigan showed his dominating athleticism and hustle when he "ran about 15 yards down the field to get in position for a tackle on fullback Kyle Juszczyk after a screen pass."
While the reports out of Owings Mills haven't said "Perriman is amazing", they haven't said, "Perriman is a bust," either, and that's good. While Perriman hasn't been perfect, he's showing great improvement, and is exceeding typical expectations for a rookie. We haven't seen many drops from him, which were a concern coming out of college, his few drops have been attributed to a loss of concentration, which is organically expected from a rookie who has only been practicing with a NFL team for a month. The most promising news however, is that Perriman is trying hard in practices, as Downing reported. Perriman "just missed a diving touchdown attempt in the back corner of the end zone during 7-on-7 drills. He took a hard fall on the play, but came back a few plays later to beat Jackson to the opposite corner for a touchdown snag."
It's great to hear how well the rookie is performing on the field -- he can only continue to get better as the offseason drags on.
Well that will do it for now, as the Ravens offseason program has concluded. We'll see our beloved team hit the field again July 29th. Until then, we'll keep you updated with all of the latest Ravens news.