OWINGS MILLS – Five observations from Day 8 of Ravens training camp on Friday:
1. Wide receiver Kaelin Clay is having his moments despite stiff competition at wide receiver.
Clay made one of the best catches of training camp, winning a wrestling match for the ball with cornerback Will Davis after both players caught the ball simultaneously. There may not be room on the 53-man roster for Clay, even as a returner. But if Clay keeps making sparkling catches, the coaches will give him a long look.
2. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson has thrown the ball better in camp than Ryan Mallett.
Johnson threaded a beautiful pass between two defenders that hit Daniel Brown for a touchdown. Throughout camp, Johnson has been more accurate than Ryan Mallett, the Ravens’ No. 2 quarterback. It’s very unlikely the Ravens will keep three quarterbacks, and it’s also unlikely the Ravens will part with Mallett. However, if Mallett wants to eliminate any suspense about his backup role, he needs to perform more consistently.
3. Towson head coach Rob Ambrose attended Friday’s practice.
No doubt Ambrose wanted to check out running back Terrance West, who Ambrose coached at Towson. Ambrose was not disappointed. West had another strong day.
4. Third-year safety Terrence Brooks had an active day.
Brooks is in a tough battle to make the roster, and it’s doubtful the Ravens will keep both Brooks and Elam. But Brooks had an interception off a tipped ball Friday, and enjoyed a solid practice overall. A funny moment occurred when Brooks got a drink of water, but forgot to turn off the valve. As Brooks turned away, the cold water sprayed onto his back, giving him a jolt he didn’t expect. “You guys didn’t see that,” Brooks said to reporters, smiling.
5. Rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa still has work to do in pass coverage.
Opponents may take advantage of Correa’s aggressiveness. That happened during Friday’s practice, when tight end Darren Wallace easily got behind Correa for a touchdown catch in the red zone. When the play ended, Correa hung his head in disappointment. Despite his impressive camp so far, Correa still has plenty to learning to do, especially playing both inside and outside linebacker.
“We’re really asking a lot of the guy that’s a rookie,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “He’s playing a lot of positions, might be too many. I’d rather do that, and then figure out what we want to do with him.”
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