OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens will hit the practice field at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Here is the buzz surrounding the team as they prepare for their ninth practice of training camp:
- Defensive end Brent Urban (triceps injury) is the latest training camp casualty.
Urban (triceps injury) is potentially lost for the season, and joins safety Matt Elam (torn biceps) as another player we may not see play until 2016.
The Ravens may decide they still have enough depth at defensive end, or they could look to sign someone. Lawrence Guy, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and DeAngelo Tyson are backing up Chris Canty at defensive end, but Tyson also missed Friday’s practice with an undisclosed injury.
Fortunately for the Ravens, they re-signed Canty during the offseason about a month after waiving him. He’s a steady veteran presence, both on the field and in the locker room.
However, Canty is the Ravens’ oldest defensive lineman at age 32, and the Ravens don’t want his snap count to increase this season. That means it’s time for Guy, Lewis-Moore, and Tyson to step things up in practice. Extra playing time is available for them if they earn it.
- The Ravens are going to cut some good wide receivers.
Rookie free agent DeAndre Carter practiced well Friday, adding to the long list of receivers putting in good work during camp. The four joint practices with the Eagles and the preseason games are going to be very important for the receiving corps. Assuming that Breshad Perriman (knee) and Marlon Brown (back) don’t have serious injuries, you can put them on the 53-man roster at wide receiver along with Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken. I don’t see any way Michael Campanaro gets cut if he stays healthy. That’s five receivers already, and the Ravens will only keep six or seven. That leaves Jeremy Butler, Darren Waller, Carter, and Aldrick Robinson battling to make the roster, with Daniel Brown, Tom Nelson and Trent Steelman also still in camp.
There’s quality depth at the position, which makes every practice rep important for them. All of them can play. But all of them can’t stay.