Who’s trending up, and who’s trending down for the Ravens so far?
The Ravens are getting a day off Sunday, and they need it. Training camp has taken its toll, and the list of injured players has grown.
Torn biceps injuries to safety Matt Elam and defensive end Brent Urban will sideline them for months, if not the entire season. Meanwhile, the grind toward the regular season continues. Here’s my take on some Ravens who have stood out so far, and others who need to step it up.
Kamar Aiken, WR
He was listed on the first team opposite Steve Smith on the Ravens’ first depth chart. More importantly, Aiken has performed in practice with confidence, capable of being a regular target for Joe Flacco on Sundays.
Chris Canty, DE
With Urban out, the 32-year-old Canty’s is rising to the occasion. “Chris Canty is playing like a kid,” said coach John Harbaugh after Saturday’s practice. “He looks good.” The Ravens were smart to re-sign Canty after releasing him.
Michael Campanaro, WR
He has been healthy, he has been getting open, and he has been making plays. Injuries to other wide receivers have given Campanaro more practice reps, and he has taken full advantage. Plus he could be the Ravens’ main returner this season.
Will Hill, S
He’s playing fast and aggressively confidence. With Elam gone, Hill knows he’s the guy at strong safety, is embracing that role.
Kendrick Lewis, S
You can’t tell Lewis is a newcomer by the way he’s practicing. He could be the Ravens’ most important free agent pickup as the expected starter at free safety.
Breshad Perriman, WR
Not his fault, but the first-round pick has missed eight straight practices (knee injury). Whenever Perriman returns, he’ll have catching up to do.
DeAngelo Tyson, DE
He has missed the last two practices, and when asked about Tyson on Saturday, Harbaugh said, “I don’t think he has an injury. Something must have cropped up.” Without knowing why Tyson has been absent, he remains in a battle to make the roster, even with Urban injured. The sooner Tyson returns, the better his chances.
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