OWINGS MILLS - Observations after the Ravens’ third practice of training camp, Saturday Aug. 1:
- For the first day in pads, it was peaceful.
No fights. And fortunately, no injuries that appeared serious. Safety Matt Elam left the field early for an undisclosed reason, and wide receiver Jeremy Butler got up slowly after diving for an attempted catch. But the Ravens handled the heat and contact well.
- What’s up with wide receiver Marlon Brown?
He missed practice after looking very good Friday. Head coach John Harbaugh did not give an update at the podium after practice, because it was the coordinators’ day to speak. Hopefully Brown will return Sunday, but it’s something to keep an eye one.
- With Brown and Breshad Perriman (knee) out, other receivers stepped forward.
Most notably, Jeremy Butler and Kamar Aiken. Butler seems to catch everything. That’s not a bad attribute for a wide receiver. It might be tough to keep more than six receivers on the final 53-man roster, but Butler is going to be a difficult cut if he keeps playing like this.
Aiken had a very strong day of practice. He was a surprise last year, and he’s showing it wasn’t a fluke. He can make plays lining up both outside, and in the slot. Aiken is making an early training camp argument to be part of the wide receiver mix on Sundays.
- John Urschel got plenty of reps at center.
Urschel looks like the backup center if something happens to Jeremy Zuttah.
- DT Timmy Jernigan returned to practice and went the distance in the heat, after leaving practice early Friday to receive an IV. That’s a good sign for the defensive line, with Jernigan being counted on heavily to help fill the void created by the departure of Haloti Ngata.