Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman was impressive before he left practice early after falling on his knee. John Harbaugh said the injury was not serious and that Perriman might practice Friday. Yes, Perriman had a drop early in practice, but he bounced back with several tough catches. That’s what Perriman needs to do – keep running routes aggressively, and overcome mistakes. If Perriman does those things, he’ll make plays. Perriman’s speed is legit, and he uses his body well to shield defenders when catching the ball.
Another positive sign was seeing right tackle Rick Wagner (foot) and center Jeremy Zuttah (hip) on the field. This is the first time in years that the Ravens’ starting offensive line has returned intact. It has the potential to be one of their best lines ever, led by right guard Marshal Yanda, who some are calling the best offensive lineman in the NFL.
The competition at cornerback will be interesting. Cassius Vaughn made a nice play, tipping a pass that led to an interception. The Ravens may have found an unexpected playmaker in free agent corner Quinton Pointer, who does not look intimidated covering anyone. And Harbaugh keeps referring to cornerback Rashaan Melvin as a “pit bull”. That’s a good thing in Harbaugh speak. With cornerback Lardarius Webb missing practice after failing his conditioning test, Pointer and Melvin took advantage.
You’ve heard this before, but Steve Smith looked good. He’s 36, still moves like he’s 26, practices with enthusiasm like he’s 16.
Quote of the day: Asked which teammate he would least like to fight in an alley, Yanda said, “Probably Steve Smith. You would think that you’d probably hit that guy 100 times, and he’d just keep on coming.”