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Ravens news, notes and opinions from last week's minicamp

The best news to come out of minicamp for the Ravens was that while several players got banged up a bit, including rookie tight end Maxx Williams, the team exited the week with no significant injuries.

If key rehabbing players like Jeremy Zuttah, Rick Wagner, C.J. Mosley and Jimmy Smith continue to make progress, the Ravens should enter training camp in a pretty good situation.

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While kicker Justin Tucker uncharacteristically missed a couple of field goal attempts inside 50 yards during the week, punter Sam Koch nailed his field goal try from 50.

A punter who can also make long field goals is a pretty good luxury to have in case your place kicker suffers an in-game injury. Koch can punt, kick and hold, and is one of the most professional and prepared guys that the Ravens have in the locker room.

As for Tucker, he probably missed more field goal attempts last week than I've seen him miss in entire training camps. I'm not suggesting that he's a concern, but it's certainly worth noting, considering Tucker rarely misses mid-range field goals in practice or games.

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Count me among those who aren't making too big a deal about rush linebacker Terrell Suggs showing up in less-than-peak condition.

I guess it's never a great thing that one of the biggest storylines of minicamp was the team leader's weight. However, Suggs has six weeks to get in better shape, and he'll certainly lose plenty of pounds under the hot sun in training camp.

What I thought was telling, however, was Suggs' acknowledgment that he's still trying to "cope" with the trade of Haloti Ngata. Between his best friend no longer being on the team, him being noncommittal about playing beyond next year and him saying that he was determined to pace himself this offseason, Suggs will certainly be worth monitoring in training camp.

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It's always interesting to watch veteran wide receiver Steve Smith because he still practices likes he's an unproven player and takes it personally if the offense isn't performing at a high level.

He's also not afraid to let his teammates – whether it's a cornerback who is struggling to guard him or a pass catcher who is struggling – know about it.

In Tuesday's practice, Smith let Nick Boyle have it after the rookie tight end allowed the ball to be pulled out of his hands and then slowly walked off the field. Smith didn't get on Boyle about fumbling, but he chastised him for his actions and demeanor after the turnover.

Then, a couple of plays later, undrafted rookie DeAndre Carter was shaking his head after he was overthrown on a deep route. Smith told him to stop walking and run off the field.

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