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Closing thoughts on training camp

Some closing thoughts as training camp comes to an end:

* None of the quarterbacks separated himself from the others in training camp, but if the Ravens had to choose a quarterback from what happened in camp, Kyle Boller clearly was the winner. A lot of the players prefer Troy Smith, but Boller was more consistent and made less mistakes.

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* Willis McGahee is still the starting halfback, but rookie Ray Rice made a name for himself, and I still like Cory Ross. He is small, but he is always going forward and always gaining yards.

* Not much can be said about the Ravens' receivers. Veteran Derrick Mason is still the best of the bunch and Mark Clayton was inconsistent, which he shouldn't be in his fourth season. I'm just wondering when third-year receiver Demetrius Williams is going to step on the field again. Will he ever become the vertical threat the Ravens desperately need? Keep an eye on rookie receiver Justin Harper. He's not bad, and neither is tight end Adam Bergen.

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* The Ravens have no depth in the middle of their offensive line. Third-year player Chris Chester, the top backup at both the guard and center positions, hasn't lived up to expectations, and he might have been cut by now if he wasn't a former draft pick.

* You've got to love the Ravens' young linebackers. That's quite an impressive group with Prescott Burgess, Edgar Jones, Antwan Barnes, Jameel McClain and Tavares Gooden.

* With Ed Reed still slowed by a shoulder injury, it was good that the Ravens selected a pair of safeties in the draft. Rookie Tom Zbikowski is tough in the box, and fellow rookie Haruki Nakumura has a nose for the ball. He's a tough kid.

* Brendon Ayanbadejo wanted out of Chicago because he wanted more playing time on the regular defense and now I can see why. He's athletic and relentless in pursuit. He's another one of those "tweener" linebackers that will have success with the Ravens.

* New head coach John Harbaugh has made strides with the team. I thought there would be more complaining about the physical training camp, but three players that spoke in defense of Harbaugh were Trevor Pryce, Ray Lewis and Jason Brown. Those three players are well respected on the Ravens.

* I like the pace of the Ravens' offense coming out of training camp. Little things were emphasized like breaking the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage and knowing the proper down and distance.

* Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco got an education in training camp. He is not going to see a lot of things in the NFL that defensive coordinator Rex Ryan didn't throw at him in the past three weeks.

* Veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal is not only a big asset on the field, but off it as well. The Ravens didn't have anyone to teach the young running backs about having a strong work ethic, but they have the right player in place with Neal.

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