At 6 feet 6, 238 pounds with the athleticism to run the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and record a 37-inch vertical leap, Darren Waller -- who played safety in high school -- is an intriguing developmental project. He's the tallest and heaviest wide receiver on the Ravens' roster.
The Ravens' inability to draft and develop an elite wide receiver is one of the few blemishes on general manager Ozzie Newsome's resume. But last year's NFL rookie class is changing the perception of drafting a receiver.
Sunday's release of Tommy Streeter, Rashaad Carter and Gerrard Sheppard (Towson, McDonogh) leaves the Ravens with seven healthy wide receivers on their roster. It also narrows down what might be the most intriguing roster competition left before the regular season begins.
Saturday¿s outdoor practice started at 2:45 p.m. and ended at 5:20. The sun was out for most of the workout with temperatures hovering in the high 70¿s. Players were in full pads after having Friday off from practice following Thursday¿s 27-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Ravens defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Thursday night's preseason opener. While many of the starters only played a quarter, they were in there long enough to make a few observations about when and how certain players were being used and what formations the Ravens were lining them up in.
Sunday's open practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis started at 4:50 p.m. and ended at 7:45 p.m. Weather was sunny with temperatures in the high 70s. Players were in full pads for the seventh straight practice.
As the Ravens start training camp this week, few players are as eager as Streeter to prove themselves. The 2012 sixth-round draft pick from the University of Miami is completely healthy now after diligently rehabilitating his lower body in the training room and weight room for an injury that didn't require surgery.
As diminutive Ravens running back Bobby Rainey and punter Sam Koch belted several home runs at Ripken Stadium, cornerback Lardarius Webb came away even more impressed by what surrounded his teammates Sunday in Aberdeen.
"You don't replace Anquan" Boldin. Those are the words of Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss, the man who is expected to be one of the leading combatants in the offseason royal rumble to replace the veteran receiver who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
Ray Rice was one of three Ravens players who took a break from the offseason workout program Tuesday to chat with reporters. He was wearing black pajama pants, so maybe a nap was next up on his agenda. Before he took off, he was asked about Torrey Smith, who is expected to be the team's top receiver in 2013.
The most debated move the Baltimore Ravens made this offseason was the trade of wide receiver Anquan Boldin. How will they replace his production? Ravens coach John Harbaugh shed light on that Tuesday.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is getting the credit that he deserves for leading the Ravens throughout the playoffs and then to a victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. It will be interesting if Ravens coach John Harbaugh gets his.