The Ravens will have their second open practice of OTA’s on Wednesday afternoon, giving the media another chance to evaluate how the team is shaping up. Here’s an early look at some of the key competitions to watch:
Buck Allen vs. Lorenzo Taliaferro
They’re vying to be the No. 2 back behind Justin Forsett. Allen was a reliable receiver at USC, which could give him an edge. But Taliaferro has a year of experience in the Ravens’ offense. Should be an interesting competition.
Marlon Brown vs. Breshad Perriman
Other than Steve Smith, which wide receiver will become Joe Flacco’s most trusted target? Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro are among others vying for that role. But Campanaro is currently sidelined with a quadriceps injury and his ability to stay healthy remains an issue. Brown led the Ravens in touchdowns as a rookie in 2013, while Perriman was the Ravens’ first-round pick. Brown and Perriman have a chance to establish a comfort level this spring and summer, working with Flacco in new coordinator Marc Trestman’s system.
Matt Elam vs. Will Hill
HEADLINE - Interesting position battles to watch at OTA's
Free agent pickup Kendrick Lewis is expected to start at free safety, leaving Elam and Hill to vie for the starting spot at strong safety. Elam, a first-round pick in 2013, wants to prove he isn’t a bust. Hill wants to prove the Ravens can depend on him, after his past off-field issues and suspensions. The Ravens hope the competition brings out the best in both, and makes their secondary stronger.
Crockett Gillmore vs. Maxx Williams
Gillmore is the better blocker, with Williams being the more polished receiver. Both will have a role, especially because the Ravens will use some two tight-end sets. Williams could have the biggest impact of any Ravens rookie if he’s a fast learner. Flacco loves throwing to tight ends and last year’s most productive tight end, Owen Daniels, left for the Broncos in free agency. The Ravens also drafted tight end Nick Boyle in the fifth round, and Dennis Pitta is trying to return from his second major hip injury. But at the moment, Williams and Gillmore have the inside track to see the most reps at tight end.