"A couple days into it, even though we technically should be more tired, more fatigued, just because we’ve been practicing, I think we’ll start to feel better," Joe Flacco said about training camp. (Kevin Richardson)
Setting the scene: The Ravens began their second day of practice early Friday, taking the field around 9:45 a.m. on a clear, sunny morning in Owings Mills. The veterans finished around 12:15 p.m., with the rookies and reserves heading inside around 12:45 p.m. Steve Smith Sr. shines again
The highlight of the first half of practice was a deep ball that Steve Smith beat cornerback Asa Jackson on for a touchdown. It was right in front of a packed set of bleachers, and quarterback Joe Flacco put the ball right where Smith needed it. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs implored someone to cover that old man just before, but his advice was not heeded.
Asa Jackson struggles
The hard-luck catches that seemed to befall cornerback Chykie Brown last training camp may have been transferred to Jackson, who saw DeAndre Carter, Tom Nelson and Aldrick Robinson all make catches on him in one-on-one drills despite good coverage. Jackson is entering his fourth season with the Ravens, and expects a lot out of himself. Those catches likely stung.
After tough first days for young wide receivers Jeremy Butler and Carter, both looked more sure-handed and crisp the second day of camp. They're locked in competition with Michael Campanaro, Aldrick Robinson and Darren Waller for a spot on the back-end of the roster, and days like Friday are better for their cause than the struggles of Thursday's first practice.
Lawrence Guy, more than a guy
For all the talk of players like Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan filling Haloti Ngata's shoes, defensive end Lawrence Guy doesn't get much love. But Guy was filling holes and stuffed running back Justin Forsett during an 11-on-11 drill Friday, and the offense didn't want it to happen twice in a row — the next play, Guy was double-teamed.
Urban disruptive with reserves
Defensive end Brent Urban, along with defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and wide receiver Michael Campanaro, did a significant amount of work with the reserves in order to get reps, and Urban proved too good for that level at times. He was constantly in the backfield against an offensive line made up of undrafted rookies and practice squad players, indicating he might be ready for more quickly.
Depth chart watch
With outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil missing and Terrell Suggs being eased back into his role, rookie Za'Darius Smith took some first-team snaps alongside Courtney Upshaw on Friday. Smith looked versatile in both pass rush and coverage, and depending on how he responds in the full-contact practices this weekend, could elevate the coaching staff's opinion of himself quickly. Big moment for Arthur Brown
Third-year inside linebacker Arthur Brown intercepted a Matt Schaub pass in the flat during a full-team drill and returned it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown, setting off raucous celebrations from his teammates. Brown, who was active for just four games before he went on injured reserve for the playoffs, is battling for a spot on the roster behind starters C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith.
Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman missed practice with a knee injury suffered Thursday. Coach John Harbaugh said it was a bruise, and Perriman wouldn't miss much time. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil missed practice with unspecified tendinitis, Harbaugh said, and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan left practice due to dehydration and got an IV inside.
"Make the play! Make the play!" cornerback Lardarius Webb said to Jackson. Jackson undercut a route during a one-on-one drill and batted it in the air near the sideline, but it was catchable. The Ravens' cornerbacks have made it a point to intercept more passes in camp, hoping it translates to games.