Ravens coach John Harbaugh felt the need to punish defensive end Brent Urban during Wednesday’s OTA session. Yet, Urban is also doing plenty of good things to get noticed.
Urban got too close to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco during a drill. Invading the franchise quarterback’s personal space during a non-contact drill is a no-no. Then to make matters worse, Urban celebrated with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan on the sideline.
Harbaugh saw that, and decided Urban needed a timeout, keeping him on the sideline for bit.
“It was Brent’s second time, so he was sent to his room for a couple of days,” Harbaugh said. “But we do like to keep our guys away from the quarterback – that’s good. He was a little too close, and then he was celebrating it. That’s what sent me over the edge. It’s like, ‘Do you not understand what we’re doing here?’ But he has practice really well.”
Urban has practiced well enough to spend plenty of time with the first team defense. Veteran defensive end Chris Canty has not been at OTA’s, and Urban and Canty will compete for a starting defensive end spot.
A fourth-round pick in 2014, Urban missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury in training camp. Urban had impressed the coaching staff up to that point, and he has apparently picked up where he left off before being injured.
Whatever Urban does, he’s easy to spot. He’s massive (6-foot-7, 295 pounds), but he’s also athletic. He’s part of a Ravens youth movement on the defensive line, along with Jernigan, Brandon Williams, and Kapron Lewis-Moore. All of them hope to fill the void left by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who was traded to the Lions after nine stellar seasons with the Ravens.
The coaches like what they see from Urban. That is, as long as they don’t see him too close to Flacco.
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