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First training camp practice ‘a little tiring’ for Ravens rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey

Playing at Alabama under coach Nick Saban was probably no cakewalk, but even Ravens rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey was a little surprised by his first training camp practice, which lasted almost three hours Thursday at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills.

"A little tiring," the 16th overall draft pick said of his debut. "I don't know if we practiced three hours back in college, but it was fun. I like the competitiveness. I think that's a big part of this team — the competitive nature, game-like battles. That's going to happen in the game a lot, and sometimes it's going to be you versus the guy in front of you and you know the ball is coming. So it's just whoever wins. So first practice went pretty good."

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Humphrey, 21, who is behind starters Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr on the depth chart at the outside cornerback spots, had an opportunity to intercept a pass from quarterback Ryan Mallett intended for wide receiver Breshad Perriman, but the ball caromed off his hands. Afterward, he spent some time on the Jugs machine catching balls.

"For me, I want to make the most improvement with mainly the first two or three seconds at the line — getting my hands on guys, trying to stay in front of them, but also just learning the defense, becoming more comfortable to where I kind of know it like the back of my hand," he said. "Those are my two biggest things, and I'm just trying to keep building on that."

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Safety Eric Weddle said the most significant hurdle for a rookie like Humphrey is demonstrating a certain level of consistency.

"He has a huge transition to make because it's the NFL," Weddle said. "He's talented and a great kid. He works hard, wants to be good, and is in a great situation where he has two older guys [Smith and Carr] to learn from and really pick apart how to play and be a pro."

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