The first day of organized team activities began yesterday and not only are the rookies garnering attention, but familiar faces from seasons past have returned.
After suffering a torn ACL during last years OTAs, Tavon Young returned to the gridiron, stunting with SS Tony Jefferson.
This is exciting news as the secondary for the Ravens is stuffed with competition. Young was far and away the best slot corner in his rookie season. If/When he returns to form, Young will command a starting position, be it slot or the number two spot on the opposite side of Jimmy Smith.
Last season, rookie Nico Siragusa tore his ACL, MCL and PCL during a goal-line drill with the first-team offense. This was yet another loss for the Ravens during their mind-numbing streak of injuries.
But now, Siragusa is back! I would also add he’s looking built like a truck, even through a long-sleeve shirt.
Nico wasn’t the only offensive lineman returning from injury; Alex Lewis also joined the team for the organized activities, along with a full mane of hair.
Tavon Young’s return is huge, but it shouldn’t be the only story here. Now the Ravens have two more linemen competing for the open positions created from the losses of Ryan Jensen and Austin Howard. Skura is expected to shift over to center and Alex Lewis will compete for right tackle and/or left guard. Nico will also compete for the open guard position. Steel sharpens steel, and the Ravens are forging for the 2018 season.