Baltimore Sun

Mike Preston's observations from training camp

Cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo have yet to practice because of leg injuries, but both appear to be in great shape participating in stretching and non-contact drills during team practices.

Ayanbadejo is generally regarded as one of the hardest workers on the team, and he played well last season as both the special teams ace and starting linebacker.


When Webb gets back on the playing field, it will be interesting to see how his knee responds to the cuts, and all the stop-and-go movements made by a cornerback.

Both players, though, are eager to return, and head coach John Harbaugh will have to be careful not to allow them to start practicing again too soon.


Bulking up

Guards Marshal Yanda and Chris Chester bulked up during the off season, with each weighing about 15 pounds more. With Yanda, that's good because he might need the bulk if he has to play right tackle. Chester has always needed the extra weight. As a rookie, he was built more like a tight end or defensive end than a guard.

Running impaired

Linebacker Jason Phillips, a fifth-round pick in 2009, can play the run, but he is atrocious against the pass. Talk about foot speed? Oooh, very, very slow. One linebacker, though, who has been impressive is Antwan Barnes, especially in pass rushing situations. He could give starter Terrell Suggs some relief during the regular season.

Step it up Troy

Here's hoping that No. 3 quarterback Troy Smith plays lights out in the preseason. If he does, then the Ravens might be able to get a draft pick for him in a trade. If not, the Ravens are stuck, and Smith hasn't looked good in training camp.

One on one

The Ravens appear to be running more clearing routes than in previous seasons. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron appears to have done a good job in designing certain plays to get one-on-one matchups. We'll see during the regular season.