WR Michael Campanaro's electric 45-yard touchdown in the Baltimore Ravens' preseason opener was the result of great route-running, determination after the catch and hard work to stay healthy this summer.
Campanaro is standing out in the Ravens' wide receiver competition because of his ability to make big plays and stay on the field. It shouldn't go unnoticed that Campanaro is the only returning receiver from last year's team to participate in every training camp practice this year.
Steve Smith received a veteran day off. Kamar Aiken sat out a day because of fatigue. Marlon Brown missed time with back and hamstring injuries. Plus, first-round pick Breshad Perriman injured his knee on the first day of camp and hasn't returned.
Suiting up every day is as much of a statement for Campanaro as his first touchdown in Baltimore.
"It feels great just being healthy, out there playing," Campanaro said. "I’m not even thinking about it. Just out there playing free.”
Durability was one of the reasons why he lasted until the seventh round in 2014. Injuries curtailed his impact as a rookie. There's no one questioning his talent. Campanaro is a savvy pass catcher with great hands. In limited action last year, he was Joe Flacco's surest target, catching a team-best 84.6 percent of the the passes thrown his direction in the regular season and playoffs.