The Ravens are hoping to finish their training camp with a better health score as they did in the previous season. they avoided any setbacks during Saturday’s training in M&T Bank Stadium.
Devin Duvernay avoided what could be a much more severe accident when he struck Chuck Clark while trying to take a pass that was deep by Lamar Jackson. Duvernay had a difficult time getting on his feet, and was later examined by medical personnel at the sidelines. The head coach John Harbaugh said Duvernay suffered an injury to his thigh, however Duvernay remained in the training and was able to resume the game if needed.
“He injured his thigh,” therefore it’s great news that it’s not a problem that needs to be addressed,” Harbaugh said. “He might have returned back and I’ve just told him ‘No. Not tonight..'”
There weren’t any new injuries in Saturday’s workout. The players who were not able to participate in the practice included Tyus Bowser Ben Cleveland, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Charlie Kolar, David Ojabo, Marcus Peters, Ronnie Stanley and Ar’Darius Washington.
Jet Sweeps Might Become a More Important Aspect of Offense
Duvernay was an Pro Bowl returner last season His running skills will be used more often in 2022. Harbaugh stated that the Ravens could include more jet sweeps in their game plan, and with Duvernay as well as others taking handoffs when they are into motion before the snap.
“It’s something he’s accomplished throughout all his life and during college as well,” Harbaugh said. “He’s likely to play an integral part of it. I’m not sure whether he’ll play playing back as the running back in the traditional sense and I’m thinking it’ll become more of an jet-sweep, moving guy. However, that’s a part of our offensive. The running backs play those plays , and the player will surely be doing it.”
Cleveland Infringes Fourth Straight Practice
Ben Cleveland missed his fourth consecutive practice, and has not yet completed the test for conditioning as per Harbaugh. Second-year guard Ben Cleveland is competing with Ben Powers, Tyre Phillips and Patrick Mekari for the starting left guard job, however, not practicing makes it harder for Cleveland to prove his point. Harbaugh has said that Cleveland is not allowed to practice until he has passed the fitness test.
“He’s had a difficult time in that area,” Harbaugh said. “We’re never going to send players on the field until they’re able to do it and we feel it’s crucial. I’m confident that he’ll be able to do it. He’ll accomplish it. He’s going to have to do it and do it.”
The Ravens will be off on Sunday, and they will be back on playing field to begin their first padding workout on Monday.
“The pads will start on Monday and are going be fascinating to observe,” Harbaugh said. “The most important thing to watch for is how these guys manage the mental aspect of the process. Then you’re left with something to contemplate and the physical aspect of it. And not allow it to become too overwhelming to handle.”
Michael Pierce Feels Good With His First Step to Camp
In spite of missing the entire the mandatory minicamp due to personal reasons, defensive lineman Michael Pierce has practiced every day during training camp. He proved he worked during his absence in passing the fitness test. Pierce is anticipated to become an integral part of the defensive line’s line-up and was keen to create an impression that is positive. The first four NFL seasons as a member of Baltimore’s Ravens (2016-19) before he went back to Baltimore when he signed a free-agent contract.
“I’m simply happy that I’m back,” Pierce said. “I’ve had a good amount of workouts and feel quite great. It’s an honor to return. back and see a variety of familiar faces and brand new faces. It’s been a while since I got my rhythm back. I didn’t make it to OTA’s because of certain personal matters, but I’ve been doing pretty well at the camp. I’ll have time until Sept. 11. (Week 1.).
Pierce refused to provide details about the reason he didn’t attend the mandatory minicamp.
“I prefer to keep the family company from the press,” Pierce said. “It’s simply something that requires my urgent focus. I needed to wrap myself around my loved ones. The family was able to handle everything and I’m thrilled that I’m back playing football.”