Ravens outside linebacker Calais Campbell (concussion protocol) was the only player out of 74 players who were medically cleared to participate in today’s OTA practice who did not take part in drills.
Campbell and cornerback Kevon Seymour (concussion protocol) also were both held out of practice during the March OTA sessions. Campbell missed the entire season of 2017, and Seymour was at the end of the season and did not play at all.
Seymour showed signs of good health during Monday’s training session. He participated in individual drills, did some individual work with teammates and hauled in a couple of passes thrown his way.
Campbell, who will make $12.5 million this season, is guaranteed an additional $9.5 million if he remains on the roster after Sept. 30.
With Campbell out of the lineup and with him largely absent from the last two OTA sessions, the Ravens were forced to use linebacker Anthony Weaver and linebacker Tim Williams at outside linebacker with the first-team defense. Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley took the snaps with the first-team defense.
Second-year outside linebacker Kenny Young took snaps with the No. 1 defense, and he said he liked the look of the group.
“I liked how guys kept it simple,” Young said. “They didn’t really ask us to go out there and show our skills. They asked us to do our job and be there for the team.”
If Campbell is not ready by the season opener, either Weaver or Williams could fill in. Weaver is a fifth-year veteran and Williams is a rookie.
Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said Weaver was energetic in today’s practice. Williams is a two-time University of Virginia player of the year and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.
“I love it when you get a lot of youth back out there at time like this when the team’s trying to jell and get going,” Martindale said. “Kenny Young out there out there really competing. It’s a good day.”
The Ravens also announced that rookie offensive lineman James Hurst missed a workout because of an illness. Second-year cornerback Jaylen Hill, who is competing for the No. 3 slot in the secondary, was held out of a workout because of a hamstring injury.
The OTA sessions are voluntary and coach John Harbaugh would not say who was absent, only that they all made it back to team headquarters afterwards. Asked about Campbell and Seymour, Harbaugh said: “I can’t comment on anybody, because I don’t know.”
Ravens safety Tony Jefferson, one of the first players out of the tunnel after practice today, said he was pleased with his play.
“Just glad to be back out here and just excited,” he said. “I think this is the best I’ve felt all spring. Just glad to be back out here.”
Orioles offense remains in flux
Despite another productive spring with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, his unit lacked polish during today’s OTA workout.
Perhaps the most glaring problem was the team’s inability to throw the ball down the field. The Ravens ran two deep passes during a team drill, but then turned to the run rather than getting Robby Anderson or Jeremy Maclin a chance at deep pass.
At one point, after Maclin dropped a pass, Roman asked if he had practiced that route enough to complete it.
“Yes sir,” Maclin said, smiling.
It wasn’t the only issue. Junior Hemingway dropped a routine throw from Roman into traffic down the right sideline during another team drill.
“I don’t think it was a shock for anybody,” Roman said of his offensive struggles. “It’s pretty obvious for everybody.”
Eventually, the play made its way to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who overthrew Marshall Yanda after the offensive line moved toward the spot where the receiver should have been, instead of holding him on the line of scrimmage.
“That’s why you need to coach them a little bit more,” Roman said. “You need to get in on them.”
Ravens linebacker Anthony Hitchens said there has been a good sense of cohesion among the first-team offense this spring. He said the unit has consistently completed all of its passes during the spring and noted that the day’s pass coverage woes might be the work of spring practices.
“At this point, you kind of get what you practice,” Hitchens said. “The biggest thing for us is [getting to the] line of scrimmage. You can make a play, but if you can’t make a play