OWINGS MILLS - Five takeaways from Ravens rookie minicamp that ended Saturday:
1. The Ravens escaped with just one serious injury.
It was disappointing that undrafted rookie cornerback Julian Wilson from Oklahoma suffered a broken leg Friday that will end his season. The Ravens wanted to take a longer look at Wilson at a position where they have need. However, all of the Ravens’ draft picks escaped injury. That made them more fortunate than the Jaguars, who lost top pick Dante Fowler (No. 3 overall) to a season-ending knee injury Friday.
2. An undrafted rookie could find a niche as a returner
With Jacoby Jones now with the Chargers, the Ravens are searching for a reliable returner. “Coach (Jerry) Rosburg had about seven guys out there catching punts,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “A few of them looked good enough to catch it at this level. I think that’s a foot in the door for some of these young guys.”
3. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman looked solid catching passes.
Perriman’s hands were the only knock on him after the Ravens drafted him with the 26th pick. However, he made several nice catches on Saturday during the only practice that was open to reporters. I only saw one drop, and Perriman’s speed was obvious. He carried himself like a first-round pick.
4. The Ravens’ coaches like the pass-catching ability of running back Buck Allen.
“We’ve seen Buck catch passes, we’ve seen Buck pass protect, so we know he can do it,” Harbaugh said. “He’s done it out here for three practices and looks very smooth doing it.”
5. The first impression of the Ravens’ rookie class was positive.
“We haven’t had any surprises,” Harbaugh said. “We haven’t had anybody that’s been disappointing. That’s a credit probably to our process.
“Everybody finished. Everybody went fast the whole process. It was tough. But these guys came in shape. You can tell they really like football.”
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