Camp Notes

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...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: ‘Embrace the grind’

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Cornerback Jimmy Smith missed practice due to a back injury suffered during an indoor practice Thursday afternoon. “Jimmy’s back locked up,” Harbaugh said. “It’s all muscular. It’s something that happened to him in college. It takes a couple of days usually for that to loosen up.” Defensive end Arthur Jones was out the past two practices with a hip flexor injury. He had a magnetic resonance imaging exam, which revealed no tear and that it’s only a strained muscle. “He had a hip flexor issue that he’s been fighting through...

CAMP NOTES: Day 8 Berry begins to shine

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After battling the heat throughout camp, Coach Harbaugh decided to bring players and the fans inside for today’s practice at the Under Armour Performance Center. Having 90-players on the field, the focus of practice went to more full team drills, which consisted of practicing in two-minute and other situational drills.  It was harder to take in depth notes due to the media having a limited view from being stationed at one corner of the field all day but there are some interesting notes to pass along. Jimmy Smith left practice...

Kelechi Osemele off to fast start

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OWINGS MILLS — Sergio Kindle kept spinning like a whirling dervish, haplessly turning his body in vain as he tried to elude the grasp of Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele. At every angle and turn, his charge was met by a powerful hand punch from Osemele reinforced by the torque and sound technique of a well-schooled 6-foot-5, 335-pounder. It was an exercise in frustration for Kindle during a pass-rushing drill Thursday afternoon akin to running into a mobile brick wall capable of mirroring his every step. Kindle never...

CAMP NOTEBOOK: Jimmy Smith leaves practice with apparent back injury

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith crumpled to the ground in a heap Thursday afternoon, staying down for a while before leaving the indoor practice field to get examined. He didn’t return. Although there was no formal diagnosis of what happened to the former first-round draft pick. Smith might have suffered a back injury. "I don’t know," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "I didn’t find out afterwards. He just went down and grabbed his back. That’s all I saw. I don’t really know any extent of it." Smith...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Pernell McPhee returns to practice

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OWINGS MILLS — Pernell McPhee isn’t chasing down quarterbacks just yet. That day isn’t far off, though, as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive end returned to practice for the first time since the spring when he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. The team limited his work to individual drills and running as he was activated from the physically unable to perform list Having McPhee back for the first time since May makes the competition with Arthur Jones at left defensive end more interesting, and it injects the defense with a stronger pass...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Cundiff falls behind Tucker

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his right hand after a magnetic resonance imaging exam confirmed a broken bone. Pitta is slated to be out for the next four to six weeks, a timetable that should allow him to return in time for the Ravens’ Sept. 10 season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. "Just kind of what we thought, as it turns out," coach John Harbaugh said. "We’ll be shooting for the first regular-season game. If it’s sooner than that, that would be...

CAMP NOTES: The race for second?

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No one is stepping up to grab the lead in the battle for No. 2 running back – check that, no one that you might expect to grab the lead has stepped up. Damien Berry seems to show the most upside while Anthony Allen struggles. Bernard Pierce has been nearly invisible and yesterday was sidelined with a nagging hamstring. While this competition is going nowhere fast, the most noticeable backup to Ray Rice is Bobby Rainey. Actually, it’s not even close. On the field Rainey’s frame reminds many of Rice...

CAMP NOTES: Near fisticuffs in Owings Mills

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During warm ups yesterday Ed Reed let a coach’s pass slip right through his hands and hit him “just below the belt line.” Reed went down and stayed there for a bit. A couple people on the sidelines seemed concerned initially not knowing what happened. After a long two minutes for Reed, he got up and practiced without incident. Reed actually had a very good practice and was an enthusiastic while shouting the change of pace scream in the song Renegade by Styx. Steelers’ fans reading this are likely chuckling…...

CAMP NOTES: Offense Struggles to Hold On

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Practice was shorter for the Ravens but the time they did spend on the field was some of the most active action we’ve seen during training camp. The biggest news for the day was that Pernell McPhee returned to practice after having some minor surgery on his knee. McPhee along with Art Jones are expected to share time at defensive end and help fill the spot vacated by Cory Redding this past offseason along with newcomer Ryan McBean. Kicking: Justin Tucker once again had a great practice and went 6...

Nigel Carr: ‘I’m Going To Put On A Show During Preseason’

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As a four-star recruit out of high school, Nigel Carr attended Florida State with the intentions of being a standout linebacker. However, as a Seminole Carr did exactly that but for all the wrong reasons. After being charged on five felony counts including two for burglary, property damage, theft of a credit card and fraud, Carr found himself immediately dismissed from the football team and spent his spare time locked up behind bars instead  of locked up with opposing offensive linemen. While Carr tried to stay away from jail, prospective...

CAMP NOTES: Two minute offense results

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From time to time throughout camp we will post the results of one-on-one matchups as well as the results of the 2 minute offense. This can be fast and furious at times and from the vantage point given to the media, it is very difficult to be 100% precise with the yard markings. Back when camp was held in Westminster, the media could traverse the sideline and follow the play from the line of scrimmage. Now that there are roped off areas for fans we are no longer able to...

Training Camp Q&A – You ask, we answer

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As fans, we know how much of a disappointment it is to have training camp officially leave Westminster. Since day one, 24×7 has taken pride in being a fan site and we try to deliver the content that people like us – fans – want to see.   At 24×7, we want to put Ravens fans in control of what we report and talk about. Throughout training camp, we will do our best to address your questions submitted through our message board and Facebook page. It is our goal to...

CAMP NOTES: A Bad Break For The Ravens

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The major story of Bryant McKinnie’s arrival in Owings Mills will have to take a back seat to some news coach John Harbaugh dropped during his post-practice podium session. Harbaugh announced that tight end Dennis Pitta may have suffered a broken hand during practice today. Pitta was seen leaving the field with a trainer roughly an hour into practice and didn’t return. Initial thoughts from Harbaugh suggest that Pitta should be ready for the season opener September 10th versus Cincinnati if the hand is indeed broken. Even it doesn’t appear...

RAVENS TRAINING CAMP REPORT: Day 5

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens veteran offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie plans to report to training camp Monday after missing the first three days of practice for personal reasons, according to representatives of the former Pro Bowl blocker. McKinnie, 32, has been dealing with an apparent back problem and had his chiropractor contact team officials. The Ravens regard McKinnie’s situation as an unexcused absence, placing him on the reserve/did not report list. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, McKinnie has been fined $30,000 per day. Veterans reported to camp...

CAMP NOTES: A newcomer makes an early statement

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For the first time during the 2012 Training Camp the Ravens donned their full combat suits and engaged in some live hitting. The best shots of the day were delivered by Bernard Pollard and Emanuel Cook. That said it wasn’t enough to please defensive line coach Clarence Brooks who was irate over the defensive line’s poor tackling. These eyes have never seen the mild-mannered Brooks so chapped and he delivered a tongue-lashing that Jon Gruden would have been proud of. Corey Graham was brought to the Ravens for his plus...

Ravens Training Camp Notebook: Osemele activated from physically unable to perform list

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was activated from the physically unable to perform list after being sidelined this week with back spasms. The second-round draft pick from Iowa State practiced Friday for the first time since initially getting hurt during an organized team activity in May. Osemele lined up at right offensive tackle with the first-team offense and didn’t look that rusty, displaying a powerful hand punch and sound footwork. "This was a good day to get him back," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We...

CAMP NOTES: Sergio Shines!

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Ok, let’s get this out of the way because as a fan of the Ravens, I’m sick of the name Bryant McKinnie and the focus should be on the field and not his ample hind parts! McKinnie is a mess! He’s up to his ass in alligator creditors who he apparently intends to stiff; probably doesn’t want to come back to the team because his $200,000 game checks could all be handed over to said creditors; he’s allegedly partying in South Beach the day before he is supposed to report...

CAMP NOTES: One-on-One Battles

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From time to time throughout camp we will post the results of one-on-one matchups as well as the results of the 2 minute offense. This can be fast and furious at times and from the vantage point given to the media, it is very difficult to be 100% precise with the yard markings. Back when camp was held in Westminster, the media could traverse the sideline and follow the play from the line of scrimmage. Now that there are roped off areas for fans we are no longer able to...