“The Boys Are Back In Town” pumped through the Castle’s speakers during the first full squad repetitions of the Baltimore Ravens 2019 training camp.
Most of the 90-man roster was participating. Notable exceptions included Shane Ray, Orlando Brown Jr., Jermaine Eluemunor, Alex Lewis and Marquise Brown. After practice, head coach John Harbaugh explained that Ray, Brown Jr. and Eluemunor have not yet passed the conditioning test, while Lewis and Brown continue their injury rehab.
Working with the first team offensive line, rookie Ben Powers was sandwiched between Ronnie Stanley and Matt Skura. Marshal Yanda manned his traditional right guard position with veteran swingman James Hurst at right tackle. The second team offensive line appeared to be Greg Senat, Randin Crecelius, Bradley Bozeman, Darrell Williams and R.J. Prince, from left to right.
At the skill positions, Nick Boyle was joined by Willie Snead IV, Seth Roberts, Chris Moore and Mark Ingram for many of Lamar Jackson’s reps. Many receivers worked-in throughout practice - Michael Floyd, Jaylen Smith and Antonie Wesley all flashed impressive hands.
On the defensive line, stalwart tackle Brandon Williams was flanked by a slimmed down Willie Henry and Chris Wormley early on. After passing his conditioning test, Michael Pierce rotated in frequently and anchored the presumed second unit beside Zach Seiler and rookie UDFA Gerald Willis. Patrick Ricard and Daylon Mack also saw action.
The unsettled inside linebacker position should provide intrigue throughout camp. Patrick Onwuasor was primarily joined by Chris Board on the first unit. Kenny Young was the next man up, followed by Silas Stewart and Matthew Thomas. E.J. Ejiya and Alvin Jones were also competing for precious regular season roster spots.
Matthew Judon returns as the leader of the outside linebacker corps. Pernell McPhee worked with the ones in front of Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser. Rookie Jaylon Ferguson displayed a powerful bull rush and stout edge setting ability while competing against backups.
The coaches rotated heavily between the Ravens defensive backs. Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey received the first crack at cornerback, followed by Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Anthony Averett and Iman Marshall. The starting safety duo of Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson gave way to DeShon Elliott, Anthony Levine Sr. and Chuck Clark after a few repetitions.
On special teams, Tavon Young, Cyrus Jones, Willie Snead, Sean Modster and Terrell Bonds took turns fielding punts. Justin Bethel, Averett, Roberts, Bonds, Wesley, Miles Boykin, Jaylen Smith and others worked with new special teams coordinator Chris Horton as gunners and jammers. And Kaare Vedvik’s kicking accuracy was showcased.