Monday, May 11, 2009

Ravens mini-camp notes and observations

Ray Lewis looks like he’s added even more muscle to his torso…For those hoping that Jerry Porter can return to form, don’t hold your breath. He didn’t resemble anyone looking to make an impression. Kelley Washington was the best of the three wide receiver non-roster invites, catching 25 yard scoring strikes from both Troy Smith and John Beck. Tab Perry made a very nice catch on a ball thrown well behind him by UDFA QB Drew Willy…Beck was very impressive and delivered balls on time and into small windows. Besides the strike to Washington, he also hit Justin Harper on a couple of scoring tosses in the red zone. Beck outplayed Smith today.

Joe Flacco was sharp at times while at other times, he and the many new receivers just weren’t on the same page. He hit Harper in the right front corner of the end zone on a comeback route, beating Evan Oglesby who actually had tight coverage. Flacco’s fastball was unbeatable on the play. Flacco also hit Yamon Figurs on a post at the back of the end zone while operating within the red zone. The throw and the fingertip catch were both picturesque.

Ray Rice looked very quick demonstrating excellent change of direction skills. New place kicker Graham Gano was very solid nailing 40+ yard field goals with plenty to spare, generally splitting the uprights. He once hit the camera tower center-positioned about 15 yards beyond the goal posts. Gano is wearing No. 7…Non-participants today included: Samari Rolle, Willis McGahee, Chris Carr, Fabian Washington, Terrell Suggs (franchise), Jason Phillips, Adam Terry, Willie Anderson, L.J. Smith, Derrick Mason, and Mark Clayton.


Anonymous said...

TL, Thanks for the update! I look forward to these constant updates from you - you do an excellent job keeping all of us informed. Please keep them coming!

Jerry Brotman said...

Is it September yet?! Can't come soon enough for me........