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The start of training camp is finally here for the Baltimore Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens rookies report to training camp today as the team can officially begin preparing for the 2016 season. The talk around town about the Ravens disastrous 5-11 season in 2015 will be kept at a minimum because the Ravens can't control what happened on the field in the past and now isn't the time to dwell on the past. The Ravens can only go forward and make sure the team learns from its disappointment in 2015.

Notable Ravens rookies who are reporting to camp are the following:

  • Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (sixth overall pick)
  • Linebacker Kamalei Correa (42nd overall pick)
  • Defensive end Bronson Kaufusi (70th overall pick)
  • Cornerback Tavon Young (104th overall pick)
  • Wide receiver Chris Moore (107th overall pick)
  • Offensive tackle Alex Lewis (130th overall pick)
  • Defensive lineman Willie Henry (132nd overall pick)
  • Running back Kenneth Dixon (134th overall pick)
  • Outside linebacker Matt Judon (146th overall pick)
  • Wide receiver Keenan Reynolds (182nd overall pick)
  • Cornerback Maurice Canady (209th overall pick)

Things to keep an eye on

Among the rookies listed above, Stanley is the only player who is expected to be a starter for the Ravens from day one. Correa has a chance to be a starter depending on what position the Ravens believe suit him best. Early in the offseason after the 2016 NFL Draft, the Ravens were moving Correa around at outside linebacker and at inside linebacker.

Ravens outside linebackers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are expected to be starters which leave Correa with a chance to be the starting inside linebacker next to C.J. Mosely. As inside linebacker Daryl Smith was released by the Ravens earlier in the offseason, the vacant starting inside linebacker position next to Mosley should be a competitive battle between Correa,  Zachary Orr and Arthur Brown as all three are looking to prove themselves as part of the future of the Ravens starting defense.

At running back, many will be watching if Dixon is able to take the starting job away from Justin Forsett and Buck Allen. Dixon is a dynamic runner who excels in the running game and in the passing game. In fact, many experts have regarded Dixon as the second best running back in the 2016 NFL Draft only behind Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott who was selected with the fourth overall pick. Dixon lasted until the fourth round which means the Ravens could possibly have the steal of the draft.

Ravens veterans will report on Wednesday, July 27th.