OWINGS MILLS -- Here’s the buzz surrounding the Ravens heading into Friday’s training camp practice at 1 p.m.:
1. Will Hill seems very comfortable as the starting strong safety.
Few if any Ravens are having a better camp than Hill. He’s in great shape, covering more ground in pass coverage, and he remains the most physical member of the secondary, delivering big hits to ball carriers. The offensive line was a question mark heading into 2014, but it became one of the Ravens’ strengths. It’s conceivable that could happen with the secondary this season, if Hill, safety Kendrick Lewis, and corners Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb all stay healthy.
2. The battle at No. 2 running back between Lorenzo Taliaferro and Buck Allen is close.
They have different styles. Taliaferro runs with more power between the tackles, while Allen is more fluid and runs taller. However, it’s hard not to be impressed with how Allen catches the ball on pass routes. Justin Forsett is going to get the majority of work, but anytime Forsett needs a break, both Taliaferro and Allen should be more than capable.
3. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan looks very ready for an expanded role.
Jernigan only played 12 games and 330 snaps last season, yet still had four sacks. I think he could double that sack total this season. Jernigan isn’t the run stopper Haloti Ngata is, but Jernigan’s quickness in camp practices is eye-opening for a player his size. Opposing quarterbacks will be aware of Jernigan this season. If he stays healthy and maintains his stamina over 17 weeks, Jernigan could have a huge year.