Despite a White House visit and a Super Bowl Ring ceremony, the Baltimore Ravens still had their final week of OTA's this week. There were some nice things to see during the final week and some competitions are heating up.
- Second round pick Arthur Brown returned to the practice field this week just four weeks after having sports hernia surgery. The fact that Brown was taking part in both individual and team drills is a great sign that there have been no set backs in his recovery.
- Bernard Pierce is working on becoming a true duel threat running back by working on his hands this offseason and he got to show off his progress with a nice catch down the sidelines from Joe Flacco with Elvis Dumervil in coverage.
- Tandon Doss, who many people believe has a real shot at being the Ravens number three wide receiver this season, showed off some of his ability this week by catching several passes from Flacco, including a touchdown where he leapt over Corey Graham to make the catch.
- With the possibility of TE Dennis Pitta becoming a sort of hybrid third wide receiver for Baltimore, TE Ed Dickson seems to be getting more involved in the passing game. Dickson was seen running short out patterns as well as deep over the middle routes as well during OTA's.
- Perhaps the most encouraging thing about the voluntary Ravens OTA's has been the strong attendance record of the Baltimore veterans. This team just climbed to the top of the football mountain and nearly every veteran was in Owings Mills to get to work.
- Terrell Suggs, Marshal Yanda and Chris Canty were not at OTA's, but are expected to be there next week at the Ravens mandatory mini-camp.
There are two noticeable position battles for the Ravens and you could tell that the players know it. The wide receiver position is wide open, no pun intended, with several candidates up for the spot from Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter, Aaron Mellette, and David Reed among others. Inside linebacker is another position that is turning into a battle now with the signing of Daryl Smith earlier this week. Brown, Smith, Jameel McClain, Albert McClellan and Josh Bynes are all felt to have a legitimate chance at winning a starting spot.
With mandatory mini-camp next week, these position battles should really heat up. If you are a Ravens fan, you have to like the fact that there will be competition at these spots as competition will either bring the best or worst out of you and that will help John Harbaugh and company find the best players for the spots.
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