News And Notes 7/29: Rookie Fourth-Rounders Impress


The young guys stole the show in the second practice of training camp.

Fourth-round wide receiver Chris Moore and cornerback Tavon Young both came up with some impressive plays Friday morning, showing they're not intimidated by the jump from college to the NFL.

Young pulled down a pair of interceptions during 11-on-11 drills, including one on a deep ball where he was running away from the line of scrimmage. After the turnover, Young turned upfield and weaved through the entire offense on his way to the end zone. Young likely would have been brought down if the Ravens were actually tackling, but he had no interest in slowing down as he passed by his teammates.

With Moore, he flashed the speed that was much discussed after the draft. Moore was a big-play threat during his college career at Cincinnati, and he hauled in a touchdown pass of about 60 yards from quarterback Joe Flacco during full-team drills.

Young ran by cornerback Jimmy Smith for the score, but Head Coach John Harbaugh said that there was a breakdown in the secondary that led to the touchdown.

"Chris made some plays today," Harbaugh said. "We had a little snafu in the secondary there. I was really happy that the offense took advantage of it and I was really ticked off that the defense let it happen. Such is the nature of training camp."

Here are other news and notes from the day:

  • Wide receivers Mike Wallace and Dobson Collins both passed their conditioning test and were cleared to practice. Cornerback Jerraud Powers is the only player who still has to pass the test before getting on the field.

-  Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon didn't practice after tweaking his knee Thursday. Last year's starting tight end Crockett Gillmore left practice early and will reportedly undergo an MRI on an injured hamstring.

  • Veteran left tackle Jake Long still remains unsigned. He visited with Dr. James Andrews Thursday to get a closer look at his knee that has suffered two torn ACLs, but there has been no official decision on his status.
  • Running back Buck Allen got into a scuffle with undrafted linebacker Patrick Onwuasor during a pass blocking drill late in practice. Onwuasor ran over Allen in the drill and then they locked up with each other as they got to their feet. Allen grabbed Onwuasor's helmet and they got into a shoving match before several players and coaches intervened.

-  Wide receiver Michael Campanaro had a strong day. He was a popular target, including when he moved the chains during a third-down situation. He also showed off a smooth adjustment to make a catch on a long pass down the sidelines. The third-year receiver needs to have a strong training camp, and he's off to a good early start.

-  Running back Terrance West has played well during the first two days of camp. He's making the most of his reps with the running backs group short-handed, and he has clearly slimmed down this offseason. 

-  The Ravens are getting a good look at several options at kick returner. They had Campanaro, Moore, Young, Keenan Reynolds, Kaelin Clay and even Wallace taking reps at returner. It was a little surprising to see the veteran receiver working at kick returner, but he certainly has the speed if the Ravens want to use him there.

-  Quarterback Joe Flacco looked sharp in his second day back on the field. He threaded the needle on a couple of tough passes to tight end Dennis Pitta and also displayed a nice touch on the deep ball. The chemistry between Flacco and Pitta is evident, and that's helping the veteran tight end. Pitta has been the team's most impressive tight end on the first two days of practice, and said Friday that his goal is to come out of camp as the starter.

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