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Observations from Ravens’ second day of padded practice: Defense has upper hand

The Ravens held their second day of padded practice Tuesday and quarterback Lamar Jackson stood out, showing tremendous touch on several deep passes.

Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown were a few receivers who beat defensive backs over the top on various occasions. Tuesday’s showing had to be a welcomed sight for coaches, even as the team is set to work out free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant soon.

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Despite the standout catches, the defense got the best of the offense in situational drills to end the practice.

“We [the offense] won the first day. The defense won today,” Jackson said after the approximately 105-minute practice.

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Proche, Duvernay look comfortable fielding punts

Duvernay and fellow rookie receiver James Proche were once again among the five players who were fielding punts during special teams drills, joining Brown, wide receiver Willie Snead IV and running back Kenjon Barner. Proche’s potential as the team’s punt returner has been well-documented, but Duvernay has looked just as comfortable, despite his lack of experience in college. On one rep, he calmly high-pointed Sam Koch’s punt and snagged it out of the air.

Barner wasn’t able to corral a punt on one of his reps but showed good decision-making in allowing a few punts to bounce inside the 20-yard line. On one occasion, the ball rolled into the end zone for what would have been a touchback. With no preseason games and the crowded backfield, returning punts will likely be Barner’s sole case for making the 53-man roster.

Scott on special teams

Third-year wideout Jaleel Scott worked as a gunner during special teams drills and got props from his coaches and teammates after fighting through a double team on a punt coverage drill.

Scott impressed as a speedy deep threat in the preseason last year and made the 53-man roster but was active for just three games and had only two special teams snaps. Scott will have to prove he’s not only improved as a receiver but is worth keeping for special teams purposes.

Hollywood beats Humphrey

Despite putting on 20 pounds in the offseason, the most remarkable aspect of Brown’s physical transformation might be how much speed he retained. During practice, he beat cornerback Marlon Humphrey on a double move in which he gave Humphrey, a former sprinter, a few shakes before separating downfield.

Duvernay shows speed

Duvernay might have had the best practice of all the receivers. He beat cornerback Anthony Averett on a double move and reeled in a pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III. In another drill, he sped right past cornerback Marcus Peters — who wasn’t thrilled he had to cover a go route, to put it mildly — for another catch. The third-round pick’s 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash was evident in one-on-one drills.

Catch of the day

During an 11-on-11 drill, Jackson rolled to his left and looked as if he was going to scramble. But he came to a stop and threw to Snead, who was working along the left sideline. Snead came back to the ball and hauled in Jackson’s pass, making sure to tap his toes before falling out of bounds.

Jackson and coaches have spoken about the offense’s desire to pressure defenses more downfield and outside the hashes, and that play was a perfect example of how the unit could evolve in 2020.

Quote of the day

“He like Muhammad Ali!” — a defensive lineman to Calais Campbell as Campbell swatted dummies during a drill.

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