The weather felt more like September than June as the Ravens took part in their second OTA workout open to the media on Wednesday. It's still hard to get a true read on this team with so many absences -- four starting offensive linemen, Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb were among those who skipped the voluntary workout. But here are five players who stood out:
* WR Kamar Aiken
Aiken ran with the first unit during many team drills and caught just about everything thrown his way. That included a tough, diving grab on a low ball from Joe Flacco, a long pass when he got behind cornerback Asa Jackson and a jump ball in the end zone. With play like that, Aiken could be a major factor in this offense.
* TE Nick Boyle
There isn't any hitting or true run blocking yet, which are both key roles for tight ends, but Boyle showed he can get open and catch the ball. Boyle, a rookie fifth-round pick, still projects as a No. 3 tight end/special teamer behind Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams -- and that's assuming Dennis Pitta is not ready -- but injuries happen, and Boyle looks like he could contribute if called upon. And you have to think Flacco loves throwing to a fellow Delaware Blue Hen.
* S Terrence Brooks
Earlier this offseason, general manager Ozzie Newsome suggested the second-year safety would begin the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list in the wake of his season-ending knee injury in December. But Brooks took part in team drills and moved well yesterday, and he appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery.
* G Kelechi Osemele
Last week, the Ravens defensive front frequently blew through middle of the offensive line. Yesterday, they found the sledding a lot tougher, and the reason was Osemele. He looks to be in good shape and is a big step up from backups such as rookie Robert Myers. Osemele will also be highly motivated this year, as he is set to hit free agency next offseason.
* DE Brent Urban
The defensive end missed last week's open OTA for a funeral, but at 6-foot-7, he is hard to miss when he lines up along the Ravens defensive front. Coming back from a knee injury that cost him all of last season, Urban looked good. In fact, he looked too good at least once; coach John Harbaugh sent Urban to the sideline for a couple of plays after he bore down on Flacco a little too close and celebrated a little too much. Privately, though, Harbaugh must be pleased to be see Urban moving that well.