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Players And Storylines to Watch at Ravens Minicamp

OLB Kyle Van Noy
OLB Kyle Van Noy

The Ravens will kick off their three-day minicamp this week at the Under Armour Performance Center, giving the most realistic glimpse of the 2024 squad to date.

Here are the players and storylines to watch at camp:

Veterans, and some injury returners, expected to report for duty.

Organized Team Activities are voluntary. Minicamp is mandatory. Thus, it's expected that the full roster will be in attendance this week.

The Ravens have had nearly everybody at some point during OTAs, but it will be the debut for outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was re-signed to a two-year deal this offseason.

Baltimore's defense won't look the same as last year's with new coordinator Zach Orr and without a couple of its top players, but the return of Van Noy will help give a fuller picture of the talent that remains.

Head Coach John Harbaugh also said he expects veteran cornerback Marlon Humphrey to practice this week, possibly as a full participant. Nose tackle Michael Pierce could put on his jersey for the first time this offseason, and rookie third-round outside linebacker Adisa Isaac may practice for the first time with veterans after suffering a hamstring injury during rookie minicamp.

Seeing the full roster, or at least close to it, will offer a picture of how strong the 2024 Ravens should be again.

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Offensive evolution takes its next step.

After being in and out of OTAs, Lamar Jackson is expected to be a full participant during minicamp. That allows the offense to continue its evolution in Year 2 with Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken.

Jackson, who will speak with the media on Wednesday, is the straw that stirs the drink. He and the Ravens' coaches know how they want this offense to change in 2024, and minicamp will be an important time in figuring out what both sides like and don't like.

Newcomer Derrick Henry is still being weaved into the mix, as the Ravens experiment with the best ways to use their game-changing running back.

The Ravens' use of two tight-end formations with Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely is also a storyline to watch as Baltimore figures out how to feature the two big-time playmakers.

Offensive line competition ramps up.

Starting jobs aren't won in May and June, but one position group that remains in the spotlight is the offensive line.

Veterans Josh Jones and Ben Cleveland have gotten off to strong starts in the guard competitions, but they're far from locked up. Daniel Faalele and rookie Roger Rosengarten are competing for the right tackle spot.

It's still not full speed padded practices, but there's no doubt that the intensity ramps up a bit during minicamp. Plus, the return of Van Noy will put additional stress on the offensive linemen.

This is a time when offensive linemen can make a statement and build momentum before training camp starts. That's particularly important for young players with less experience, such as guards Andrew Vorhees and Sala Aumavae-Laulu, and Rosengarten.

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Several other competitions will come into focus.

The offensive line competition is the most intriguing because there are three open positions up for grabs, but it's far from the Ravens' only competition to watch at minicamp.

The other top competitions are for the third safety role, backup cornerbacks, the final couple wide receiver spots, and special teams returner.

Players to watch at those spots include safeties Ar'Darius Washington and Sanoussi Kane, rookie Nate Wiggins and fellow cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis, and wide receivers Deonte Harty, Tylan Wallace, and Malik Cunningham.

Again, these jobs won't be won or lost this week, but players can put themselves in strong position.

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