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Mike Preston: Difficult to see Maxx Williams winning starting job and other thoughts on Ravens

Regardless of rookie Maxx Williams being a second-round draft pick, it's hard to imagine him beating out Crockett Gillmore as the full-time starting tight end.

Williams isn't a strong enough blocker yet. To be honest, he needs some more butt in his pants and a year in the weight room. During a one-on-one period Saturday where tight ends had to block outside linebackers, Gillmore performed well. It is apparent that the 15 to 20 pounds of bulk he added in the offseason has helped.


Williams struggled and once got trucked by Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Finding a little toughness could help Williams, too.

Again, the rookie who held his own was Nick Boyle, a fifth-round pick out of Delaware. He stood his ground against Courtney Upshaw and didn't back down when Upshaw tried to intimidate him.


* If Kamar Aiken becomes just a bit more consistent, he might become the team's No. 2 receiver.

Aiken, in his third season, can look so good at times and then drop easy passes across the middle. Twice on Saturday he reached back and grabbed passes thrown behind him by backup quarterback Matt Schaub.

If he was just a tad more consistent, he could start opposite Steve Smith.

As for Schaub, he is looking more and more like a backup QB. The arm strength isn't what it used to be.

* Second-year defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan left Friday's practice early because he was dehydrated, but he practiced well Saturday.

He didn't stop hustling and was chasing runners across the field in pursuit. He has had a strong camp.

On the contrary, Suggs has spent so much time next to the water buckets I swear that he has become the team's water boy.

* We're three days into training camp and I haven't seen Smith get into one fight. Last year, it seemed like he was getting in a fight every day.


In fact, I haven't seen a fight period, just some very brief pushing. Can't believe backup center/guard Ryan Jensen hasn't fought yet either. But his level of play has improved from a year ago, so maybe he has decided to get the coaching staff's attention in other ways.

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* Rookie guard/tackle De'Ondre Wesley, a free agent from Brigham Young, has size and plays well against backups. It would be interesting to see what he does against the defensive starters.

But he does have potential.

* Sometimes running back Lorenzo Taliaferro looks like he just popped out of a toaster when he carries the ball. He needs to get more bend and body lean before someone really jacks him.

He runs too high at times.

* Strong safety Will Hill has had an impressive camp. He is challenging third-year player Matt Elam for the starting job, but Hill is much more physical.


* I've been watching this fourth-year defensive tackle named Christo Bilukidi in drills and he moves well. Not sure what he will do in games, but just another good-looking defensive lineman for the Ravens.

Defensive line coach Clarence Brooks always does a good job with this group. I like listening to him coach. He has a way with words.