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Preston: Observations from first day of Ravens training camp

With Joe Flacco out for at least a week with a back injury, the Ravens have only two quarterbacks working camp, but they need to get another arm in soon just to take some snaps.

Matt Weiss, an offensive assistant coach, filled in as the third quarterback and he mishandled a lot of snaps during a recognition period with the defense.


The fumble-itis irritated Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

"Hey Matt Weiss, what are we doing?" screamed Suggs. "Can we get some work, please?"


I love Sizzle during training camp. You never know when he is going to say or do something outrageous.

» I kept an eye on rookie guard Nico Siragusa, the Ravens' fourth-round draft pick out of San Diego State. He has potential, but needs a lot of work.

His feet are slow and he doesn't have much kick in his punch. But by later in the afternoon, he was making progress.

» I don't know what happened with cornerback Jimmy Smith, but he seemed to strain some type of leg muscle in the last quarter of practice.

I wasn't surprised. Smith, though, did return to practice. I'd like to see him make it through one entire training camp practice before the regular season starts.

» The slim-down awards go to Suggs, outside linebacker Matthew Judon and defensive end Bronson Kaufusi. All have lost weight from a year ago and it's apparent all spent time in the weight room during the offseason.

Judon could become an impact player as a pass rusher this season, especially since he shed some pounds.

» Former Towson University player Terrance West took the first-team reps at running back and he looked fit as opposed to several weeks ago when he appeared heavy.


Third-year player Buck Allen was No. 2 and veteran Danny Woodhead ran with the third team. I don't know if veteran Bobby Rainey will make the team, but he still makes tacklers miss when catching passes out of the backfield.

» If top draft pick Marlon Humphrey, the cornerback out of Alabama, thought he was going to get a chance to settle in without a coach chewing on him the first day, he was wrong.

When he dropped an interception early in the practice, defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt was in his face and then his earhole.

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"We're going to need that, you hear me?" Hewitt said.

Humphrey later went over to the JUGS machine, where he snagged several passes. The kid has want and desire.

» Third-year receiver Chris Matthews had a nice catch over cornerback Sheldon Price down the left sideline on a back shoulder fade. Price had good position, but Matthews just made a good play.


He is one receiver to keep an eye on this season. Two rookies to watch during the preseason are receiver Tim White, out of Arizona State, and defensive end Patrick Ricard, out of Maine.

Both are undrafted free agents. Ricard can ball and White can fly.