The Ravens held the first of two consecutive padded (limited contact) practices versus the Rams on Monday.
Do you prefer offense or defense?
After some team and positional drills, the teams split, with the Rams offense squaring off against the Ravens defense and vice versa. It’s nice to increase the level of competition for both squads, but as an observer, I had to choose and watched the Ravens offense for much of practice.
Immediately apparent was the higher level of pressure applied by both pass rushes. During practices involving the Ravens only, Joe Flacco referred to some “brother-in-law” play among the offensive and defensive linemen, which results in less pressure. On one of the first snaps of 11-on-11 for the Ravens defense, Terrell Suggs burst past the RT into Jared Goff’s face for what would have been a sack. Game on!
Other defensive notes in my brief stay on that side of the field:
— Kamalei Correa had an end-zone PD of a pass from Jared Goff.
— Brandon Williams penetrated to blow up a run left.
— Chris Wormley generated pressure that might have been a sack. He followed that up with another pressure to chase Brandon Allen right from the pocket where he threw incomplete.
— Zach Sieler chased Sean Mannion left from the pocket where he threw incomplete.
— Tyus Bowser and the rest of the defense failed to hold the left edge on a run play.
Let’s go watch some offense.
Offensive Line Usage
Marshal Yanda was on the field for positional drills, but did not participate in 11-on-11 action. Two players who saw extensive time in the HoF game also missed practice, Randin Crecelius (a G who played LT versus the Bears) and Maurice Shakir, who split the bulk of the night between LG and C.
Senat has been back at practice since the HoF game and it appears the Ravens want to get him as many practice reps as possible. He was beaten inside by Ejuan Price for a pressure in 11-on-11 drills.
The Ravens had a difficult time protecting the pocket with either the 1st or 2nd group, which led to a difficult passing day for each of the 3 QBs, but Lamar Jackson in particular.
The Rams didn’t make it easy for Jackson to recover from his poor showing in the HoF game, but his troubles started with some unpressured inaccuracy in 7-on-7 drills.
The term “7-on-7” is generalized to describe passing drills run without a pass rush. In fact, the offense plays with just 6 players (a QB and 5 eligible receivers), since a coach flips the ball to the QB to simulate the snap. The defense may play with 6, 7, or 8 defenders to simulate different pass rushes and coverage schemes.
Jackson’s highlight was a 15-yard TD to Chris Moore who was wide open in the back left corner of the end zone. Other notes on Lamar’s day:
— I did not see run ad-lib or designed on any 11-on-11 rep. This was a day without tackling, so Jackson would not have been imperiled by running. I just think the coaches want to see him learn to progress through reads from the pocket with this live-fire opportunity.
— He hit Snead on a crisp slant in 7-on-7.
— He was late in his throw to Mark Andrews (15 yards between numbers and left hash) and the ball fell incomplete behind the TE still 7-on-7).
— Moving to 11-on-11 snaps, with a close galley behind the play, he tried to escape the pocket and ran out of space, sack.
— He threw a long, wobbly pass for Anthony Levrone down the right sideline which fell incomplete.
— Perhaps nothing epitomized his day better than his 4-play sequence in the situational drill start 1st and 10 at his own 25 with 1:11 remaining:
- 1/10: Pass batted down at the LoS
- 2/10: Another pass batted down at the LoS
- 3/10: Short pass incomplete between the numbers and left hash
- 4/10: Overthrew Jordan Lasley 35 yards down the right sideline
Notes by player from 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills
Joe Flacco hit John Brown on a 25-yard pass in the middle of the field. He also took off running when he was pressured left from the pocket for a gain of 15.
Willie Snead was Flacco’s favorite target. He caught a variety of slants, crossing routes, and comebacks, most of which were between the numbers.
Gus Edwards, who was one of the team’s best performers on Thursday, fumbled twice against the Rams.
Siragusa and Robert Griffin fumbled a snap.
Hayden Hurst caught a low throw that may have hit the ground first. The Rams defenders shouted “incomplete”.
The practice as a whole and the appeal for the incomplete pass reminded me of the scored offense vs defense practices of years past. Despite the general defensive domination that helped bring an end to the scoring, the defenders never had a problem complaining about a call.