During a recent one-on-one blocking drill, Ravens rookie inside linebacker Bam Bradley pushed rookie running back Taquan Mizzell to the outside and got to quarterback Josh Woodrum fairly easily.
That led running backs coach Thomas Hammock to criticize Mizzell for allowing Bradley to beat him inside.
On the very next rep, Bradley did it again to rookie fullback Ricky Ortiz, drawing Hammock’s wrath again.
That practice on Sunday coupled with Bradley’s three-tackle performance (two on special teams) in Thursday night’s 23-3 win over the Washington Redskins have served as a foundation for the undrafted free agent out of the University of Pittsburgh to build on.
“I think it’s going pretty well,” Bradley said of his progress in training camp. “I feel like mentally, I’m pretty strong – as strong as I’ve ever been in a football camp in my life. I’m pretty much just trying to stack day on day. Every day, I try to work on something different.
“So I feel like I’m getting better every day, and at the end of the day, that’s what I’m striving for even if I’m not at the level of some of these Pro Bowl guys like [middle linebacker] C.J. [Mosley] and guys that have done it for so long. I’m just trying to get better every day because eventually that’s where I want to be.”
The 5-foot-11, 237-pound Bradley was a standout in his senior year, finishing with 29 tackles, 5½ for a loss, and one sack. But on this defense, he is behind starter Kamalei Correa and backup Patrick Onwuasor at the weak-side linebacker spot.
Still, Bradley said he is not stressing about his position on the depth chart.
“I don’t feel like it’s any pressure,” he said. “I just feel like I can go out there and do what I do to let my skill set show every day versus worrying about what the next man is doing.
“I just try to let my assets shine, and hopefully the guys in the front office and the coaches will see that I’m a guy they would need on their team.”