PHILADELPHIA – News and notes from Thursday’s Ravens-Eagles joint practice:
- It’s going to be very difficult for the Ravens to cut WR Darren Waller.
I say Waller makes the 53-man roster, after another very impressive day. He used his 6-foot-6 size to make two catches with Eagles corners draped over him. Waller is raw, but he has the potential to become a very good player. After drafting him in the sixth round, the Ravens are unlikely to let a potential weapon like Waller walk away.
- Ravens rookie tight end Nick Boyle continued to show pass-catching skills.
The Ravens knew Boyle could block when they drafted him in the fifth round. But his pass catching and route running are improving rapidly. After having the ball stripped from his hands and dropping a pass early in practice, Boyle didn’t pout. He responded by making three difficult catches and getting open consistently. The Ravens remain confident that their young tight end trio of Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Willams, and Boyle will be enough.
- Free agent WR Tom Nelson is a long shot, but he’s making plays.
Nelson is a 28-year-old converted safety who has played for the Eagles, Bengals, Bears, and Panthers. After the Panthers cut him last year, Nelson switched from safety to wide receiver, hoping he could stick with a team at that position. It’s going to be difficult for Nelson to make the Ravens’ 53-man roster, but he’s getting plenty of reps. At the very least, Nelson could land on another team’s roster or practice squad, and he is making the Ravens’ coaches play close attention.
“I didn’t know anything about him, in all honesty,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “He’s a very good route runner for a guy that’s never played wide receiver. A good feel for getting in zones, getting open, very good hands. He’s done a nice job. He’s put himself in the conversation.”
- Practice was more intense than Wednesday, but without major incident.
There were a couple of brief tussles, but nothing over the top. Friday’s workout won’t be as physical, with the teams resting bodies for Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia. It appears the Ravens and Eagles may last through three days of practice without a major brawl.