CAMP NOTES: Harbaugh: ‘Today was more of a grind day’

Torrey

NOTES & OBSERVATIONS

M.I.A.: Offense ~ C Matt Birk (back spasms); TE Dennis Pitta (broken hand); RB Bernard Pierce (hamstring); WR Patrick Williams (calf). Defense ~ LB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder); LB’s Dannell Ellerbe, Darryl Blackstock and Josh Bynes; NT Ma’ake Kemoeatu (unknown); DT Arthur Jones (hip); CB Jimmy Smith (back); S Ed Reed (knee).

The team opened up today as they often do with special teams drills. Chykie Brown received props from coaches for his efforts as a gunner on the punt team as did Deonte ThompsonSean Considine is the up back on the punt team. Haruki Nakamura held that position in 2011…Asa Jackson was chastised by special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg for failing to secure the ball fielding punts: “You’re not going to be back there if you keep dropping the ball!”

Rosburg did end the teams session saying, “Hats [special teams sock hats] off and get into your positions. That’s a great practice gentlemen.”

Nothing has changed in the kicking competition. Both Billy Cundiff and Justin Tucker were perfect on the afternoon. On the last field goal attempt of the day, Tucker drilled a kick from about 35 yards out that went through a small hole in the netting and into a fishing pond down the hill just beyond the uprights.

Haloti Ngata was back in action today and was very impressive while slapping around Bryant McKinnie and Tony Wragge (doll). After one of the confrontations with McKinnie, Ngata playfully jumped up and head butted the towering offensive tackle…Torrey Smith blew by the defense on a 9 route down the right sideline only to be overthrown by Joe Flacco who wasn’t quite as sharp today. After the play Smith teased the defense, “Y’all better get some safety help!”Later during his post practice presser a more humble Smith when asked about his rookie success said, “Instead of focusing on what I did, I’m more focused on what I left on the field.”

Towards the end of practice receivers coach Jim Hostler shot a dig in Tommy Streeter’s direction: “C’mon Tommy, we know you’re tired, we’re all tired.”…Tandon Doss made it out on to the practice field for the first time in about a week. He didn’t take a single snap with any offensive unit during situational scrimmaging…On a plus note Ray Rice took notice of a young disabled boy in the crowd wearing his jersey. It was a touching scene and quite obviously the two had met before as Rice happily exclaimed to the boy, “Don’t think I didn’t see you!”

One of the more entertaining drills that the Ravens engage in is a competition between linebackers and running backs/tight ends. The drill tests the RB’s ability to pick up a blitzing backer. Here’s a summary of the winners and losers (determined by whether or not a sack occurs) during those battles:

Linebacker 
Running Back/Tight End
Winner 
J. McClain 
D. Berry 
McClain 
P. Kruger 
B. Bajema 
Bajema 
R. Brown 
B. Rainey 
Brown 
C. Williams 
M. Balasavage 
Williams 
N. Carr 
V. Leach 
Leach 
J. McClain 
B. Figgins 
Figgins 
S. Baggs 
A. Allen 
Baggs 
B. Ayanbadejo 
E. Dickson 
Ayanbadejo 
R. Lewis 
B. Rainey 
Lewis 
R. Brown 
D. Drew 
Drew 
S. Baggs 
D. Berry 
Berry 
P. Kruger 
B. Bajema 
Kruger 
J. McClain 
A. Allen 
McClain 
S. Baggs 
M. Balasavage 
Balasavage 
N. Carr 
B. Rainey 
Carr 
C. Williams 
B. Figgins 
Williams 
B. Ayanbadejo 
V. Leach 
Leach 
P. Kruger 
B. Figgins 
Kruger 
R. Brown 
A. Allen 
Allen 
J. McClain 
E. Dickson 
Dickson 
 
The Ravens scrimmaging during training camp often revolves around situational play calling. Consecutive plays may not have a cause and effect relationship. In other words, a 7 yard gain on first and 10 doesn’t necessarily mean that the succeeding play is second and 3. With that in mind here’s a snapshot of today’s results.
 
Quarterback 
Down & Distance 
Results 
Flacco 
1-10-18 
Rice 10 yard run (audible) 
 
1-10-13 
Pass to Dickson, TD (audible, nice touch pass) 
 
1-10-18 
Pass to Rice, 4 yards 
 
2-6-14 
Pass incomplete to Rainey (drop) 
 
3-6-14 
Sack by A. McClellan 
 
1-10-18 
Pass to Jones, 8 yards 
 
2-2-10 
Pass incomplete to Rice 
 
3-2-10 
Pass incomplete to Smith in end zone 
 
1-10-35 
Pass to Rice, 2 yards 
 
1-10-35 
Pass to Drew, 2 yards 
 
2-8-37 
Sack by P. McPhee 
 
1-10-38 
Pass to Rice, 7 yards 
 
1-10-38 
Pass incomplete to Boldin 
 
2-10-38 
Pass intended for L. Williams intercepted by Webb 
 
2-8-40 
Pass to Rice, 15 yards 
 
2-7-41 
Pass to Bajema, 7 yards 
 
2-10-41 
Pass incomplete, tipped at line by McPhee 
 
1-10-42 
Pass to Boldin, 8 yards (strong hands with C. Graham in tight coverage)
 
1-5-47 
Pass to Leach, 5 yards 
 
1-10-47 
Pass to Smith, 20 yards (C. Graham) 
 
1-10-14 
Pass incomplete to D. Thompson (Thompson gave up on route understimating Flacco’s arm strength) 
 
1-10-14 
Pass to Rice, no gain 
 
1-10-27
Pass to Smith, 8 yards 
 
1-10-40 
Rice 2 yard run 
Taylor 
1-10-15 
Sack by McClellan 
 
1-10-24 
Berry 3 yard run 
 
1-10-35 
Pass incomplete 
 
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