Judon Enters Contract Year Thinking About His Play More Than His Pocketbook
“Contract, no contract, there’s no guarantee I’ll play one game this season,” Judon said. “So I’m going at every single game like it’s my last, and I’m going to enjoy it while I’m here. Because I have no clue what the future holds. Hopefully I’ll be here forever and ever, but like this offseason, you never know.
Young and Board Could Share Snaps Next to Onwuasor
“I think Chris Board’s playing like a starter. I also think Kenny Young’s playing like a starter,” Harbaugh said. “I think those guys are playing really, really fast. Peanut has more experience and he’s playing the same way. He is a starter.
“I would probably be anticipating us to play with kind of a three-man rotation, with Peanut taking all the reps and those other two guys playing packages. With Anthony Levine. I should say a four-man rotation, because he’s a part of the sub-packages in there.”
Baltimore Ravens minicamp: Lamar Jackson sharp in red zone, players get chippy and more - Aaron Kasinitz
During a 7-on-7 drill in which the offense snapped the ball at the 5-yard line, Jackson threw five touchdowns in a span of seven plays. All five went to different targets, too — running back Gus Edwards, tight ends Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst and wide receiver Seth Roberts and Chris Moore each hauled in one TD.
The final practice of Ravens minicamp was also the chippiest. At one point, Andrews beat linebacker Kenny Young on a red zone route for a short touchdown catch and then spun the ball below Young’s feet before sharing words with the defender. A few plays later, safety DeShon Elliott batted a pass away from Andrews, chirped at the tight end and offered a soft shove. Nothing escalated beyond harmless jawing, but it was easy to sense the increased intensity at practice.
“This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Thomas began to flash more in minicamp, starting on the very first play of 11-on-11 when he shot across the field to challenge a pass to tight end Nick Boyle. He was around the ball a lot and celebrated with his teammates Thursday after breaking up a pass in the back of the end zone.
Thomas comes off as very chill, but his on-field intensity flashes.
“He’s a dog, man, everything you want in a safety,” cornerback Brandon Carr said.
“He’s a very passionate, fun-loving guy, loves football, and I can tell that he’s going to bring a lot of energy to our defense this year,” added cornerback Jimmy Smith.
“The culture is the dog mentality. Those are my type of players,” said Thomas. “What stood out to me [so far in Baltimore] was just a bunch of young guys that are hungry. It’s good to be around that. I fit right in with the group, especially in the DB room.”
Ravens top pick Brown not guaranteed for camp - Jamison Hensley
“My expectation is the opening of training camp,” coach John Harbaugh said Thursday after the team’s final minicamp practice. “I don’t think you can say that for certain because we just don’t know how things are going to progress and where he’s going to be. From what I’m told, there’s been no setbacks. He hasn’t been cleared to practice yet. But we’re hopeful for training camp.”
Brown has yet to start running at full speed. If he isn’t cleared in six weeks, he would start camp on the physically unable to perform list.
”We’ve had players that have had this injury, and it’s a predictable injury,” DeCosta said in April.
“Last year was just a wait-and-see kind of deal,” Yanda said after mandatory minicamp Thursday.
Yanda, 34, said he was waiting to see what physical shape he was in at the end of the season before deciding.
“If I was going to end the season on injured reserve, then I was probably going to hang it up,” said Yanda, who started all 16 games last season. “You don’t want to keep pushing your body too far.”
“That’s important to me,” Yanda said. “I’ve been able to spend my whole career here.”