Ravens get defensive in latest OTAs

OWINGS MILLS — The Ravens’ defense had a solid performance in the second week of Organized Team Activities.

Outside linebacker Trenton Simpson looked solid, especially in coverage on Tuesday. In one drill, Simpson ran across the field and deflected a pass intended for tight end Isaiah Likely. Simpson is expected to take over the starting role for Patrick Queen, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent this offseason.

“I’m going to give [Simpson] a little credit today; he definitely beat me on a rep today,” Likely said. “I know you all saw it. I don’t really like losing a lot. But he’s definitely showing that he’s ready for the opportunity. He’s showing that he’s taking this offseason well – like a pro. He’s definitely showing that what you guys saw on tape against Pittsburgh [last season in Week 18] wasn’t a fluke.

“He’s fast, he’s physical, he’s listening, and he’s really just soaking everything up like a sponge.”

In addition, cornerback Nate Wiggins had solid coverage against fellow rookie Devontez Walker and broke up another pass.

Some of the offensive players also looked good.

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman had a busy day and caught several passes in traffic
Fellow wide receiver Tylan Wallace also had numerous targets and came down with some nice receptions.

Wide receivers coach Greg Lewis likes the progress of the wideouts thus far.

“I think the group is coming along really well,” Lewis said. “[There is] a lot of good camaraderie with the guys. The young guys are blending in. The older guys are bringing guys along. It’s a good group. They all want to be learners and understand what’s going on, and then [they] come out here and execute at a high level each and every day.”

The Ravens’ notable players who did not practice were quarterback Lamar Jackson, safeties Kyle Hamilton and Marcus Williams, wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Deonte Harty, outside linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Malik Harrison, and cornerback Arthur Maulet.

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