Development of Second Year Ravens…
…through game 2 of the preseason.
After focusing on the rookie class who gets a decent look in preseason game 1, we shift focus to the second year players who are expected to take strides in their development. Players that are featured more in preseason game 2 which the Ravens won, 31-7 over Miami. Here’s what we have seen so far from the 2016 draft class. The amount of “out for the season” guys is alarming.
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Ronnie Stanley – 1st round, LT. Inactive for the game as he missed practice in the days leading up to the Thursday night tilt. The injury hasn’t been disclosed in typical Ravens fashion. Marlon Humphrey returned to the field after missing a week of action with an undisclosed injury. Here’s to hoping Stanley’s is just as minor and doesn’t linger. You need to have Ronnie Stanley blocking the blind side on Week 1.
Kamalei Correa – 2nd round, LB. Starting at middle linebacker next to C.J. Mosley for the second straight game. Correa missed on an open field tackle against Jay Ajayi early on that lead to a Miami first down. Had a good look in zone coverage on pass defense with one ball thrown errantly in his direction. Correa played into the 2nd quarter where he missed another tackle with help, and was a non-factor on an 11-yard Miami TD run that went past him. Not a great showing for the guy the Ravens want to replace their leading tackler from a year ago, the retired Zach Orr with.
Bronson Kaufusi – 3rd round, DE. Entered in the second half with the second and third teamers. He rotated in with Carl Davis and Chris Wormley throughout the second half. For Kaufusi, it’s essentially his rookie year having been placed on IR with a broken foot early in the 2016 camp. Give him a little more leeway to develop. Nothing of note last night, but did register a sack in game 1.
Tavon Young – 4th round, CB. Out for the season. Huge blow as he was quite the surprise as an undersized DB, covering receivers like a blanket. We have seen what happens to this defense when the lack of depth in the secondary is exposed.
Chris Moore – 4th round, WR. Moore saw his first action late in quarter number three. He wasn’t used in the return game at all which is where the fringe WRs might make their case to make the team. Moore has shown nothing but poor hands in his young career. Only one target in this game, also rushed once. I don’t think anyone is really pushing to unseat him from the 5th WR spot, with likely the 6th going to a returner. With Michael Campanaro’s health always in question, it means Moore just an injury to one or two guys away from getting major reps in real games. That’s a scary thought considering we haven’t seen improvement on last year yet.
Alex Lewis – 4th round, LG. Out for the season. Another huge blow. For years the offense tends to go the way the O-line goes.
Willie Henry – 4th round, DT. Came into action in the second half replacing Brandon Williams over the nose of the center. Never heard his name called, but the defense didn’t get much face time in this one. Lots of three and outs. Saw after drives the Brandon Williams was chatting with Henry. Love to see that from veteran guys who take the pads off early. Willing to coach up the young guys rather than off somewhere planning their post-game activities.
Kenneth Dixon – 4th round, RB. Out for the season. Dixon was to miss the first four games anyway. I have faith that Terrance West can get the tough yards, and Danny Woodhead can be the 3rd down back in passing situations. Hate to see anyone miss time, but Dixon might be the one we miss the least.
Matt Judon – 5th round, Edge. Starting at outside linebacker and looking to build on a solid rookie season a year ago with limited playing time. Judon reportedly shed 15 pounds in the offseason and he looks even slimmer than that. Judon played the entire first half and it took until nearly halftime to hear his name called. He bull rushed the left tackle back towards the quarterback, and reached up to swat a pass away. May have had a quarterback hurry earlier on but footing was problem on the Miami field and he slipped off the edge where he had the blocker almost beat.
Keenan Reynolds – 6th round, WR. Reynolds was thought of as a possible slot receiver when drafted, but after a year on the practice squad, the way onto this team might be in the return game. Michael Campanaro and Taquan Mizzell got a decent amount of reps on kickoffs, but in the punt game is where we saw the Navy man. He shined on one return a week ago, but wasn’t given many chances with punts angling to the sidelines. He gave way to Bobby Rainey who got some work in in the 4th quarter.
Maurice Canady – 6th round, DB. Out for the season, but listed as injured reserve eligible to return.
The Ravens return home next week for game 3 where we should get extended looks at some new veteran faces like Jeremy Maclin, Danny Woodhead, Ben Watson whom we saw for one drive in 2016. On defense, notably Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr.