NFL Nation: Rudy Gay
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens completed their second day of veteran minicamp Saturday.
Here are some notes and observations:
- Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco is having a great minicamp this week. During his first minicamp a year ago, Flacco proved that he could make NFL throws, but was making mistakes in the process. This year his reads and progressions are efficient and he's making very few mistakes.
- Middle linebacker Ray Lewis likes what he sees from second-year teammate Tavares Gooden, who will compete to replace linebacker Bart Scott in Baltimore this season. But Lewis said it's important to teach the young, antsy Gooden how to conserve some energy and aggression for the regular season.
"Tavares is sometimes going too fast," Lewis said. "At a jogging pace, he wants to hit somebody, like right now. So, I've got to calm him down."
- Pro Bowler Le'Ron McClain is taking most of the snaps at fullback this weekend, which likely is a sign that McClain will revert more to his natural position in 2009. When asked about this, McClain said he wasn't exactly sure how much he will be used in certain positions, because things were still a work in progress.
- There was an Art Modell sighting in practice Saturday morning. The former Baltimore and Cleveland Browns owner still owns a one-percent stake in the Ravens. Another person who showed up at Ravens' practice Friday was NBA star Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies, who grew up in the Baltimore area.
- Greg Mattison is participating in his first minicamp as Ravens defensive coordinator. The early impression through two days of minicamp is there are some different wrinkles but no drastic overhaul to the scheme so far.
"We haven't changed the defense too much," Ravens caoch John Harbaugh said. "[But] I'd say we have evolved the defense."
- For the second day in a row, receiver Kelley Washington is still flashing the most ability of the three veteran tryout players. Washington, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots, made at least three notable catches Saturday in team drills against Baltimore's defense. So far, he may have the inside track over tryout receivers Jerry Porter and Tab Perry.
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