With all the talk lately about the injuries and issues concerning the back end of the Ravens defense, Ravens corner back Fabian Washington said that things are all good.
Washington, entering his third season with the Ravens, is actively participating in camp and said that the team is doing its best in camp to learn how to best execute their offense and defense.
“The defense is playing good, and the offense is looking amazing at practice,” Washington told Thyrl Nelson after practice on Tuesday. “We’re just going to go out and control what we can control. We can’t control injuries at this point in the game. The next person just has to step up and do their best.”
Washington mentioned the injuries. But the way Washington talked about the issue; some would forget that Washington is one of those injury concerns, as he is one of two starting corners from last year coming off season-ending ACL tears.
Washington said the knee, which he tore in the 17-15 loss in Week 11 to the Colts, is holding up very well in camp.
“I’m holding up pretty good. I’m out here practicing once a day, going full speed in most of the drills. My knee is holding up in practice. I feel like all the hard work I did in the off-season is starting to pay off.”
Most ACL tears take more than a year to heal. But both he and Lardarius Webb are expected to be ready far ahead of schedule and ready to go in Week 1.
But with those injury concerns, including another ACL tear by starting corne rback Domonique Foxworth last week, the Ravens have stuck the infamous red jersey on Washington at times, just to make sure Washington is upright throughout the rest of camp going into the regular season.
“They tried to keep me safe,” Washington said. “We’ve had some misfortunes at the corner back position the last few years. We’re trying to stay safe and healthy as possible.”
If anything, the best way to get back into football shape-both physically and getting adapted to the speed of the game-has been being thrown out their against an up and coming Ravens offense on the fields at McDaniel.
Washington feels like with the added receivers GM Ozzie Newsome went out and got this year, like Anquan Boldin, the Ravens should be able to score some points this year.
“You’ll see that in the preseason, definitely come Week 1,” Washington said. “We’ve got some exciting guys. Everybody knows what Anquan can do. He’s been doing that years and years now.”
Washington, even on one good knee, is still one of the fastest guys on the team. But one guy right now who he has lined up against-in receiver Donte Stallworth-has really tired Washington out at times.
“We’ve got guys like Donte who are straight burners. The guy can run…I’ve seen it. I feel like if anybody can push me deep and get me stretching my hamstring, he can run. He’s been doing that on a daily basis.”
Washington said that if something should happen to him or one of the other corners, he does feel like the guys around and behind him should still play well and the Ravens will be fine because of the hard work he and his teammate have put in so far.
“I think all of us are going to have to step up, like myself and Chris Carr. Lardarius is working his butt off on the side tyring to get healthy and be ready for Week1. We’ve got guys like Prince Miller coming along. Travis Fisher has been playing some good football. We just need to gel, come together and play our best ball.”