The Baltimore Ravens have many questions to answer before the 2014 season, and some preliminary answers were received during the first few days of training camp.
There is still plenty of time for these plot lines to unfold, but the first impressions from Ravens camp were informative.
Defenses normally have the advantage early in training camp, but that wasn’t the case in Baltimore—despite the fact that the offense is working to install a new system. Instead, the offense looks sharp while problems on the defense are emerging.
For example, both Steve Smith Sr. and Joe Flacco continued their impressive play. This is a terrific sign for the offense, since Flacco carries the keys to the offense and Smith could emerge as his go-to target.
On the contrary, their success has spelled trouble for the defense. The secondary, in particular, has struggled early in the training camp.
These are the early takeaways from training camp that could end up shaping Baltimore’s 2014 season.