The second day of training camp is now complete and it was clear from the first horn that the energy levels were increased. The player’s were buzzing around and it felt like today’s practice had a bit higher of a tempo than yesterday’s. It was so noticeable I asked head coach John Harbaugh if this was intentional.
“You know what, actually, no,” Harbaugh said. “I think the guys were just better. When you get out there the first day and there is— I don’t know if it’s jitters, but there’s just some rust to knock off and operationally—especially on offense. The snap count, the cadence and stuff, kind of getting smoothed out a little bit better. The improvement from the first day to the second day is usually pretty good and you probably saw that.”
Indeed I did, coach. And with that, let’s get to the stock report.
Editor’s note: I’m not going to list every player in this report. I’m also not going to report frequently on most starters. The stock report is about the players battling for a roster spot—for their employment status. So, when Lamar Jackson/Earl Thomas III aren’t catching buzz, but the other members of their position group are, I’m not unseating the stars for the back-up.
Player of the practice: CB Marlon Humphrey
I often watch second- and third- string during the first few days of camp, that way I can tell who is flashing and making the immediate push for a roster spot, but Humphrey’s lock-down performance this morning drew my attention away. On one particular set of red-zone drills, Humphrey faced off against Willie Snead IV who couldn’t corral the football. On the next play, tight end Mark Andrews was drawn out wide where Humphrey battled step-for-step as both were hand-fighting to gain an advantage over one another as Lamar Jackson scanned his progressions. In the end, Jackson threw to the opposite side of the field. To go back-to-back against two highly talented players of such different roles and blank them is rare.
Mark Andrews — I’m confident the sophomore tight end is leading the team in training camp receptions after two days. He’s hauling in catches everywhere on the field and I don’t see him stopping when the regular season begins.
Anthony Averett — Humphrey wasn’t the only Alabama cornerback to look good in the red zone drills as Averett accepted the challenge against Jaleel Scott, forcing Trace McSorley to look elsewhere. Shortly thereafter, Averett stuck to Seth Roberts stride-for-stride and broke up the pass with a leaping swipe.
Chris Board — This is the second-straight practice with Board playing beside Patrick Onwuasor and the starters. Could he be yet another in a long list of UDFA linebackers to pan out in Charm City?
Jaleel Scott — Not much will bring more attention to the coaching staff than two high-pointed endzone grabs. If Scott keeps it up, I don’t see the Ravens letting him go.
Ben Powers — The rookie saw some time with the ones today.
Jordan Lasley — Three dropped passes today. I’m not sure if I’m overly criticizing drops here, but this appears significant enough to report. He’s also competing against Scott, who is coming off a good set of practices.