PHILADELPHIA — On the final day of joint practices in Philadelphia, some notable names returned to the practice fields.
Miles Boykin made his presence known early on with a few nice grabs in the red zone. Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards rotated in at the running back spot, too, but perhaps the most notable faces were the ones not there.
Marquise Brown wasn’t available for practice, though it’s unlikely his absence is related to a setback in his recovery from a foot injury Ronnie Stanley was seen in street clothes with his left ankle taped up and Jermaine Eluemanor wasn’t on the field.
Even with the notable names missing, the Ravens offense still had a strong day. Or at least, a stronger day than Monday.
“Today we had one rookie step up, Ben Powers, we had Boze (Bradley Bozeman) come in and fill in for our left guard,” quarterback Lamar Jackson said.
Boykin, who returned after a two-day absence from practice, shined with a few nice catches in the red zone as a reliable target for Jackson to throw to.
“He made great catches on the sideline,” Jackson said. “Lanky guy, got speed, he’s explosive. He’s going to be a great tool this year.”
While Jackson and the Ravens offense struggled in the red zone the day before, Tuesday was an improvement as Jackson slipped into a better rhythm against the Eagles defense.
With a 4-3 “Wide Nine” front, Jackson and the rest of the offense saw a new look against one of the league’s better defensive teams.
“That was the first time I’ve seen a very explosive defensive line, besides ours,” Jackson said. “They got after it a little, our line held it down.”
In 11-on-11 at the end of practice, Jackson finished 5-of-9 with an interception and a dazzling juke along the sidelines.
Trace McSorley struggled and threw a few interceptions at the end of practice, but the day was still an improvement for the Baltimore offense.
Defensively, the Ravens secondary held up well, sans for a few plays where Cyrus Jones was beat.
Jones, in contention for the slot cornerback role that Tavon Young leaves behind with his injury, is just one of the cornerbacks available to the Ravens in the slot.
“Almost all of the guys worked in there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Marlon’s been in there, Jimmy’s even been in there. For us, the way we’re operating right now is that it depends on the call, depends on the matchup, things like that.”
Humphrey was one of the players who shined for the Ravens on both days, leading a still-impressive secondary at the cornerback slot.
But with Young out, for potentially the season, the secondary will still have some questions to be answered moving forward.
The Ravens will get an extended look Thursday night in Philadelphia, as they wrap up their week in Pennsylvania with their third preseason game of the season.
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