Key Ravens storylines as mandatory minicamp nears
The Ravens will host their final offseason minicamp this week, though this one is different than the previous organized team activities in that it's mandatory. So, barring any issues that we don't know about, defensive standouts Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata will be there, as will the entire projected starting offense.
The workouts, which start Tuesday, all are open to reporters and will be a good preview into next month's training camp. Here are a few things worth monitoring.
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Will some of the veterans on the projected roster bubble stand out?( Kevin Hoffman,USA TODAY Sports / September 29, 2013 )
Back-end roster spots won't be secured this week, but for many veterans, confidence can surely be gained and positive and negative impressions can certainly be made. There are plenty of Ravens who need to make an early statement. Deonte Thompson (pictured) and LaQuan Williams (Maryland) are among a large group of wide receivers who will be looking to nab one or two available roster spots once training camp begins. Reid, A.Q. Shipley, Will Rackley and Gino Gradkowski will be competing for reserve roles along the offensive line. Rotational defensive players, like Terrence Cody, DeAngelo Tyson, Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan, seemingly enter training camp every year needing to hold off a host of players to keep their spots. They can't do that this week, but a solid three days of workouts would be a step in the right direction.