Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele was at practice Wednesday, and he looked like he had stayed in good shape during the offseason. His legs certainly appeared fresh and he ran well.
One good indicator of whether an offensive lineman is in shape is how well he runs down the field after short passes in practice. For the lazy ones, that is basically a play off. But Osemele was sprinting 10 yards downfield after the receiver made the catch, just like it was a game situation.
It is one area where he and right guard Marshal Yanda made significant progress last season. Yanda, though, has not participated in OTAs and is unlikely to do so with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Third-year receiver Kamar Aiken, out of Central Florida, has been making a lot of plays in the practices media have been allowed to watch, especially inside the red zone and outside in the flats.
Aiken, though, has to watch pushing off shortly before the ball arrives. If we're picking it up in practices the referees will certainly flag him in games.
Second-year defensive tackle Brent Urban, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, is running well. He appears to have added some bulk and seems comfortable pushing off and getting downfield.
The Ravens have turned the heat up on third-year safety Matt Elam, the team's first-round pick out of Florida in 2013. But so far, he still has problems defending the pass.
With that said, there were a lot of holes in the Ravens secondary Wednesday. Good thing it is only an OTA.
There is this undrafted free agent rookie receiver, DeAndre Carter out of Sacramento State, who looks impressive at times, but then drops some easy ones.
If he concentrates a little more, he might make a name for himself.
Backup quarterback Matt Schaub didn't practice well a week ago, but he had a better day Wednesday. His arm just looked a lot stronger, where last week a lot of passes were low and off the mark.
New offensive coordinator Marc Trestman will probably use running backs more as receivers. Running back Justin Forsett doesn't mind getting more touches that way.
"I'm excited about that – being used more, going out wide or catching passes out of the backfield," said Forsett. "With coach Trestman coming in, a lot of his backs have had a lot of passes. Even in OTAs, I've been catching a lot of balls, so I make sure I am sharp on my routes and ready to be used that way, as well."
Forsett said the running game is basically the same as last year, including the terminology.