Camp Notes

Notes from Ravens practice at Stevenson University

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The Ravens made their last stop of their training camp tour as they practiced at Stevenson University, just minutes away from their Owings Mills team headquarters. The practice was the third public appearance the Ravens have made during their preseason preparations but was not open for general admission due to limited space inside of the 3,500-seat facility. Roll Call Torrey Smith made his return after sitting out of Friday’s preseason home opener against the Detroit Lions. After the game, Coach John Harbaugh said that Vonta Leach and LaQuan Williams suffered...

CAMP NOTES: During No-Huddle Drills, Passes and Fists Were Thrown

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It only took three weeks but the Ravens finally had their first training camp fight. During the offseason, Ravens defensive end Art Jones uses mixed martial arts to prepare for the upcoming season. Jones trains in New Mexico with his brother, UFC Champion, Jon “Bones” Jones. The UFC Champ would be proud of his brother as Jones and rookie center Gino Gradkowski got mixed it up on the turf at the Under Armour Performance Center after a no-huddle drill. Gradkowski, who earlier in camp had a shoving match with Terrence...

Fists fly and Terrance Cody auditions for punt returner

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It only took almost a month but tempers finally flared enough today for the first fight at the Under Armour Performance Center – and it was a good one. After the fight, we posted a quick blog that you can read here for more details. Camp Notes: During No-Huddle Drills, fists thrown along with passes Here are some other, non-fight related, notes from Wednesday’s practice. Terrence Cody The Punt Returner? Practice was cut nearly 45 minutes short today, some of which may have been a result of the fight. To...

CAMP NOTES: From August 14

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As the Ravens begin to work on more in-depth plays and move away from individual drills, certain players are starting to stand out as potential practice squad or more frequently used players. Not many notable things happened today at practice but a few things are highlight worthy: No Huddle Offense For the past two practices, the Ravens offense has been working from the no-huddle for a decent portion of practice. With quarterback Joe Flacco’s development under center, he’s able to call out more plays from the line and adjust where...

Offensive line sports a new – but old – look

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Bryant McKinnie may have served his time with the second-team offensive line. McKinnie took over with the first offensive line as the team shifted players around to account for the loss of Bobbie Williams, who was given two days off by the team to reduce swelling in his ankle. The Ravens replaced Williams with second-round pick Kelechi Osemele, who had been working as the starting right tackle the past few weeks. Moving Osemele to guard gave the Ravens the option Michael Oher back to right tackle, which would give McKinnie...

Cundiff digs himself a hole, McKinnie with the ones, and we finally found Jah!

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After a successful open practice in Annapolis, which drew over 20,000 fans, the Ravens returned to Owings Mills as players once again battled the summer heat – and each other – for their jobs. Today’s camp did lead to plenty of storylines as the Ravens kicking battle appears to favor one kicker over the other and the team may have had the majority of it’s starting offensive line on the field today. Let’s get to the details: Kicking At no point throughout training camp has rookie Justin Tucker been outkicked...

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Practice at the Naval Academy

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For the first time in team history, the Ravens held an open training camp practice at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The blue stadium seats were filled with plenty of fans in purple today, as the announced attendance for the teams second and final, fully open public practice was 20,335. Roll Call Torrey Smith returned to practice after spraining his ankle on Thursday against the Falcons. Smith was in full uniform and ran during some individual exercises but was held out of any contact drills. Missing from practice...

Asa Jackson turning heads despite small stature

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Unlike most players in the NFL, if Ravens rookie cornerback Asa Jackson walked by you on the street, you’d have no idea he was a professional football player. Jackson is listed as 5’ 10,” 190 by the Ravens, but if there was a tape measure nearby, it would probably read differently. What Jackson lacks in prototypical height, he makes up for in athleticism. During the NFL combine, Jackson ran a sub 4.5-second 40-yard dash, had 19 reps on the 225-pound bench press and had a vertical leap of 34.5 inches. Throughout training camp, the...

CAMP NOTES: Atlanta hangover

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Even though the Ravens left Atlanta with a victory, plenty of errors from the players that matter the most were evident throughout the first quarter. The Ravens were outgained 192 to 9 in total offensive yards that quarter and the disappointment was evident on coach John Harbaugh’s face as he stood on the sidelines. Today’s practice marked the return of many players who weren’t on the field from Thursday’s game. Even though they were in pads, Bernard Pierce, Matt Birk, Courtney Upshaw and Jimmy Smith didn’t participate in full squad...

Preseason Game 1 Recap: Ravens @ Falcons

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The Ravens traveled to Atlanta for their first preseason game and could finally hit someone in a different jersey; however, most of the starters left the field kicking themselves. Even though the Ravens ended up beating the Falcons 31-17, the victory came largely at the hands of the backups as opposed to those of the starters. When the first team squads exited for the Ravens, they trailed 17-7 heading into halftime. Not much thought should be placed into it but the Ravens reserve players did outscore the Falcons 24-0 in...

RAVENS @ FALCONS: What to watch for on Offense

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For fans, preseason games may be a waste of money and boring – for those looking to impress and pop out on coach’s film, it’s their Super Bowl. Currently, the Ravens have 26 rookies on their roster and with minimal contact rules in the newest CBA, it’s hard to really gauge with a high degree of certainty how well a player is doing until the threat of live contact is introduced. After spending every day out at Training Camp 2012, here is a viewer’s guide to who you should take...

CAMP NOTES: Tune up for Atlanta

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The Ravens practiced inside on Tuesday in shorts, jerseys and shells. Space is limited particularly when the team is carrying 90 players. Consequently the quarterbacks warmed up close to the corner where the media gathers. As a testament to how relaxed Joe Flacco is these days, he intentionally fired a laser over the heads of the media and into the wall in order to startle the group. Luckily I was watching. Those who weren’t, well let’s just say they were victims. “I just wanted to see if I could scare...

RAVENS @ FALCONS: What to watch for on Defense

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On Thursday night in Atlanta some veterans and many newcomers will take center stage under the bright lights of the Georgia Dome looking to impress and build their individual cases to be among the final 53 on the Ravens roster. Some will get their first dose of the legendary speed of the NFL. Those who adapt the best physically and mentally will make their mark. Others may experience the bitter taste of meaningful failure in their athletic careers for the first time. Throughout training camp we’ve been your eyes and ears through...

CAMP NOTES: Charting situational plays and results

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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. That said the results of Friday’s practice are posted below along with individual stats. Generally speaking Joe Flacco’s workload is roughly double that of backups Tyrod Taylor and Curtis Painter combined. Where plays are marked dead are either estimates or marked by the coaching staff.   Quarterback ...

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

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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 Thompson…Sean Considine is the...

Ngata on the mend

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Baltimore ~ Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said he’s on track to participate fully Monday after being limited the past two days since passing the conditioning test. Ngata was activated from the physically unable to perform list Friday. "I’m way excited to be able to be out there," Ngata said. "I’m excited to get back out there Monday." Ngata is getting over a hamstring injury sustained when he initially tried to take the conditioning test, a series of timed running intervals. "Yeah, it sucked. You’re running and you feel...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Ravens M.A.S.H. Report

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Thirteen players didn’t practice during the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium. That includes running back Bernard Pierce (hamstring), wide receivers Tandon Doss (hamstring), David Reed (ACL surgery) and Patrick Williams (undisclosed), tight end Dennis Pitta (broken right hand), center Matt Birk (back spasms), offensive lineman Jah Reid (strained right calf), cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (back) and Cary Williams, linebackers Josh Bynes (undisclosed), Terrell Suggs (partially torn Achilles tendon) and defensive end Arthur Jones (strained hip flexor). Birk said his back is beginning to loosen up. He’s missed the past six...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Ravens hold open practice, Harbaugh: ‘Joe was on the money’

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BALTIMORE — Jacoby Jones broke toward the left corner of the end zone, racing past rookie cornerback Jordan Mabin to create enough space for Joe Flacco to lob him the football. Jones’ burgeoning chemistry with Flacco was on display as the veteran wide receiver hauled in a back-shoulder touchdown catch on a fade route. It was a crisp moment during the Baltimore Ravens’ open practice Saturday night before 20,324 at M&T Bank Stadium. And it was a much different experience for Jones than the last time he played in this...

Corey Graham beginning to look like a steal for Ravens

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OWINGS MILLS — Joe Flacco zeroed in on his intended target, confident that he could rifle the football into the waiting hands of wide receiver Tandon Doss. The Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback was mistaken, though. Veteran cornerback Corey Graham anticipated the pass, instinctively bursting in front of Doss for the interception last week. And Graham punctuated the turnover by racing into the end zone, having a bit of fun by taunting Flacco as he pursued him in vain. It wasn’t an aberration for the Pro Bowl special-teams ace. It’s practically been...

Birk expected to miss first preseason game due to back spasms

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OWINGS MILLS — Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk missed his fifth consecutive practice Friday due to back spasms, an ailment expected to keep him out until after the Baltimore Ravens’ first preseason game next week. Birk underwent surgery during the offseason to address varicose veins in his legs. Now, the 36-year-old is dealing with a back problem as the Ravens prepare for next Thursday’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. “Matt is resting,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He had some back spasms, too. It’s...