Ravens football is finally back at the castle. The Ravens have kicked off their 2019 training camp and things are beginning to heat up as roster spots are up for grabs and emerging players looking to take the next step in their new roles. Let’s take care of the weekly topics that are on the minds of Ravens Flock.
Lamar Jackson in his second year has taken full command of this offense and is showing improvement from a year ago. So much excitement surrounding this team this year has a lot to do with Jackson and whether or not he can develop into more of a consistent passer. Haters are going to hate and Lamar is motivated to silence the critics and make them eat there words.
STANDOUT PLAYERS/HONORABLE MENTIONS
Rookie WR Mikes Boykin has generated a lot of buzz early in camp. Catching deep passes from Lamar and making big plays against a pretty good secondary. Drawing comparisons to elite WR like Michael Thomas, Boykin has all the tools to be successful big, physical guy with a great catch radius. Boykin is having a great camp so far and has been a team standout.
Second year ILB Chris Board continues to impress coaches with his work ethic and is working with the starting defense weak side linebacker next to Patrick Onuwasor.
Another second year player looking to breakout this season is TE Mark Andrews. We saw a glimpse of what he’s capable of last season, but his chemistry with Lamar is there and he could lead the team in receptions. Consistently getting open and showing great hands, he’s the guy Lamar throws to the most.
Honorable mention goes to DT Michael Pierce and his commitment to being a role model for his team and coaching staff. It was highly publicized that Pierce came into minicamp over weight and had to leave the field to avoid risk of being hurt due to the fact that he wasn’t in football shape. Since the incident Mike has been back on the field and looks to be in much better shape after losing 20 pounds. Pierce has been very apologetic to his team since the incident.
Honorable mentions also go to second year WR Jaleel Scott and UDFA WR Antoine Wesley. Scott hasn’t missed a beat since camp started and could push for a spot in the rotation this year and Wesley is making a case for the practice squad at the very least. Floyd and Moore shouldn’t be guaranteed roster spots just because Floyd is a veteran and Moore who has been with this team for the past three seasons and still hasn’t had a lot of production. The Ravens completely retooled there receiving core with a injection of youth which could pay off this season.
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT HOLLYWOOD?
Hollywood Brown passed his conditioning test but the Ravens are still bringing him along slowly. He’s hasn’t been cleared to practice but he’s working on the JUG machine and has been doing some running. We can expect to see Hollywood practicing fairly soon. Update*** Hollywood passed his physical and has been cleared to practice. Barring any setbacks we’re likely to see him all preseason.
Ravens waived WR Quincy Adeboyejo, a roster bubble player to start camp Quincy struggled to stay healthy through his tenure in Baltimore. As a result, Ravens signed OL Isaiah Williams.
WR Allen Hurns was released by the Dallas Cowboys early in camp, I thought the Ravens might pursue another speedy target, but has since signed with the Miami Dolphins ( see you WK 1)
Former pro bowl DT Mike Daniels was released by the Green Bay Packers has since signed with the Detroit Lions.
What has seen to be a pretty uneventful camp regarding injuries, QB Robert Griffin suffered a thumb fracture in his throwing hand during the open practice at M&T stadium. Reports indicate RG3 should be back for the start of the season but still need a live arm to have in camp. Ravens worked out QB Josh Johnson but he turned down the offer knowing there’s a possibility for Robert to return which would result in him being released. The Ravens decided to sign QB Joe Callahan a player who OC Greg Roman coached in high school. Even with this new signing, still expect McSorely to be 2nd string QB for the time being.
Stay tuned Ravens nation football is back and the Ravens are buzzing this season with a lot of high expectations. Don’t miss out!!