aaronwilson I don't know yet. It depends which Kyle shows up for training camp. If he plays like he did in the minicamps I watched, then, yes, probably so. Keep in mind that he'll probably look better in preseason games than he did in practice. Kyle tends to be more of a gamer, so does Troy. I don't know if they'll officially call him third, either. Hard to say right now how Harbs will handle that.
aaronwilson I thought his snaps looked pretty good and he seemed natural getting into his blocks. His stance is better now that he has lost some weight and he's quicker and more explosive now. The diet and workouts have paid off for him.
aaronwilson Very fast and aggressive, so much so that his pursuit angles need some sharpening. He's like a sponge, eager to soak up anything he can learn. Good kid. I didn't read the fights that way. Actually, I thought the coaches liked the aggression and weren't mad at all. You could tell Harbs approved. He likes a nasty attitude, so long as they get back to work on the next snap. If they fought in a game, he would be livid, though. It's a different standard. One fight gets you respect. The other one gets you fined or suspended.
aaronwilson I think the younger guys like his approach more because it closely mirrors their college coaches' style. The vets are good with it, so long as he doesn't get too crazy. They know it's a culture change and they have to go along to get along. I've had several vets express that to me. They know what time it is.
aaronwilson They have barely showed up for anything, and they don't like a lot of the changes. So, yep, it's basically true.
That said, they'll show up and work hard. Just don't expect them to be rah-rah about minicamps.
aaronwilson Well, two-a-days during minicamp for one. Early meetings, long day at the complex in the offseason, etc..
aaronwilson He was a reluctant blocker who never really bought into playing tight end. He thinks of himself as a quarterback despite his failures at Florida State after a stellar blue-chip prep career.
aaronwilson Also, they need roster spots since they can only bring 80 guys to camp. Selfish personal note: I had already typed biographies for all three players for our annual football preview for the Times. Delete, delete, delete.
aaronwilson Ray Rice is going to be the primary backup to Willis McGahee and operate as the third-down back.
aaronwilson Patrick had better get healthy, but he's good at special teams so it will be close between him and Daniels.
aaronwilson It's a mild hamstring injury for Patrick. Daniels is really healthy and in great shape.
aaronwilson The coaches have been impressed with his work ethic.
aaronwilson No, the beard is intact. He looks like Dr. Harry Edwards still.
aaronwilson Zbikowski could stand to lose a few pounds. Rexy was just being honest.
aaronwilson It's a new policy on the coaching staff. You can actually say something negative about the players and not have Brian Billick scared about a player revolt. Novel concept.
aaronwilson Dwan Edwards is still in good shape, not quite as svelte as last year when he really chiseled it up, but definitely better than two years ago. I think he'll still be a solid backup to Trevor Pryce.
aaronwilson Marcus Smith has had inconsistent hands, dropping too many slants and outs. He has good hands, just needs to be more consistent. aaronwilson According to Harbs, Dan Wilcox, who we watched jog lightly during the last minicamp that veterans were at, will be ready for the start of training camp. Dan has said he thinks he might not be full-go for the first week of camp, but he's working hard to get out there.
aaronwilso> Yes, they will sign all the rookies before camp starts. No holdouts expected.
aaronwilson I don't know how Harbs will handle injuries except to say that Andy Reid was decently forthcoming about injuries. Sometimes, Harbs has pretended they didn't know the extent of an injury, like Sypniewski, which we reported immediately was a torn ACL, then he admitted it weeks later after Syp had surgery. In other instances when a player wasn't practicing, he has said the player had migraines. Not sure if that's going around or what, or if it's code for something. I think he'll be okay on injury reports, but I'll be watching to see how he handles situations when someone may or may not miss a game. That's when most coaches fib. aaronwilson It's been really quiet on the Suggs front. No negotiations currently ongoing.
aaronwilson I think they would prefer for Troy Smith to start the opener, but I've been told the coaching staff is open to the idea of starting Flacco. Depends on if he's ready, and the offensive line.
aaronwilson Yes, I think he will be. They can franchise him again, too. Or sign him.to a long-term deal.
aaronwilson Maybe, it's one strategic gambit they could try.
aaronwilson Walter Jones was franchised at least four or five times.
aaronwilson yes, it does go up each year.
That's why you should decide if you want someone and sign them. Otherwise, let them go or trade them for a first-round pick. They would have no pass rush without him. Imagine this team without Suggs and Pryce. And Bart.
aaronwilson Preferably a classic defensive end who can stuff the run and has some pass-rushing moves.
aaronwilson Good football player, definitely.
aaronwilson They are working on a Peppers contract quietly behind the scenes.
aaronwilson Yes, they are open to that. I wrote a Barnes feature earlier this spring about that. They want to use him in some base defensive packages. He's okay on special teams, not great.
aaronwilson Patrick Carter, Ernie Wheelwright and Jameel McClain.
Adam Kraus isn't bad, either. And Piotr Czech. The kicker.
aaronwilson I think that's premature at this point.
aaronwilson Aug. 26 Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players. Aug. 30 Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
aaronwilson Skinny, but athletic. He told me he weighs 282 pounds, but I doubt it. Looks like he's 270 something.
aaronwilson Said he wants to report at 295 pounds. He was joking about how he can eat as much and anything he wants.
aaronwilson Well, Cam Cameron told us a while ago that Adam Terry is the starting right tackle. Adam is recovering well from the ankle surgery and moved around well during some snaps at RT during the last minicamp.
aaronwilson Joe Reitz wore 46 and is now 77. They can go back to Yanda or try Cousins.
aaronwilson First option would probably be Yanda since it would be easier to move in Chester at right guard or play Cousins there.
aaronwilson They have contingency plans if Adam fails. I actually think he's going to be solid, not awful.
aaronwilson That's what I was trying to say. That's one contingency option, or just put Chester in there.
Ideally, Terry and Yanda form a good tandem over on the right side.
aaronwilson Yes, I think Washington can cover well enough. He's definitely fast enough. I wonder about his toughness. The guy had major tackling issues in Oakland.
aaronwilson Although it's not as if Rolle is a powerhouse in run support. Remember, Deion's tackling?
aaronwilson I would say the best competition to watch besides quarterback is the pecking order in the secondary as well as whether Demetrius pushes Clayton for some extra snaps. There is basically no offensive line competition or defensive line or linebacker or starting secondary really or tight end.
aaronwilson Return specialist could get interesting. Seems like Harbs wants to push Yamon Figurs.
aaronwilson They tried Demetrius on punts in minicamp.
And Rice on kickoffs.
They've got some options.
Plus, they have Ed Reed.
As emergency punt returner.
aaronwilson He's pretty good at that even if he does take too many chances with the football.
aaronwilson At least three, maybe four.
aaronwilson I do think Demetrius has that potential, yes.
aaronwilson Just needs to be more consistent in his patterns.
aaronwilson To overtake Clayton and Mason.
aaronwilson Three at least.
aaronwilson Probably will be Heap, Wilcox and Vickers.
aaronwilson Remember Vickers is 6-6 275.
Big kid, former defensive end with the Eagles. Tsizzles31> How about Justin Green? Whats the word on him?
aaronwilson Backing up McClain. Looking solid in the schemes, lost 12 pounds, down to 238.
aaronwilson I don't think Jameel will make the final cut. I think he'll be on the practice squad.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.