Recapping the Ravens

Here are some recent notes to discuss involving the Baltimore Ravens over the past week.

Here's a look at what's happened with the Ravens over the past week:

Michael Campanaro injures quadricep, out until training camp

This one hurts Campanaro in the short term because he won't get the reps. But if he can be healthy by training camp rolls around, he'll still have a chance to make work in the mix and contribute. There isn't a receiver like him on the roster — he's shiftier than the others, he's got great hands and is willing to work the middle of the field. However, injuries have been an issue going back to his days in college at Wake Forest. While it's frustrating Campanaro, it also has to be frustrating for the Ravens. Sure, the Ravens spent a late-round pick on him. But if they didn't expect him to possibly contribute, he'd be off the roster by now.

Ravens sign cornerback Cassius Vaughn

This one seemed to surprise some folks over on the VIP Club board. This move was made strictly for depth purposes. Vaughn is entering his sixth NFL season and started five of the 13 games he appeared in during the 2014 season. Vaughn will be given an opportunity to showcase any skills previous teams may have overlooked. But the starting trio at corner appears to still be Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Kyle Arrington at this time.

Will Hill vs. Matt Elam for starting safety spot?

One interesting aspect that was reported from Ravens training camp is that Matt Elam was splitting reps at safety with Will Hill. This is probably a sign of the Ravens giving the former first-round choice a chance to show why the Ravens picked him 32nd overall in 2013. Elam has struggled through his first two seasons and bounced around to various spots in sub packages a year ago. Elam's tackling was a liability and the Ravens missed on some big plays at time as a result. Hill, however, proved why the Ravens were smart to take a flier on him after his release from the Giants. Hill figures to still be the starter for that spot, though, with Kendrick Lewis playing next to him.


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