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Observations from Ravens OTAs

Let's preface this by saying it was only one day of watching an organized team activity practice, but here are a few observations:

* The Ravens admitted their guilt in having rookie players practice in full pads, and it is no big deal that they won't have three days of OTA practices next week. But owner Steve Bisciotti can't be happy with his team having to pay a $343,057 fine for a portion of an illegal practice that allegedly lasted only five minutes.


* Rookie left offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley has good foot speed and a strong initial punch, but the team's top draft pick out of Notre Dame is going to need a strong offseason in the weight room. Some of those veteran defensive ends were tossing him around pretty good Thursday afternoon.

One-time outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith toppled him like a big oak tree, and then helped him off the ground.


* When the Ravens used two-receiver sets, the two starters were Breshad Perriman and Kamar Aiken with Mike Wallace backing up Perriman. Of course, Aiken will be behind veteran Steve Smith when training camp starts.

As for Perriman, he looked good out on the field going in and out of cuts. Tight end Dennis Pitta also performed well and looked smooth even though you hold your breath every time he goes to the ground.

* I was surprised to see running back Justin Forsett out there practicing so hard, especially after suffering a season-ending broken right arm on Nov. 22. I thought the Ravens or Forsett would take it lightly, but he looked good and cut well especially after a long 40-yard run late in practice.

* Tight end Benjamin Watson might be 35 years old, but he looks in great shape. He has put a lot of time into keeping his body sculptured.

Another player who appears to have put a lot of time in the weight room during the offseason is second-year defensive tackle Carl Davis. He hit the rookie wall at the end of last season, but appears ready to go the distance in 2016.

* Ryan Jensen started at right guard in place of Pro Bowl performer Marshal Yanda, who opted out of this OTA.

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Alex Lewis, the rookie offensive lineman and fourth-round pick out of Nebraska, looks powerful. He has prescience about him, and could end up playing left guard at some point this season.

* Hope starting quarterback Joe Flacco returns in time for training camp. There were a lot of ragged throws in practice Thursday. Some back-shoulder attempts turned into back-knee throws.


It was ugly.

* It's interesting watching the Ravens play Kamalei Correa, the team's second-round pick out of Boise State, at both inside and outside linebacker. The Ravens need a replacement for Daryl Smith on the inside, but could use another pass rusher on the outside.

"Yes, the Sam and the Will are both outside backers in a sense," coach John Harbaugh said. "They are in the same room with [linebackers coach] Don Martindale. They all need to learn all the positions and I think 'K.C.' has inside linebacker traits. He played it in college quite a bit. They moved him around at Boise [State]. The more he can do the better, and we're definitely going to look at him, and you have Albert [McClellan] that can play the different spots. We'll look at different guys at different spots for sure."

* Defensive end Timmy Jernigan is now wearing No. 99, which was Chris Canty's old number. I certainly hope he produces more than Canty, who missed a lot of playing time the past two seasons.

By the way, I didn't see third-year receiver Michael Campanaro on the practice field. Oh, he had another injury, this time a calf strain.