Camp Notes

Players feel the wrath of John Harbaugh

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After hoisting the Lombardi trophy, the corresponding roster moves spoke volumes as to who the undisputed leader of the Ravens would be. Owner Steve Bisciotti made it clear that Joe Flacco would be the on-field leader now that Ray Lewis had retired, but make no mistake about it – this is John Harbaugh’s team. Standing near the sidelines for today’s training camp practice, we heard a very testy Harbaugh who had no problem publicly shaming a few players who were either underperforming or being disobedient. As a typical training camp...

PROJECTING FINAL ROSTER: Version 2.0

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With one preseason game under their belt, the Ravens are expanding the body of work available to them to make some very difficult roster decisions. Ninety players will are eligible for consideration and it will stay that way until the team has to trim the roster to 75 players following their third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. It’s important to note that the coaches, scouts and front office personnel not only take into consideration what they see in preseason games, but also what they’ve observed on the practice field...

PRESEASON GAME 1: What to watch for

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Wide Receiver The position receiving the most amount of questions these days is closer to getting some answers. Torrey Smith is without question the #1 receiver and looks to be ready to take another step up while enjoying a stellar training camp. Jacoby Jones has shown his ability mainly as a vertical threat and clear out guy. He’s probably not going to pick up the slack intermediately and frankly his role last year, a threat in the return game, is likely the most beneficial role he could play for the...

CAMP NOTES: Flacco and Taylor, Polar Opposites

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It’s interesting to observe the differences between the Ravens No. 1 and No. 2 offenses during training camp practices. And clearly those differences start with the wide disparity in skill sets between the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks. One is a 6’6” statuesque, classic drop back pocket passer. The other is a 6’1” (listed) poor man’s answer to RG III. In the past, Cam Cameron has had Tyrod Taylor execute the offense the same way as Joe Flacco. But given the vastly inferior sight lines and release points, the...

CAMP NOTES: Are the Ravens out of bullets?

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These are the days when training camp becomes monotonous. The Ravens have been at it for 11 days and right about now is the time they long to play a game – to pick up the intensity and actually hit someone wearing a helmet other than their own. It’s time for new challenges. It’s time to see who is a practice player and who will step up in preseason and earn playing time to start the regular season. It’s time to address some unanswered questions. Let’s begin with the good…...

CAMP NOTES: Doss Struggles, Sleeper WR Emerges

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The crowd seemed a little lighter than last year’s turnout of 20,300, yet the enthusiasm seemed greater as fans of the defending World Champion Baltimore Ravens welcomed their favorite team to Jack Stephens Field at the Naval Academy. Big ovations were extended to head coach John Harbaugh and Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco as they entered the field, narrated by the WBAL broadcast team of Keith Mills, Stan White and Qadry Ismail. One of the more noticeable differences during camp is the fast pace of the offense. They are...

CAMP NOTES: There’s a new Sheriff in Town

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There are marked differences between Training Camp 2012 and this year’s camp. Obviously the roster turnover paves the way to a team with a new look. The defense has many new faces and they are working towards becoming a cohesive unit. But the differences don’t end there. Offensively the team has better tempo. They are developing a sense of urgency that hasn’t been seen on the field in the past and certainly not in practice. It’s an approach that Joe Flacco embraces. And it’s with Flacco, more than the new...

Daryl Smith: “I’ll Try to Do My Talking With the Pads”

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During the offseason, the Ravens faced the difficult task of attempting to replace two future first-ballot Hall of Fame players. Losing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed at the same time is a bitter pill to swallow. Nonetheless, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome did a tremendous job in free agency by replacing experienced veterans with other experienced veterans (albeit not Hall of Fame worthy players). Prior to signing with Baltimore, Daryl Smith spent his entire 9-year career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both Smith, who is expected to start at middle linebacker,...

Camp Notes August 1: Pick City

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Competition Breeds Success During practice, fans may find it interesting to know that the Ravens are extremely divided between the offense and defense. Of course they’re all a family after the final horn sounds ending practice, but when they’re battling, you’d think it was a Ravens/Steelers throw down. Terrell Suggs is the designated trash talker for the defense – no surprise there. However, what may surprise you is that Joe Flacco has been the vocal leader on offense, and he’s been throwing out some gems. Unfortunately, I can’t repeat most...

Training Camp Q&A

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Do you think that the Ravens will go back to a more smash-mouth approach now that Dennis Pitta has been lost for the season and no one seems to be stepping up to fill Anquan Boldin’s shoes? Ken in White Hall That seems to be the popular consensus, particularly after Vonta Leach agreed to re-join the team. But I’m not buying it, not yet. I expect the Ravens to be a 60-40 (pass-run) offense. I think Jim Caldwell plans to spread the defense in order to create space for both...

Camp Notes July 31: Butterfingers Return

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After receiving their first day off since training camp began last Thursday, the Ravens returned to the Under Armour Performance Center to continue installing their offense and worked on disguising blitz packages as well. The team was once again in pads, but they haven’t had that many contact drills since Sunday’s practice. Wide Receivers: Drops, Drops and More Drops From what I’ve seen, It’s not looking good for the wide receiving corps. Even though there were a few deep touchdown passes today, the Ravens wideouts also shot themselves in the...

Camp Notes: July 29

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It’s Ice Cream Day! Today was a special day at training camp, as two ice cream trucks pulled onto the field at the conclusion of practice. Later, guard Kelechi Osemele was asked why he didn’t visit the truck, and said that only the defense could visit the truck because they “won” practice today. Being the first class organization that they are, the Ravens even treated the media and allowed us to visit the truck. For the first time ever, I was allowed to do something at the facility that Joe...

Camp Notes: July 28

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In terms of padded training camp practices, Sunday’s practice was a little more subdued – or perhaps it just seemed that way given the action-packed practice on Saturday, which was filled with plenty of fights and even a season-ending injury. That’s a great segue into the camp notes for Sunday’s practice. Here you go… Harbaugh Confirms Dennis Pitta Is Out For The Season The news Ravens fans had been dreading was officially confirmed by head coach John Harbaugh following practice. Dennis Pitta will miss the 2013 season with a dislocated...

Camp Notes: July 27

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Down Goes Dennis The injury bug has bitten the Ravens early, and it hurts. Tight end Dennis Pitta has a dislocated hip and will miss the September 5th season opener versus the Denver Broncos according to head coach John Harbaugh following Saturday’s practice. Click to read more about Pitta’s injury Fists Start Flying – Juan Castillo is the referee Today was the first day of full contact at practice and tempers flared. The first scuffle of the day came between center A.Q. Shipley versus linebacker Albert McClellan. After a few...

Camp Notes: Friday, July 26th

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B-Mac dropped the Big Mac’s After being held out of practice yesterday due to weight concerns, left tackle Bryant McKinnie joined his teammates for the second full day of training camp. McKinnie had agreed when he re-signed with the Ravens to play lighter than his 2012 playing weight of 352 pounds. As you can see in the picture below, for a 6-8 athlete that doesn’t play in the NBA, McKinnie doesn’t look that bad. Secondary Standouts Ravens fans were pleasantly surprised with cornerback Corey Graham’s contributions last season in the...

Unnecessary Drama Over Bryant McKinnie

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The media and fans are piling on Bryant McKinnie as they assume he is piling on the pounds. But if you could, open your mind to another possibility. Let me start by reminding everyone that during OTA’s Bryant McKinnie was in much better shape than he was during Super Bowl XLVII. Now let’s assume that McKinnie’s new deal with the Ravens is tied to prescribed weight hurdles. That seems like a safe assumption, right? So if you accept this assumption then obviously McKinnie failed to achieve the first hurdle for...

Harbaugh: Simon “not an MLB type of guy”

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In March, plenty of questions surrounded the Ravens pass rush. Fast-forward almost five months, and on paper, the Ravens have arguably one of the best pass rushes in the NFL. After tearing his Achilles and biceps last year, Terrell Suggs has transformed not only his body, but his attidude. The 2011 Defensive Player of the year reported to camp more mature and “100 percent” physically, as he stated on Wednesday. The loss of Paul Kruger and his nine sacks during the regular season (15.5 total) was addressed when one of ...

During Camp it’s Hard to Hide Your Lying Eyes

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It was the first full day of training camp for the entire squad. Players are adjusting to their new teammates and in some cases their new roles. The coaching staff members, both new and old are doing the same. As an observer it’s often hard to tell who is playing well and who isn’t. There are just so many variables to consider and accurately gauge. First the players are in shirts and shorts. Without the threat of contact, can we get a true read? Then there’s the question of effort....

Camp Notes: July 25 – Jacoby “Got Game!”

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Day 1: First full practice as a team. Today, the Ravens took the field at the Under Armour Performance Center as a team for the first time of training camp. With fans in attendance and children wearing NFL Play 60 shirts, it has started to look and feel like football season again. Coach Harbaugh’s Thoughts: “We had a great day. I can’t say that we practiced great. We practiced about like you’d expect to practice the first day of training camp as a full team,” he said. “We’ve got a...

Terrell Suggs “honored” to accept leadership role

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Either Terrell Suggs’ shirts are too small or one of the Ravens’ defensive leaders has shed some serious weight in exchange for lean muscle. Suggs, along with other veterans, reported to training camp on Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center in anticipation of kicking off their first training camp practice as a team on Thursday afternoon. Donning an Orioles ball cap, a determined Suggs addressed the media. “You’ve never won a Super Bowl during training camp, but you’ve certainly lost them,” Suggs said in regards to his preparation. Last...