The Ravens are into their third week of voluntary OTA workouts, with Tuesday's session open to the media. Chris Canty, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs were absent for the third straight week, and Elvis Dumervil, Daryl Smith and Marshal Yanda were not present for the second straight week. Tackle Eugene Monroe joined the list of veterans not in attendance this time around.
With many veterans not on hand, and with no contact, it's hard to get a true reading of the team. But there was plenty to glean from Tuesday's OTA workout. Here, in alphabetical order, are five players who stood out:
T James Hurst: With Monroe sitting practice out, Hurst saw a lot of time with the first unit at left tackle. Remember, Hurst is an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina, but it seems he has moved rapidly up the depth chart. Some teams were scared off by Hurst's leg injury -- he broke his leg in North Carolina's bowl game -- but he looks like he could be the team's next undrafted gem.
OL Ryan Jensen -- Jensen has been splitting time with Rick Wagner at right tackle, but on Tuesday he played primarily right guard. And he can play center, too. There will be some tough decisions along the offensive line when it's time for final cuts, but Jensen's versatility is a huge plus for him.
LB C.J. Mosley -- During pass coverage drills, Mosley made a couple of outstanding leaping grabs over the middle and showed good lateral movement. Don't be surprised when he comes up with a pickoff like that in the regular season. It's easy to see he brings superb athleticism to the position.
WR Steve Smith -- Smith was all over the field on Tuesday. At one point, he made a tough, diving grab on the sideline, jumped to his feet and spun the ball as he started back to the huddle. Smith never takes a play or a practice off. "He brings an edge to practice all the time," offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said on Tuesday. Smith will be a great addition to this team and a great mentor to young receivers.
DE Brent Urban -- The rookie fourth-round pick is just a huge presence along the defensive front. Urban is listed at 6-foot-6 and 298 pounds, and 6-foot-7 Chris Canty was not on hand for comparison's sake, but Urban looks bigger than 6-6. He towered over other defensive linemen. It's hard to fathom how big this guy, a Canadian and one-time top hockey prospect, would look on ice skates. Urban is still learning, but there is a lot of upside with that size.