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News and notes from the Ravens' first minicamp practice

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, right, and Shareece Wright walk off the field after the Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-27 in an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Cleveland.

Eight months ago, Shareece Wright came to the Ravens as a temporary solution. He signed with the team before Week 6 to fill the void left by Will Davis, who had torn his ACL in the previous game.

After starting seven out of his first 11 games with the team, Wright stepped onto the field Tuesday for mandatory minicamp as the Ravens' best healthy cornerback. Jimmy Smith remains sidelined by an Achilles injury, and Davis continues his rehab from the ACL.


Wright resigned with the team in March, so he now has a more permanent home after spending months in flux last year.

It's a more comfortable situation than last year, when he signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers but didn't dress in any of the first three games and then requested his release before he came to Baltimore.


He signed a three-year, $16 million extension with the Ravens this offeason. And while the team brought in several new players at positions of need — such as Eric Weddle at safety and Mike Wallace at wide receiver — they didn't add a significant free agent at cornerback, perhaps signaling they're content with Smith, Wright and Davis at the top. Knowing that, Wright now feels more comfortable in his role.

Wright has spent the most time with the first-team defense in Smith and Davis' absence, usually opposite second-year cornerback Sheldon Price. First-year secondary coach Leslie Frazier is optimistic about what he's seen from Wright, albeit in limited time.

"He has the ability to come out and have a great season because of his top-end speed along with his awareness," Frazier said. "But he's a very competitive guy, very conscientious. He wants to be good, and those are good attributes when you have talent."

Wright may not be a stopgap like he was last October for Davis, but he knows Smith is the team's No. 1 corner when healthy. "We know what we're going to get from him," Wright said.

For now, the Ravens appear to know what they're going to get from Wright as well.

Dumervil out Tuesday, expected to return for training camp: As with many of the veterans who were not in attendance Tuesday, Elvis Dumervil is not expected back on the field until training camp, Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said the 32-year-old outside linebacker underwent "preventative procedure" that will keep out of practice this week.

Details of Dumervil's procedure were not revealed, but Harbaugh said that the player who set a franchise record for sacks in 2014 will be at the team facility Wednesday.


"He can tell you the details [of the surgery]," Harbaugh said.

Yanda adjusting to new surrounding players: Marshal Yanda was a rarity among Ravens at the first session of the team's three-day minicamp Tuesday: an accomplished veteran healthy enough to show up for work in Owings Mills.

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Going into his 10th season in Baltimore, the five-time Pro Bowl offensive guard said he was trying "to get better, knock the rust off, keep playing at a high level."

Yanda admits he's still adjusting to not having Joe Flacco behind him, though he is confident the team's longtime quarterback will be back for training camp at the end of July.

"You get so used to having Joe around…obviously that's part of football, injuries happen, we know that he's going to be back out there come training camp, we understand that, we just have keep working hard and improve on what we can improve on," Yanda said.

Yanda believes the Ravens have enough depth and talent on the offensive line to withstand the loss of Kelechi Osemele, who signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders in the offseason.


"Ozzie [Newsome] did a good job bringing in some good guys and they usually do that, and they're going to fill those holes, and I feel we have the right guys to do it," Yanda said.

"Everybody is going to work hard toward that goal, and we'll find the right guy, whether it's John [Urschel] or whether it's a young kid at training camp."

End zone: Twelfth-year veteran offensive tackle Todd Herremans attended the Ravens' first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday on a tryout. Herremans played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2005 to 2014, the first six years under current Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo, who led the Eagles' offensive line during that time. Herremans, 33, has 126 career starts. … Rookie defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, a third-round pick out of Brigham Young, missed Tuesday's practice with a lingering back injury he suffered in rookie minicamp. He did sign earlier in the day, becoming the 11th and final drafted rookie to agree to a deal.