Camp Notes

Camp Notes: Fans Watch Ravens at Stevenson University

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For the second straight season, the Ravens held their final “public” training camp practice at Stevenson University. Mustang Stadium is the current home to the Division III men’s lacrosse national champions and the former practice home to the Baltimore Colts. The Ravens also practiced here for the first 8.5 years of their existence before moving to the building now known as the Under Armour Performance Center. Rice Welcomes the Crowd The stadium was filled to capacity (3,500 seats) as fans and children tried to catch an up-close glimpse of their...

Camp Notes: Quotes from the Team

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After a disappointing performance by the starters in Thursday’s second preseason game, the Ravens players had to know they’d be in store for a few unpleasant practices in the coming days. They got back at it today in Owings Mills, trying to fix some of the myriad of issues that popped up against Atlanta. Here’s what some members of the squad had to say on a variety of topics: Aaron Mellette Benefits from John Harbaugh’s  ”Hard Coaching” Unfortunately for the Ravens, many of the receivers they had relied upon to...

Ravens 53-Man Roster Projection 3.0

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After two preseason games the Ravens have done little to develop any rhythm on offense, cohesion on defense and no one has stepped up as worthy candidate to start opposite Torrey Smith at wide receiver. John Harbaugh and his staff hope that preseason game 3 will hold plenty of answers. They will need to make their first cuts by August 27 (from 90 to 75) and then they will have to set their 53-man roster two days after the preseason finale in St. Louis (August 29) on August 31. Based...

FAN QUESTIONS: You Asked, We Answered

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“Why isn’t Laquan Williams considered a legitimate potential starter? He has been on the team for years and all I can remember of him are decent plays when given the opportunity. Plus, he’s a Maryland boy.” – Scott Zacharko LaQuan Williams has a lot of people clamoring for him to get an opportunity, and even though fans love seeing a local product playing for the hometown team, the coaching staff couldn’t care less. While he’s been a great contributor on special teams, Williams has struggled at times as a wide...

THE NICKEL PACKAGE: 5 Things to Look for Tonight

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The Ravens will make their home preseason debut tonight at M&T Bank Stadium where thousands of fans will experience for the first time the enhancements made to the building intended to “enhance the fan experience.” While they are observing and evaluating the new creature comforts they might also want to focus in on the performances of these players: 1. Pernell McPhee had a very productive rookie campaign in 2011 but his play slipped a bit in 2012 due in part to knee problems that derailed his offseason conditioning program. McPhee...

Lardarius Webb Is Nearing His Old Form

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Lardarius Webb’s progression on the field from his second torn ACL in four-years has been exciting (and encouraging) to watch. Last season during a Week 6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Webb was assigned to Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant during the first quarter of the game. The two collided knees on an 18-yard comeback route. Immediately, Webb dropped to the ground, clutching his knee. At the time, Webb’s injury was not only thought to be detrimental to the Ravens defense, but to Webb’s career as well. Fortunately, neither was the...

Camp Notes: Yanda Returns, Homecoming for Stokley

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Welcome Back Brandon Stokley As practice began on Monday afternoon, an old but familiar face once again stood on the field. Donning a No. 80 jersey that he once wore as a member of the Ravens Super Bowl XXXV team, Brandon Stokley stood next to two of the newer faces of the franchise, wide receiver Torrey Smith and cornerback Lardarius Webb. Stokley saw plenty of action in his first day of practice and wasn’t necessarily assigned to one specific offensive team, practicing in formations with receivers with the likes of...

Mellette Digs Out Of Harbaugh’s Dog House

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It has been a roller-coaster type of week for Ravens rookie wide receiver Aaron Mellette. On Thursday, Mellette caught his first career NFL touchdown — the only pass thrown his way. The following practice, coach John Harbaugh tore him a new one. “Get number 13 off the field,” Harbaugh yelled to the sidelines, criticizing Mellette on a field in front of fans watching practice on a small hill near the sidelines. “He’s lackadaisical and lazy, get number 13 off the field.” Mellette was just one of a handful of players...

Ravens Rookies Get a Taste of the M&T Experience

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On Sunday, over 25,000 fans entered M&T Bank Stadium to not bare witness to the new renovations inside the stadium, but they also were able to see their team in the final open practice of the preseason.  For the rookies, this was their first time performing in front of the hometown fans, and they were impressed to say the least. First-round pick Matt Elam praised the fans for their support. “I can see how loyal the fans are here during practice,” Elam said. “I can only imagine how they are...

Communication Is Primary Key For Secondary

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Throughout training camp, the secondary for the Baltimore Ravens has been one of their top performing groups. Unfortunately, for the first-team defensive backfield, that didn’t translate well during Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fortunately for the Ravens, the struggles that they endured were all coachable, as the team had multiple breakdowns communication-wise, which was expected with such a tremendous amount of turnover from last year’s group. Following Saturday’s practice, John Harbaugh assessed his priorities as they relate to the secondary. “First of all, talent, secondly, individual technique...

CAMP NOTES: Ticked Off and Picked Off

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Saturday’s training camp practice was quite an eventful one. Let’s get to the details. Don’t Ask John Harbaugh About Injuries As fans await the injury status of running back Bernard Pierce and wide receiver Deonte Thompson, head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t feel like talking about it. “No comment on any injury situation,” Harbaugh said following Saturday’s practice. “It’s training camp. If it’s something serious, I’ll let you know. I’m not going to get into every knick or bruise that we have on our team.” Update: The Baltimore Sun has reported...

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...
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