Wrapping up the Ravens' mandatory minicamp

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Earlier we highlighted a group of Ravens players who stood out during the team's three-day mandatory mincamp, which ended Thursday.

Here are some more minicamp observations:

-- I'm not sure whether the Ravens know yet whether they can trust Asa Jackson, but the third-year cornerback will make an athletic play every couple of days that makes you say: “Wow.”

-- The best compliment I can pay projected starting right tackle Rick Wagner was that I didn’t notice him a lot this week. And that’s probably the best compliment an offensive lineman can get.

-- If there was one negative this week, it was that Ravens wide receivers dropped way too many passes. Marlon Brown was probably the biggest culprit.

-- Now that T.J. Yates is in Atlanta and the free-agent quarterback market is basically nonexistent, Tyrod Taylor’s backup job looks secure. Rookie sixth-round pick Keith Wenning understandably has struggled at times and has a ways to go.

-- Coming off shoulder surgery, running back Bernard Pierce participated only in individual drills, but he looked like he was in great shape and raring to go. Coach John Harbaugh said he expected most of the players who were limited or sidelined this week to be ready for training camp. It would be huge for the Ravens if Pierce is part of that group, especially with a suspension for Rice looming.  

-- Tight end and third-round pick Crockett Gillmore was involved in two of the three fights during the week, first tangling with fellow rookie Timmy Jernigan and then scrapping with safety Matt Elam. You've got to love a kid who won’t back down and isn’t afraid, but Gillmore probably should be a little careful. He doesn’t want to be the guy on offense who is involved in every scrap and whom the defense tries to provoke. Just ask Jah Reid, who has occupied that role the past couple of training camps.

-- I’m not reading too much into it, but I was a little surprised with the lack of first- or even second-team reps for rookie safety and third-round pick Terrence Brooks. The Ravens like to make their rookies earn their way up the depth chart, and perhaps Brooks now knows what he’s up against.

-- I still would like to see how offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is going to use second-year fullback Kyle Juszczyk before following the lead of others and predicting a breakout season for the former Harvard standout. However, it is very easy to be impressed with his hands. Another offseason in the weight room appears to really have benefited Juszczyk as well.



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