Lamar Jackson has his most impressive camp
Lamar Jackson came to training camp focused. He’s stronger, he’s made many accurate throws, and he doesn’t seem to be the least bit distracted by contract extension negotiations. Jackson takes things his own way, and said Thursday, “I don’t like the people in my business at all. It’s my business. If I wanted to go out there, I’d put it there myself.” Jackson said he “hopes” to seal a new deal before the season begins. But either way, he looks intent on having his best season, taking over his work on and off the field.
Young corner players play with Ghanima
Young cornerbacks Galen Armor-Davis, Brandon Stevens and Bibi Williams play bodyweight and challenge the wide receivers to open up. They win some fights, lose some fights, but they compete and play with confidence. With Anthony Everett, Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith all gone, the depth of Ravens’ angle behind Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters will be a lot different. Baltimore signed veteran Kyle Fuller, who will also fight for delegates, but in the first week of camp, the smaller angles brought strain and intensity into the sessions.
Ben Cleveland needs to take a conditioning test behind him
This was supposed to be Ben Cleveland’s chance to win the starting job at the left, and it still could be. But he can’t compete until he passes the conditioning test and hits the field. Missing the first four days of training camp hurt Cleveland’s cause, and the sooner he got onto the field the better.
The depth of safety in Baltimore is impressive
New defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald will continue to assess how best to utilize Baltimore’s depth in safety. But it’s a blessing to have so much talent and diversity in one location. Marcus Williams, Chuck Clark, Kyle Hamilton, Tony Jefferson and Jenno Stone got cast on Saturday night and showed off parts of their various skill sets. There’s no doubt that the Ravens have the potential to be much better at covering passes after finishing last in the NFL in passing defense in 2021.
Isaiah will probably buy what Mark Andrews sells
After a fantastic week of passing, Isaiah Likely has a sure shot at earning important reps as a tight end rookie. Potential’s talent is clear and speaking every day with an elite road runner like Mark Andrews gives potentially insight into the nuances of openness. Jackson already referred to “probably” as “Baby Mark” this week, and likely said his development is accelerating because of the Andrews knowledge.
“I have the best tight end on my mind, Mark Andrews, in the league, (I) really hear what he has to say about my roads, off my blocking techniques, about my steps and take them like a sponge,” Possible said.