OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens ended their three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday, and will be off until training camp begins in late July. Here are five takeaways from this week’s practices.
1. Joe Flacco was very sharp.
Marc Trestman is Flacco’s fourth different offensive coordinator in four years. But Flacco threw the ball crisply without hesitation, and there were few signals crossed between Flacco and his wide receivers. Flacco appears to have grown very comfortable very quickly with Trestman’s offense. That’s a good sign for the Ravens.
2. Terrell Suggs has work to do.
The Ravens’ outside linebacker admitted he was not in midseason shape yet. That’s OK for now. It won’t be if OK if Suggs does not report to training camp more fit. With Haloti Ngata (Lions) and Pernell McPhee (Bears) no longer a part of the defense, Suggs will be counted on heavily, which means he needs to get a little lighter.
3. Wide receiver Jeremy Butler is a name to watch.
Butler spent last season on injured reserve, but both Joe Flacco and Steve Smith raved about how well Butler caught the ball during minicamp. The Ravens have plenty of competition at wide receiver, but if Butler keeps catching everything, he will be difficult to cut.
4. The Ravens’ running back stable looks strong.
Justin Forsett looks like he got younger, not older, during the offseason. Lorenzo Taliaferro looks quicker. And rookie Buck Allen showed good hands and good vision. Fitz Touissant and Terrence Magee also did nice work. What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, the Ravens’ top two running backs were Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. The Ravens have moved on, but are no worse for it.
5. First-round pick Breshad Perriman looks resilient.
Perriman had some drops, but he never seemed to lose confidence, never stopped working hard, and never made excuses. Perriman’s speed is impressive, as is his ability to adjust his body while the football is in the air. Even when he makes mistakes as a rookie, Perriman looks like he has the talent and toughness to make plays.
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