Ed Dickson was targeted heavily during OTAs and minicamp.
With Anquan Boldin gone and no real No. 2 wideout on the roster, the Ravens are expected to expand the roles of their tight ends in the passing game. Dickson will be the in-line tight end, running shorter routes near the line of scrimmage. Dennis Pitta will be playing the F spot, using his superior athleticism and ball skills to get up the field. Although the Carroll County Times says Dickson was one of the most impressive Ravens during the offseason, we still prefer Pitta by a wide margin for fantasy purposes.
The Carroll County Times calls Tandon Doss one of the standouts of the Ravens' offseason.
Doss has been a bust through his two NFL seasons, struggling in limited playing time and catching just seven balls. But with a massive hole opposite Torrey Smith staring the Ravens in the face, no one can be counted out. Doss will battle burner Jacoby Jones, 2012 sixth-rounder Tommy Streeter and others for reps in training camp. No matter who wins out, we expect tight end Dennis Pitta to be Joe Flacco's No. 2 target.
The Ravens are satisfied with LT Bryant McKinnie's conditioning.
"He moved really well in (minicamp), as well as he moved at the end of the year last year when he started practicing so well and playing so well," coach John Harbaugh said. "He seems to be very committed. Love the way he's playing and his effort." Going on 34, it appears McKinnie has finally gotten serious about keeping his weight down. As long as it stays that way, he'll protect Joe Flacco's blindside this season.
The Ravens have seen "a lot of growth" from CB Jimmy Smith.
"He seems like a different guy right now," said secondary coach Teryl Austin. Smith took up an intense boxing regimen this offseason, losing ten pounds in the process. With Lardarius Webb working his way back from a torn ACL, both Smith and Corey Graham are lining up with the starters. While who gets the job is still up in the air, both Smith and Graham figure to have pivotal roles in the Ravens' revamped defense.
According to Ravens beat reporter Aaron Wilson, DE Chris Canty "had a dominant minicamp."
Wilson noted that Canty looked explosive and slimmed down, and the former Cowboys fourth-round draft pick from Virginia consistently disrupted passing lanes and shoved offensive linemen into the backfield. The Ravens envision a versatile role for Canty with him lining up everywhere from defensive tackle to defensive end, but he isn't expected to play nose tackle.
Ravens first-round SS Matt Elam is "picking up the defense fast."
Elam has impressed at mandatory minicamp and is fully expected to start as a rookie. "He's tough, he's fast, he gets football," secondary coach Teryl Austin said. "I think he is going to be a fine player for us soon."
Ravens DE Chris Canty said Friday that his surgically-repaired knee is finally healthy.
Canty looked "explosive" at minicamp and his knee injury no longer appears to be a concern. A defensive tackle with the Giants last season, Canty missed the first six games of 2012 and was diagnosed with a sprained MCL in December. He's playing five-technique tackle in Baltimore. It's Canty's natural position.