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Despite some ‘head scratchers,’ Ravens inside linebacker Kamalei Correa enjoyed ‘a pretty good game’

Despite some ‘head scratchers,’ Ravens inside linebacker Kamalei Correa enjoyed ‘a pretty good game’
Ravens middle linebacker Kamalei Correa had a bad missed tackle against the Dolphins Thursday night that stood out. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

For the most part, the Ravens defensive coaches have been pleased with Kamalei Correa's progression as he fills the weak-side linebacker spot previously occupied by Zachary Orr, who was forced to retire because of a spinal condition.

The second-year player is still a work in progress as evidence by his missed tackle of Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi on a short catch, Ajayi turned into an 11-yard gain for a first down on the second play of the Ravens' eventual 31-7 win Thursday night.

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Harbaugh mentioned Correa's missed chance while discussing his development.

"There's still some reps that are head scratchers, like the drop down to Ajayi," Harbaugh said. "That's a tackle that he'd make 99 out of 100 times. Stay on your feet, keep your eyes up, wrap him up strong. K.C. is a big, strong guy. There's no back in this league that he can't take down.

"He's more mad at himself probably than anything on that one. That's the one that comes to mind. The other part of it was, we really want him to play downhill in the run game a lot better. I can only think of one other rep where he didn't do that and lost his run leverage. It was a pretty good game for him that way."

End zone: A day after Orr reaffirmed his decision to retire, Harbaugh said he would welcome the return of the inside linebacker in some role in the organization. "We'll probably try to talk him into coming here and being a part of what we do," he said. "I sure would like to have him on board – scouting or coaching, whatever he wants to do if he wants to do it. I think he's expressed an interest in doing that." … Harbaugh said rookie defensive tackle Patrick Ricard's experience in high school of playing fullback made it easier for the offense to use him in that role against the Dolphins. "We've tried guys in there before, and he kind of looked natural when he moved and maybe he could do it," Harbaugh said. "We put him in there in the spring and he looked like he was comfortable with it, and he moved, made decisions and could see things and sort things out the way you'd want to see a fullback do it. He did just fine with it." … The offense's choreographed celebration of quarterback Josh Woodrum's 1-yard touchdown run to open the fourth quarter against the Dolphins was planned by Matthews and teammates, according to Woodrum. "I got into the huddle and I was like, 'Who wants to spike it when I sneak this in?'" Woodrum recalled. "And Chris Matthews, one of our receivers, said, 'Naw, man. We're all going to get around you, and you spike it, and we'll all explode out.' So I was like, 'All right, let's do that.' I was trying to show some love, and Chris was like, 'Let's all do something.' So it was pretty awesome." … A pair of former Ravens in tight end Todd Heap and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson attended Saturday's practice.

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