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Minicamp Highlights: Secondary Has Impressive Day


The Ravens held their final practice of the three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday afternoon, which officially concluded the eight-week offseason program.

There were some big plays throughout practice, and one of the overall themes was the impressive day for the secondary. Safety Darian Stewart made some nice plays on the ball, and cornerback Asa Jackson also came up with an impressive interception.

"The whole secondary is looking good," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "The secondary back there today was a good indication of where we're at with it."

Jackson's interception was one of the nicest plays of the afternoon, as he made a leaping grab over the middle of the field to pick off quarterback Tyrod Taylor during seven-on-seven drills. Stewart's interception also came during the seven-on-seven portion, as he had a perfectly timed break on the route to intercept a pass from Joe Flacco intended for Owen Daniels.

The offense also bested the defense at times during practice, and here are some of the other highlights:

-   Wide receiver Torrey Smith hauled in the most impressive touchdown catch of the afternoon when he caught a perfectly placed pass from Flacco in the back corner of the end zone. Smith beat cornerback Chykie Brown with a double move, then hauled in the catch with one hand and still kept his feet in bounds.

-  There was another minor scuffle during practice, as safety Matt Elam got into it with rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore. The pushing and shoving only lasted a few minutes before the two players were separated, and they continued throughout practice without any other incidents. This was the second skirmish for Gillmore in as many days, as he had a heated exchange with defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan Wednesday.

-  Rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley worked with the first-team defense for much of practice. Second-year linebacker Arthur Brown has been working with the starters throughout the offseason, but the Ravens gave Mosley a shot to play next to veteran middle linebacker Daryl Smith. Mosley had a solid practice, and he showed off his blitzing ability on several plays where he broke through the line of scrimmage.

-  The veteran cornerbacks trying out during minicamp were in tight competition. Dominique Franks had a nice pass breakup, and one play later Aaron Ross intercepted rookie quarterback Keith Wenning.

-  Haloti Ngata is fast for a man as big as he is. He perfectly timed the snap count on one play, then shot between Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda and center Jeremy Zuttah to get to Flacco in the backfield.

-  Kicker Justin Tucker had a nice day of practice. He drilled field goals from 64, 57 and 49 yards during practice. He's aiming for a perfect season after making the Pro Bowl last year, and he seems to be on his game.

-  The only injury of the day was to undrafted rookie wide receiver Jace Davis, who left practice after tweaking his ankle. Defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore did not practice after straining his hamstring in Wednesday's practice trying to chase down Taylor in the backfield.

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