The Ravens held a training camp session that was open to the public tonight. The team went through a standard day of camp in two hours or so and several players stood out.
1. Paul Kruger
So maybe I was wrong about the Ravens outside linebacker. I have been down on Kruger ever since Suggs tore his ACL. My logic riding on the fact that Suggs played a major role in Kruger’s “breakout” year in 2011. I did not think Kruger could make an impact without Suggs being on the field to command double teams. But, tonight, Kruger looked very, very good in all aspects of the hame. Kruger made Michael Oher look silly on more than one occasion and he even looked good in pass coverage. There is a lot of pressure on Kruger this season to produce. The other outside linebacker position is in doubt but should be won by second round pick Courtney UpShaw. UpShaw will be competing with Albert McClellan and Sergio Kindle for the starting spot.
2. Chykie Brown
The 2011 fifth round draft pick from Texas looked very good tonight. The one thing that stood out to me was how physical he was. This led to one or two pass interference calls but that happens to even the best cornerbacks. Brown also excelled at jumping routes and deflecting passes. If Brown can play like this for the rest of camp, he should compete for the fourth cornerback spot.
3. Bobby Rainey
The Ravens are going to have a very tough competition at back up running back. As of now, Bernard Pierce is expected to win the job. After Pierce, there are many questions. Anthony Allen, Damien Berry, and Bobby Rainey will be competing for the third spot on the depth chart and Rainey made a statement tonight. Although he did not work with the first team offense, he did show flashes with the second team. Often times, Rainey was the only player creating separation from defenders. At one point, Rainey caught three passes in a row at the end of practice. One of Rainey’s biggest strengths is his versatility. He lined up at receiver a few times and was effective in that position. At this point, Rainey might not make the roster. But, if he does, he could develop into a Darren Sproles like player.
4. Jacoby Jones
I have said it from the beginning, Jones will make the Ravens offense more explosive. Although he did not showcase his explosiveness tonight, Jones still made some great catches. He even turned Lardarius Webb around for a long touchdown. Jones does have a history of dropping passes and dropped a few tonight but I have faith that Jones can turn that around. Jones will be competing with Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams for the third receiver spot.