Rookie Camp: “You Better Man Up!”

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Crockett Gillmore, Ravens Rookie Camp (Photo Credit: Shawn Hubbard/Baltimore Ravens)

OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens seventh-round pick Michael Campanaro said Friday that he feels like a freshman in college again.

Ravens rookies arrived in Baltimore Sunday. Since then, they have gotten their jerseys and equipment. They have gone through orientations and meetings. They have moved into where they will be living in the short-term. They have gone through the process of meeting their new teammates and coaches. And on Friday, they went through their first official practice of rookie minicamp as they attempt to acclimate themselves with Baltimore’s playbook as much as possible before the Ravens’ first organized team activity (OTA) begins later this month.

“It’s been a lot,” Campanaro said. “Just getting in the playbook. Getting a lot thrown at us right now. … But it’s been good just getting to meet some of the older guys, work out with the guys and get the playbook.”

“It’s been a busy week,” added second-round defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. “But it’s what I expected. That’s what comes with being a pro.”

The main challenge is learning the playbook in time for that first OTA.

The rookie minicamp practices are relatively basic, more focused on installation and getting the rookies up to speed as quickly as possible.

“It was fast, but it’s football,” Jernigan said.

Things will pick up even more for the rookies in a couple weeks. But for right now, it is all about learning the playbook and acclimating to the Ravens’ way of doing things while going through the rest of this freshman-like process.

“You’re definitely new to it, but you’ve got to understand this is a professional game,” third-round tight end Crockett Gillmore said. “You’re not a freshman anymore. You’re not 18-years old. You better man up and come to work.”

 

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