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The Baltimore Ravens will officially begin their 12th training camp, which is now called â€œTraining Camp Driven by Chevroletâ€ at McDaniel College with two practices (8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.) on Monday, July 30. Baltimore will break camp on Saturday, Aug. 18 following a 9:30 a.m. practice. The team will report to the Best Western Motel (451 WMC Drive) on Sunday, July 29 for an administrative day and a 4:00 p.m. team meeting.
There are 27 practices scheduled over the 20-day camp, including a scrimmage against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 12:00 p.m.
ALL PRACTICES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EXCEPT MONDAY, AUG. 6.
â€œWeâ€™ve had a productive offseason, our players are in shape, and weâ€™ll hit the ground running on July 30th,â€ head coach Brian Billick said. â€œComing off a 13-3 season, a lot is expected of us. That is good, because we expect a lot of ourselves. Weâ€™re excited about and prepared for a challenging season.â€
The Ravens produced the best regular season in their 11-year franchise history, with a 13-3 record, an AFC North title and the second seed in the playoffs in 2006. Following a loss in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Colts, Baltimore had standout participation in its offseason conditioning and strength program. The Ravens return 18 of 22 starters, 14 of the top 15 defenders from its 2006 team.
In 2007, the Ravens boast four primetime games, including three Monday night tilts (9/10 @ Cin., 11/5 @ Pit. and 12/3 vs. NE). In addition, the Ravens will host the Super Bowl champion Colts for a Sunday night matchup on NBC on 12/9. Baltimore will face five playoff teams from 2006, including the three other AFC final four in three consecutive weeks (11/25 @ SD, vs. NE 12/3 and vs. Ind. 12/9). The Ravens will open the season on the road for the seventh time in the last nine years with a division contest with the Bengals on Monday night football (9/10).
**More nationally-televised games could be added with the flexible scheduling that starts in week 11.
The Ravens open the preseason with two home games in a row when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Aug. 13 and the New York Giants on Sunday, Aug. 19. Baltimore then travels to Washington to play the Redskins on Saturday, Aug. 25 and wraps up the preseason at Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31.
Returning to the Ravens are seven 2006 Pro Bowl performers: CB Chris McAlister, LT Jonathan Ogden, S Ed Reed, LB Bart Scott and LB Terrell Suggs (LB Ray Lewis and QB Steve McNair declined invites due to injury. Three others earned first alternate honors: TE Todd Heap, ST Gary Stills and K Matt Stover). Complementing the solid core group of Pro Bowl performers are DT Kelly Gregg, WR Derrick Mason, DE Trevor Pryce, CB Samari Rolle and All-Rookie performers from 2006, S Dawan Landry and DT Haloti Ngata. The Ravens bolstered the roster with the addition of RB Willis McGahee, who brings his 1,122 rushing yards and 8 TD/season averages to Baltimoreâ€™s offensive attack. Top 2007 draft choice Ben Grubbs, a guard from Auburn, is expected to make a significant contribution in his rookie season.