CAMP NOTES: Offensive struggles continue

Camp Notes CAMP NOTES: Offensive struggles continue

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The team practiced in shells and shorts today and for the most part it was a rather uneventful practice dominated again by the defense. Among those who sat out the morning session included: Terrell Suggs; Todd Heap; Jared Gaither; Stefan Rodgers; Mark Clayton; Demetrius Williams; Biren Ealy; Thomas White; Lamar Divens; and Samari Rolle (PUP).

Joe Flacco has had several up and down days during camp and today was no exception. Early on during the practice he hit Kelley Washington perfectly in stride on a deep in route along the left hash with Domonique Foxworth covering closely. Washington dropped it. A few plays later on a similar route run by Mason albeit a bit deeper, Foxworth closed quickly to break up a play that looked like a score when the ball was released. Shortly thereafter Flacco connected on a deep out on the right to Justin Harper over Frank Walker.

Troy Smith wasn’t very sharp today, off the mark at times and he was picked off once by Chris Carr. John Beck made the best throw of the day on a go route down the right side hitting Yamon Figurs in stride over Evan Oglesby.

NOTE: It should be pointed out that while the offense has struggled recently, they are at a disadvantage when focusing upon the passing attack. The defense is free to ignore the run paving the way to reckless blitzing which disrupts the timing of passing plays. The first team offensive line has rarely been seen on the field together during recent practices as Gaither and Oher nurse minor injuries and Yanda rounds into shape following knee surgery. Mix in the fact that the team’s top 3 receivers haven’t seen much of the field due to injuries, the over 30 off days for the vets plus Todd Heap out the past day and a half nursing a sore back and it becomes a severe uphill climb to move the football by air. 

One-on-One Drills

 
Receiver
Defender
Advantage
Comments
FLACCO
 
 
 
Mason
Foxworth
Mason
 
Washington
Oglesby
Washington
 
Mason
Webb
Mason
 
Washington 
Landry 
Landry 
 
Harper 
Foxworth 
Harper 
 
Mason 
Foxworth 
Mason 
 
Washington 
Carr 
Washington 
 
SMITH
 
 
 
Harper
Walker
Harper
 
M. Smith
F. Washington
F. Washington       
 
Riley 
Reed 
Riley 
 
Wheelwright 
Carr 
Wheelwright 
 
J. Foster 
Oglesby 
Oglesby 
Foster blows by Oglesby but Smith’s throw is way off the mark 
Riley 
Walker 
Riley 
Nice double move by Riley 
Harper 
Walker 
Walker 
Harper drops pass 
Wheelwright 
Landry 
Landry 
Landry’s cover skills have improved noticeably in practice 

 

NOTABLES AND QUOTABLES: Chris Carr had a very solid day with an interception and a couple of passes defended during scrimmaging…Frank Walker had a solid outing as well with consistently tight coverage. One of the few times he allowed separation during scrimmaging, he gave up a 15 yard gain on a Troy Smith to Yamon Figurs connection for a first down on third and long. Perhaps upset that his near perfect morning was ruined, Walker decided to use Figurs as a speed bag after the speedy receiver took a swing at him and then tossed Figurs to the turf. On the sidelines, Ray Lewis and defensive line coach Clarence Brooks teased Walker about the skirmish leaving the observer to wonder if it was a set up to perhaps toughen up Figurs…Ed Reed was in a white jersey today signaling that he was open to contact. When asked if Reed shedding the protective red jersey meant that the All-Pro safety was recovered from the neck and shoulder nerve impingement, John Harbaugh quipped, “When he takes the red jersey off it’s because he doesn’t want Joe Flacco to see him back there – it’s strategic."

Harbaugh was a bit chippy during the post practice press conference. One afternoon sports talk show host asked the same question as a reporter just a few moments earlier and Harbaugh ignored the question. The same host later wise-cracked a question about the fight between Walker and Figurs and Harbaugh ignored that question as well. When asked a more intelligent question about the goal for Thursday night’s game Harbaugh replied, “It’s an opportunity to grow as a football team.”

Cam Cameron praised RB Matt Lawrence for attacking the line of scrimmage on one carry. He later instructed Ernie Wheelwright to let his QB know when he sees a blitz coming as a rather twitchy Lardarius Webb telegraphed to the world that he was blitzing…The Ravens practiced a roll out to the right with 7 seconds on the clock and 65 yards from the end zone – their version of The Hail Mary. They better keep praying if today’s execution is indicative of what lies ahead. Flacco took two shots at the throw and both sailed far out of bounds. The throws inspired one fan to bark, “Is that Boller?” Troy Smith’s only attempt produced similar results.

Graham Gano was nearly flawless today connecting on every single kick that I witnessed. During one stretch over a span of no more than 5 minutes, Gano lined up and hit from 35, 43, 47, 51 and then from 38 yards out from the right and left hash marks followed by one placed in the center of the hash marks.

PUT ME IN COACH: Those who tune into the Scott & Anita Show on 105.7 The Fan are all too familiar with Anita Marks’ incessant rants about the Ravens and what is in her opinion a glaring need for a No. 1 wide receiver. She’s been a devout champion of acquiring either Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall. Neither will become a Raven any time soon.

To make matters worse, Mark Clayton may not take a single preseason snap, Demetrius Williams is nursing various aches and pains and Derrick Mason left practice today with a dislocated middle finger on his right hand. Perhaps this has inspired Marks to take matters into her own hands.

After corralling the services of wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, Marks took off for her car after practice and returned with her own football helmet. After buckling her chin strap and loosening up a bit, she took on the pitching machine and caught a few passes before dropping one. Not bad for a female sports talk radio show host. A few teams from the Extreme Social Division of the Baltimore Sports & Social Club touch football league are said to be saving a roster spot for her if Scott Garceau comes along to do the play by play.

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