OWINGS MILLS – Five observations from Day 6 of Ravens training camp on Wednesday:
1. Quarterback Joe Flacco had his best day of camp throwing the football.
There were at least four throws that Flacco delivered in perfect spots, completing passes despite tight coverage. Not only is Flacco moving well on his surgically repaired knee, his accuracy is not suffering.
2. The Ravens’ defense is getting more tipped balls in practice than last year.
That’s a good sign for the defense, especially since Flacco is throwing well. The coverage looks tighter. The secondary is making fewer mental mistakes. The Ravens have added two experienced minds to their secondary – safety Eric Weddle and secondary coach Leslie Frazier. Both have been positive influences.
3. Anthony Levine is seeing plenty of time at linebacker instead of safety.
Levine has been a valuable player on special team for years, but he could factor into more defensive snaps as a linebacker, especially in passing situations. He looks comfortable in that role so far.
4. Rookie cornerback Tavon Young continues to make plays.
The fourth-round pick from Temple is playing with poise and confidence. If that continues during the preseason, Young could be a factor as a nickel back.
5. This could be a breakout season for linebacker Za’Darius Smith.
Smith ended his rookie season with 3 ½ sacks over the final three games. It appears in practice that Smith is picking up where he left off, and the Ravens may move him around in passing situations to give him favorable matchups as a pass rusher.