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- Antwan Barnes, OLB
Barnes was a pass-rushing terror throughout camp. His speed and explosion off the line is excellent and his technique has improved under new Outside Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino. After three seasons with a combined five sacks, Barnes seems poised to break out in 2010.
Coach's Take: "Antwan has had a very, very good camp. What Antwan's M.O. has been in the past, is he's shown great talent and it just wasn't very consistent. And ever since OTAs – it carried right on to camp – he has stacked up practice after practice." – *Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison
* * Anquan Boldin, WR
It was easy to see why the Ravens traded for Boldin. He's got strong hands and a physical presence. Boldin immediately connected with Joe Flacco and glided into the Ravens' offense with ease. Those wondering if he'll bring a big play element can rest easy – he will.
Coach's Take: "So far in this camp he's brought us a lot of first downs, so we like that. … He's a hard worker, he's a positive guy, he's really pushing the envelope with our guys as far as teaching them the game along with our coaches. I think that's been a big help." – *Head Coach John Harbaugh
* * Billy Cundiff/Shayne Graham, K
It's difficult to separate Billy Cundiff and Shayne Graham. Each kicked well throughout camp, giving the Ravens the feeling that they won't go wrong with either one of them. Both showed off a good leg – hitting from over 50 yards on a near daily basis – and consistency throughout camp.
Coach's Take: "We have two NFL kickers in camp. … I would expect [the decision to last until the end of the preseason] because I think both kickers are really good. And with that in mind, you want to give them every opportunity and not rush to judgment." – *Special Teams Coach Jerry Rosburg
* * Ed Dickson, TE
The rookie tight end impressed with his combination of speed and strength. Running with the first and second team, the third-round pick was consistently a solid deep threat, including over the middle. He showed toughness in his first preseason game after taking a helmet-jarring hit.
Coach's Take: "I thought Ed has looked good. I'd like to see his helmet stay on a little bit more – tying your chinstrap would be good. But, he did a lot of good things. There's a lot of things he needs to work on – both offensively and special teams – but it was a good start for Ed." – *Harbaugh
* * Joe Flacco, QB
Flacco's progress has been and likely will be the most-scrutinized aspect of camp. With his bolstered arsenal, the third-year quarterback consistently delivered. Flacco threw the deep ball particularly well and showed improved mobility inside the pocket. He displayed more poise as well.
Coach's Take: "He's made some tight throws to some big receivers, and they've come up with some good catches. So, there's a certain confidence that starts to get built there, which seems to be coming along." – Harbaugh * Ramon Harewood, T
The 6-foot-6, 340-pound rookie was labeled a "developmental player" after he was drafted in the sixth round. Despite suffering a knee injury during OTAs, the Div. II Morehouse product impressed with his athleticism and has put himself in a position to battle for a starting gig considering the injuries at right tackle.
Coach's Take: "The thing I see – he's really, really tough. He really comes out and works every day. He works through all the little nicks and stuff that he's had. This is probably the toughest thing he's ever gone through football-wise, obviously, in his career. But, he absorbs a lot of information. He's come a long way, but there's a lot of information to absorb. He's done very well." – *Harbaugh
* * Jameel McClain, ILB
McClain may have been the biggest surprise of camp. Seemingly trailing two players during OTAs, McClain has been the primary starting linebacker next to Ray Lewis. His pass rushing skills make him stand out from Dannell Ellerbe and Tavares Gooden. The three will continue to rotate.
Coach's Take: "He's consistent, he's physical between the tackles, he's solid in pass coverage. The competition at linebacker has been so good. All those guys are getting better." – *Harbaugh
* * Donte' Stallworth, WR
Stallworth immediately showed his blazing speed and fantastic hands. As camp went on he displayed his increased knowledge of the offense. Stallworth made two of camp's best catches by tipping balls over cornerback's heads back to himself on the other side. He's got "playmaker" written all over him.
Coach's Take: "Donte' has looked good. Donte has been explosive. He catches the ball well. … He's worked really hard. I mean, this guy's been here every day, working every drill." – Harbaugh * Terrell Suggs, OLB
The Ravens' most feared pass-rusher kept the Ravens on the edge of their seat wondering if he would report in shape. He answered with a resounding "yes." The slimmed-down Suggs was lightning-fast and strong coming off the edge. His stayed healthy throughout camp and was a vocal leader.
Coach's Take: "He's going to be quicker and more explosive, especially on the pass-rush stuff. We've seen that out here. I don't think he'll hurt his run-stopping ability at all." – *Harbaugh
* * Tom Zbikowski, S
Zbikowski decided he wasn't going to lift heavy weights this offseason and instead went about improving his quickness. It visibly paid off. Zbikowski was flying around the field, which has helped turn him turn into a better playmaker. Zibby also looked good as a punt returner.
Coach's Take: "Zibby is playing very fast. He's really covering ground. He looks really quick." – Harbaugh