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From the Ravens website....




•Second-year running back Lorenzo Taliaferro looks to be in fantastic shape. He was almost unrecognizable at first, looking trimmed down and muscled up. He seems quicker.
•Returning from a season-ending Achilles tear in last year’s training camp, defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore was very active. He dominated last year’s rookie minicamp and seems to be picking up where he left off.
•Second-year defensive tackle Casey Walker also flashed. He got into a bit of a shoving match with guard Ryan Jensen and was so forceful up the middle on one play that he inadvertently made a tackle. Harbaugh kept reminding players to stay up and not hit.
•Tight end Crockett Gillmore is much more than just a blocker. He made a couple of diving catches and nearly hauled in another errant pass with one hand and two men in coverage. Gillmore could be a weapon in the passing game this year.
•Veteran backup quarterback Matt Schaub had an up-and-down practice. He missed a couple throws early during the 11-on-11 session, then floated a beautiful touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver newcomer Aldrick Robinson.
•Schaub had a problem with pick-sixes the past two seasons and rookie outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith may have gotten him on Thursday. Smith sniffed out a screen pass and leapt into the passing lane to make an impressive interception. It was a tough play and Smith showed good hands and instincts.
•Rookie sixth-round receiver Darren Waller showed he can run more than just deep routes. He caught a pair of intermediate passes during 11-on-11 work, including one back shoulder throw.
•He’s 36 years old, but Steve Smith Sr. can still get up. Smith made perhaps the catch of the day leaping high to grab a pass over safety Matt Elam. And, of course, Smith spun the ball.
•Smith also spent the early part of the special teams practice fielding punts. Could he get a look with wide receiver Michael Campanaro sidelined?
•Cornerback Jimmy Smith and wide receiver Kamar Aiken both caught a sideline pass at the same time. The two went to the turf trying to wrestle the ball away from each other. Aiken came up with it. A tie goes to the offensive player regardless.
•Second-year guard John Urschel, who stepped in for Jeremy Zuttah at center, put defensive tackle Brandon Williams on his back on the first play when defense and offense squared off against each other on running plays.


From the Baltimore Beatdown....



Defensive line is dominant

It should come as no surprise that the Ravens' defensive line was absolutely dominant all day long. Brandon Williams picked up where he left off last season and was a run-stuffer in the middle of the line during his snaps. Timmy Jernigan showed off his power and speed during practice by getting in the backfield on multiple occasions and completely disrupting things. Even though the offensive line was patchwork today, it was amazing to see exactly how nasty the defensive line is already playing and should give some hope to a much improved stat line for all involved in 2015.http://www.baltimorebeatdown.com/2015/5/28/8683085/ravens-otas-day-two-recap


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Schaub not sharp


Got a glimpse of backup quarterback Matt Schuab for the first time, and he didn't look nearly as sharp as when he was the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans from 2007 to 2013.

A lot of his passes were low and he has always had a weird throwing motion, but it looks even worse in practice, like he is throwing a shotput. But it was only one day and one practice, and it has to get better.




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