What, If Anything, Can We Learn from Baltimore Ravens' Camp PUP/NFI List?
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The Baltimore Ravens opened training camp today, with quarterbacks, rookies and injured players required to report.
Three players started camp on the Non-Football Injury list and four are on the camp Physically Unable to Perform list. On the former are rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw (who didn't pass his first conditioning test, but took it a second time and passed), undrafted rookie tight end Bruce Figgins (undisclosed) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles' tendon).
On the latter are rookie guard Kelechi Osemele (leg injury; he's passed the conditioning test, however), tackle Jah Reid (calf), defensive end Pernell McPhee (he is still recovering from a minor offseason knee procedure) and receiver David Reed (ACL tear and surgery recovery).
Unlike the regular-season PUP list, players can come off the list and fully participate in camp at any time, which makes the designation far less serious. So is there anything we can learn about the Ravens' players who have been deactivated—albeit temporarily—from participating in the opening of camp?
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Suggs is the only player among them who will likely miss the entirety of camp as he continues to rehab his torn Achilles' tendon. Suggs' playing status for the year is still up in the air, and it's little surprise that he's on the NFI list.
Osemele, Reid and McPhee should all return to full practice in the coming week. Osemele will be competing with Bobbie Williams for the starting offensive guard job that used to belong to Ben Grubbs and needs as much time on the practice field as possible; the fact that he's passed his conditioning test is a good sign the leg injury is very minor and shouldn't affect his chances to win a starting job.
Of these seven players, the most concerning injury is that of Reed's. He tore his ACL in December, which means he's still very much in recovery mode. That doesn't bode well for his chances of making an early impact in camp and his roster spot is thus in jeopardy.
Reed's primary use as a member of the Ravens has been as a kick returner—he's had two rushes of 15 and 16 yards in his two years with the team, but no regular-season receptions. With the offseason addition of veteran Jacoby Jones, who will likely end up returning both punts and kicks as well as getting significant on-field snaps as a receiver, Reed's only proven talent may no longer be needed.
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Furthermore, Reed is but one of 10 receivers who are battling it out for at most, six spots on the Ravens' 53-man roster. Missing time due to his knee and losing his job as a returner likely means that he won't be one of the six unless he can take the field at 100 percent health and really make an impression.
Earlier this month, Reed said that he planned to be ready for the start of camp. That clearly isn't the case at the moment. Reed's only hope is that he can take the field as soon as possible. Competition at wide receiver will be fierce this year and Reed has already found himself in catch-up mode.
So the Ravens' camp NFI and PUP lists present us with little surprises and little reasons to worry—at this early point in camp, only Reed seems to be the player whose injury could cost him a roster spot.
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