OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens practiced for more than 2 ½ hours on Thursday, going in full pads and emphasizing physical play with periods on short-yardage and goal-line situations.
“Very important day in training camp for us,” coach John Harbaugh said, “especially for the young guys, got a lot of reps. … It was spirited and good, and I think we learned a lot from that.”
Here are five observations from Thursday’s workout:
1. Bronson Kaufusi suffered the first major injury of camp.
Rookie defensive end Bronson Kaufusi suffered a broken left ankle and is probably out for the season.
Injuries are always a part of camp, and the Ravens have to hope there are no other serious ones. Kaufusi was a third-round pick out of BYU who was competing for a role on the defensive line, though he appeared to be behind Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban on the depth chart.
2. The Ravens have depth up front, but will it last?
The Ravens came into camp with a lot of depth along the defensive line, with Guy, Urban, Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Carl Davis, Kapron Lewis-Moore and rookies Kaufusi and Willie Henry all in the mix.
Now Kaufusi is out for the season, Jernigan is battling a rib injury, and Urban and Lewis-Moore have already missed extensive time in their young careers. Depth is important but it can change in a hurry.
3. Keenan Reynolds faces an uphill battle to make this team.
The former Navy quarterback is trying to make the transition to wide receiver and return specialist with the Ravens. He is pretty far down on the receiver depth chart – even with Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman sidelined -- and he mishandled a couple of punts in drills on Thursday. He can’t afford to do that.
4. There was a Matt Elam sighting.
On the play in which Kaufusi was injured, Elam drifted over and made a nice leaping interception against Kaelin Clay, celebrating with a dance afterward.
Plays like that have been few and far between for the former first-round pick, which is why the Ravens failed to pick up his option this spring. He is running as a backup safety behind Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb.
5. Buck Allen has had a quiet camp
While Terrance West has looked explosive this camp, second-year running back Buck Allen has had a quiet start.
On Thursday, he dropped a pass while wide-open, and on a third-and-short play, he was stuffed short of the first-down marker by Terrence Brooks along the sideline. Allen is still probably the No. 2 back, but he has been outplayed by West thus far.
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