In just shorts and shells today, the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up their last practice before breaking camp on Friday under cool conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.
Thursday’s practice had more a walk-through type feel as both the offense and defense were split for much of the afternoon. The first and second team offense took on the third team defense, while the third team offense spent their reps facing the first and second team defenses.
With starters expected to play the first quarter and some new starters playing perhaps through the first half, their method of madness makes perfect sense.
Notes and Observations
Quarterback Joe Flacco is increasingly showing his comfort level with Gary Kubiak and quarterback coach Rick Dennison’s new offensive system. While every throw wasn’t perfect on Thursday, Flacco’s footwork involving his drop backs and roll outs has gotten remarkably better since the beginning of camp. On every pass attempt Flacco could be seen setting his feet and driving his throws to his receivers. When Flacco wasn’t involved on the field, both Kubiak and Dennison were in his ears on the sidelines.
Tight end Owen Daniels missed his second straight day of practice which was deemed as an extra day off. When asked if there was an injury, Kubiak stated yesterday, “No- he’s fine.” Today, Harbaugh echoed Kubiak’s words from yesterday after practice saying they were just resting Daniels’ legs and there was no injury. Crockett Gillmore filled in for Daniels on the first team offense.
Dennis Pitta, Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken all had receiving touchdowns on Thursday- albeit against the third string defense. Aiken made an impressive catch from Tyrod Taylor, making an excellent adjustment while being heavily covered by Omar Brown. Smith Sr. straight up embarrassed cornerback Chykie Brown during receivers vs. cornerback drills. Smith Sr. completely turned Brown around off the snap causing Brown to lose sight of the veteran wideout only to see him downfield with the football.
Offensive lineman Will Rackley (concussion) was the only other player on offense who missed practice on Thursday.
*The Ravens have a game walk-through scheduled for tomorrow prior to departing for Dallas. The next available practice for the media will be held on Monday at 1:45 p.m.*
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