Camp Notes

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Rookie Defenders Stay Busy

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The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up the last of their three joint practices with the 49ers on Monday under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Today’s practice had a much different feel to it than the last two days as both teams were donned in shorts and shells more like an OTA practice than the end of week two of training camp.Perhaps it was yesterday’s season ending injury to defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore or both teams were drained from two days of non stop competing against...

CAMP NOTES: Taliaferro Shines, Pass Protection Stays Solid

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On a day that saw the Ravens defense take hit with injuries, the offense made it through without incident. Tight end Dennis Pitta was held out of practice for precautionary reasons that head coach John Harbaugh described to be a “tweak of his leg” sustained during yesterday’s first of three joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers. Also sitting out practice on Sunday was backup right guard Ryan Jensen, who was banged up during an 11-on-11 series on Saturday. Jensen did return to practice after missing just a few series...

CAMP NOTES: Defense Loses 2 to Injury, 1 for Season

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The Ravens wrapped up their second of three joint practices with the 49ers on Sunday under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. “Iron sharping iron” continued as the Ravens are six days away from their second preseason game when they take on the Cowboys in Dallas. Donned in pads for the second straight day, unfortunately, injuries, not on-field play, were the big story today. Cornerback Asa Jackson limped off the field with trainers in the middle of practice with what appeared to be a right...

Ravens Offense Keeps on Rolling

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Quarterback Joe Flacco looked sharp on Saturday evenly distributing the football while keeping the 49ers defensive backfield a bit off-balance. The Ravens signal caller set comfortably and generally delivered the ball quickly and on time. His only struggles seemed to take place when a play’s timing was disrupted and he pulled the ball down with the hopes of creating a play. Flacco’s receivers are not quite on the same page when that happens in the way that Ben Roethlisberger’s receivers know to keep plays alive when their quarterback breaks contain....

Ravens Headquarters Painted 49ers Red

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Before “The Turk” makes his first rounds during summer camp to trim rosters from 90 to 75, the Under Armour Performance Center at One Winning Drive can get pretty crowded. More players, more assistants to the coaching staff, more interns and more media makes Baltimore Ravens headquarters a pretty crowded place. Even the locker rooms are equipped with temporary lockers leaving it with the appearance of a sporting goods store under renovation. On Saturday afternoon The Castle that Steve Bisciotti built hosted more king’s horses and more king’s men than...

CAMP NOTES: Elam, Secondary Struggle vs. 49ers

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The Ravens’ first string secondary certainly didn’t have their best day of practice on Saturday as the Ravens and 49ers kicked off their first of three joint practices between the two teams. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick feasted on the Ravens defensive backfield, taking advantage of both Chykie Brown and second-year player Matt Elam. Elam was beaten on several plays across the middle of the field by the big-bodied 49er receiving unit. Brown had another up and down day at the office, giving up some long pass plays but came up...

CAMP NOTES: First Team Offense Solid vs. 49ers

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The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers kicked off their first of three joint practices together under sunny conditions at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Saturday. With both teams donning full pads, practice began with joint warm-ups before players broke down in to individual drills with their respective teams. The Ravens’ first team offense picked up where they left off on Thursday night, moving the ball with ease against the 49ers first team defense. While neither team was hitting hard it was easy to see...

CAMP NOTES: Chykie Redeems Himself, Daryl Smith Returns

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As the Ravens concluded their last open practice on Monday night in preparation for their first preseason game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, the defense – more precisely, the secondary – is a work in progress. After having a rough week of practice, cornerback Chykie Brown was impressive both during one-on-one and 11-on-11 drills. Brown has battled back hard after spending much of the first two weeks not only being burned by opposing wide receivers, but also being a short-lived resident in Coach Harbaugh’s doghouse. Brown was...

CAMP NOTES: Running Game on Point, Wenning Improves

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The Baltimore Ravens concluded their last open-to-the-public practice of 2014 training camp with practice being held under the lights at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. In preparation for Thursday nights game against the San Francisco 49ers, third string quarterback Keith Wenning had his best practice yet by far. Throughout the first two weeks of camp, Wenning, the Ravens 2014 sixth-round draft pick, has been anything but spectacular. His arm strength was on full display last night, something that hasn’t been seen on the practice field up until now....

CAMP RECAP: Receiving Corps Standing Out

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The Ravens will wrap up their second full week of training camp tonight at the Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis for the last open practice of the summer. Two weeks into training camp, a few story lines have emerged on each side of the football.   HIGHLIGHTS Receivers The wide receiver corp had a standout week with Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith each having stand-out days throughout the week. Watching Smith Sr. run routes is a thing of beauty. Each rep is crisper than the previous...

Jackson vs. Brown – Anybody Stepping Up at Corner?

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The battle for the third cornerback job between Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown heated up just as much as the weather late Sunday afternoon. The two combatants shared snaps as the starting cornerback, working outside of the numbers during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. While Jackson has been more consistent and has displayed impressive cover skills, Brown has made a push the last two practices, and had arguably his best practice yesterday (despite being kicked out momentarily by head coach John Harbaugh). Here is how the two players stacked up today:...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs With the Quote of the Day

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The defense was again rough and tough donned in pads and made the offense earn every play on Sunday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. With cornerback Lardarius Webb out with a back issue, Asa Jackson got the reps once again with the first team defense. The extended reps for Jackson are proving pivotal for the young cornerback who is making every snap count. The 5-10 back had another nice practice on Sunday doing a solid job of turning his head and locating the football in coverage....

CAMP NOTES: Flacco’s Passion on Display

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The Ravens hit the practice field once again in pads on Sunday under cloudy skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The new run blocking system installed by Gary Kubiak was on full display with each member of the starting offensive line progressing smoothly. Newly signed center Jeremy Zuttah showed exactly why the Ravens opted to trade a 2015 draft pick to acquire the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer. On several run blocking drills during 7 on 7 and 11 on 11, Zuttah consistently spread the defensive line...

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Defensive Stars Flex Muscles

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The pads were back on and the players were ready to tee off. If you were a spectator during Saturday’s practice, your eyes needed to be on the line. That’s where the action was “Rated R” for plenty of violence and profanity. From the first snap, the defense was on a mission to dominate. Perhaps they were inspired by the words of their defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, who said yesterday that they needed to step up during his weekly press conference. Either way, the starters were relentless and wore out...

CAMP NOTES: Jones Shines on an Offensively Dull Day

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The Ravens offense didn’t turn in their finest day of training camp on Saturday as the defense dominated the day but there were a few bright spots as the team continues to install Gary Kubiak’s new offense. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones’ history and experience with Gary Kubiak is certainly translating to the practice field this summer. Jones, who played with Kubiak in Houston once again turned in an outstanding day. One play after safety Omar Brown broke up a pass intended for Jones, the speedy receiver made an impressive double...

CAMP NOTES: Defense Dominates Despite Brown’s Struggles

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The Ravens donned the pads for practice under sunny skies at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Saturday. The defensive side of the football ruled the roost in a fiery practice, with several of the big names on defense having an impressive day. Linebacker Terrell Suggs stood out, disrupting the Ravens offensive line which featured Ryan Jensen and A.Q. Shipley as Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda were not present for practice. Suggs was key in pressuring Flacco and Taylor and recorded two sacks during 11 on 11...

CAMP NOTES: Safety Patrolling The Ravens

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Safeties, the protectors of the fort, keepers of the gate – the last line of defense that often influences the flow and tempo of a game and the decision making of opposing quarterbacks. For over a decade Ed Reed provided the Ravens with back end insurance. Like a good neighbor, No. 20 was always there. In 2014 the Ravens are counting on a relatively inexperienced group to provide insurance for Dean Pees’ defensive unit. Here’s a close look at the safety corps’ performance on Friday, an up and down day...

CAMP NOTES: Flacco Finding His Groove

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ROOKIE QB WENNING IS STRUGGLING Much was made all offseason of how quarterback Joe Flacco would fare rolling out and throwing on the move in Gary Kubiak’s West Coast Offense (WCO) system. Well today, movement and misdirection were in effect in a big way and the Super Bowl XLVII MVP looked tremendous rolling out to his right side off play-action to fling the ball downfield. Flacco put on a show airing out the long ball, and his favorite targets were Jacoby Jones and Dennis Pitta. Whether he had to place...

CAMP NOTES: Suggs Leads Injury-Depleted Defense

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The defense took to the practice field on Friday with a different look than the past few days. The injury bug has bitten the defensive unit hard two weeks into training camp. The Ravens lost rookie Brent Urban for the season with a torn ACL, rookie Timmy Jernigan again missed practice with a back issue, veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb is still out with back spasms and Daryl Smith is still suffering from a groin issue. Jimmy Smith missed practice on Friday as well but there was no indication of injury –...

CAMP NOTES: Deonte & Jacoby Put on a Show

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On a dreary Friday morning, the Ravens took to the field under cloudy skies for another early practice at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The battle for the one or possibly two roster spots at the wide receiver position is heating up between Deonte Thompson, Kamar Aiken and undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler. Thompson has had a resurgence over the past two days and put on a nice display of speed and solid hands throughout 11-on-11 drills today. Thompson and quarterback Joe Flacco connected on two long touchdowns,...