The Ravens practiced under a nice hot Maryland sun this morning, but tempers didn’t flare. As they’ve practiced nearly all training camp, it was another day in shorts and jerseys.
Player of the Day: Marlon Humphrey
Jaleel Scott along the sideline in the endzone jumps up and reels in a pass with Marlon beside him in the air. They both come down and the crowd cheers as it looks like Scott has it. As they hit the turf the ball flies out with Marlon’s arm rips through. The cheers from fans silence, then realize they should start cheering for Humphrey, though it’s too late. The defense is howling and one by one celebrating with the sophomore cornerback. By the end, Matt Judon is yelling and teasing the crowd. “You thought he had it,” Judon’s shouting. “Not today!”
Multiple defensive backs stepped up today, including Maurice Canady, Anthony Levine Sr. and Chuck Clark. The first two swatted down passes while Clark caught an errant interception.
Another day, another Tavon Young interception. Yes, I’m just copying and pasting this because he did it yet again. It was also against Janarion Grant, who bobbled the pass before Young made the play. It’s a shame fans won’t be able to see extensive starting defensive play for another month, because Tavon’s bullied the slot on a daily basis.
A great play was made by Stanley Jean-Baptitse, intercepting a bobbled pass. He took off and made a spin-move around a lineman, but as he went to the ground he fumbled the football, giving the ball right back to the offense.
Terrell Suggs had a strong practice, especially as he flew back in from Canton, Ohio last night. During drill with the offense in their endzone he clearly would have produced a safety. I believe it was against the first-team offense, but the crowd of players was difficult to look around.
Another copy and paste here, John Brown catching a 25-yard pass from Joe Flacco. As Humphrey slides back a bit more the offense is calling plays for Brown to cut back towards the ball and make leaping grabs. Humphrey’s been there, but only a moment late, allowing the catch. This rapport with Brown and Flacco is lethal.
Javorius Allen found a big hole in the middle during 11s up the middle for an 11-yard gain. It’s tough to judge if these plays actually go this far without the pads, but not in this instance. Alex Lewis and Matt Skura sealed their blocks and Buck sprinted through the hole for a big gain.
Plays were made by multiple offensive players, but Robert Griffin III produced solid decisions on read-option plays. He took one for ten yards and Gus Edwards took another for eight. He also found a breakdown in coverage where he sprinted up the middle for what may have been a long touchdown run. There was only a safety to beat, but it was close.
Most of the quarterbacks looked sharp, but Josh Woodrum hooked up Jordan Lasley in the middle for a 15-yard gain at the beginning of practice. The rookie has dazzled in practice.