The Ravens continued their joint practices with the Rams today. We split up and I covered the Ravens offense/Rams defense. More notes on the Rams offense/Ravens defense will be coming in a bit. For now…
— This is the most action I’ve seen rookie wideout Jordan Lasley receive since joining the team; he was running most of the route tree and even made a couple acrobatic catches. He will be very useful if he can clean up the mistakes.
— Joe Flacco started practice today with an interception to Aqib Talib in the red zone. After that, he lit up the gritty Rams defense. He delivered precise strikes to a bevy of receivers, with the perfect amount of short passes to his running backs.
— Robert Griffin III continues to show why the Ravens need to keep three quarterbacks; he was accurate and mobile to keep the offense humming in 11-on-11 drills. Lamar Jackson was impressive as well, breaking off for a long run with a beautiful fake pitch to throw off the defender. Jackson still needs copious amounts of work on passes over 20-yards, and his mechanics need to be tweaked. There is no quarterback competition in Baltimore, contrary to the bogus story the national media is pushing.
— Alex Collins wowed everyone at the beginning of practice by bursting through the gaps the offensive line gave him and giving the Rams defensive backs a bit of contact, which gave way to roaring cheers from the crowd. Collins is ready for the regular season, and he looks primed to have a big one.
— As the temperature flared during practice, so too did tempers on both teams. There were a couple scuffles, neither of which involved Michael Crabtree or Aqib Talib. One was a smaller scuffle in which a Ravens lineman pushed a Rams lineman, and a larger fight came later on after a Gus Edwards run. The Ravens coaching staff and PR department can certainly take a sigh of relief as nothing serious went down.
— Hayden Hurst had a day for the highlight reels. He caught a couple touchdowns early in 7-on-7 drills, then in 11-on-11 drills he made a diving sideline grab that was contested, as well as two catches down the seam with perfect passes from Flacco. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg heaped praise on Hurst, saying his improvement as an in-line blocker and a receiver has been incredible in this short period of time.