The Ravens just wrapped up the final day of their three-day minicamp at the Under Armour Performance Center. Here are some observations from the workout and notes after coach John Harbaugh’s news briefing.
--- Offensive tackle Jah Reid was carted off the field and walked gingerly inside the practice facility with the help of an assistant. Harbaugh wasn’t in the mood to discuss injuries, which probably shouldn’t surprise you. Asked about what happened, Harbaugh essentially told a reporter, “Why are you even asking me that?" Needless to say, a serious injury to Reid would be a big blow as he has been lining up at right tackle with the first-team offense. In other injury news, wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who missed the practice with an ankle injury, told our Edward Lee that the injury is minor and that he was held out just as a precautionary measure.
--- Running back Anthony Allen spent the majority of these spring workouts with the first unit. It’s hard to make an honest evaluation of the running backs considering that there is no tackling out there, but he feels that getting an opportunity to be out there with the starters were beneficial. He also said that running back Ray Rice has been getting in touch with him throughout the spring and has been mentoring Allen a bit.
--- Today’s practice was not as intense as yesterday’s. Players such as Ray Lewis, Anquan Boldin, and Torrey Smith saw limited action in 11-on-11 drills, giving less-heralded players an opportunity to prove themselves. But with Boldin and Smith spending a lot of time on the sidelines and quarterback Joe Flacco getting his first taste of fatherhood, leaving Tyrod Taylor under center, the Baltimore defense got the better of the offense.
--- It was pick-six city for a while today. Cornerback Lardarius Webb jumped a comeback route and picked off Taylor, taking the interception down the left sideline for a touchdown. A play or two later, John Brantley, who was getting his first snap of the day in 11-on-11 drills, threw the ball into the belly of Brendon Ayanbadejo, who took it back to the house. A little bit later, rookie linebacker Nigel Carr scored on a pick-six of his own.
--- We wrote earlier today about how Sean Considine has gotten plenty of work in while Ed Reed is off doing whatever Ed Reed does when he skips mandatory minicamps. But Emanuel Cook also spent some time with the first-team defense. Cook was lining up deep in a centerfielder-type role, maybe to simulate the Reed experience. He is a key contributor on special teams, but he could get a chance to be Reed’s primary backup.
--- Deonte Thompson continued to be a workout warrior, catching several balls, though none were long bombs like he hauled in yesterday. There was one play, though, where Thompson stopped dead in his tracks to catch a throw that was behind him, and veteran safety Bernard Pollard made a point to let Thompson and everyone else within a three-mile radius know that he would get destroyed if he did that in an actual game.