Baltimore Ravens Training Camp News and Notes: August 13
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Ravens resumed practice at their headquarters today, after practicing in front of more than 20,000 fans at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday.
It wasn't the crispest practice they've had, but Baltimore still was able to get looks at players in different positions than they've been used to.
Other than Marshal Yanda (right guard) and Matt Birk (center), the three other lineman positions have yet to be set. Oher and Osemele looked fine at left and right tackle, and McKinnie is getting better (and lighter) each day.
John Harbaugh talked about the mixing and matching going on at the position, saying "We're gonna work different combinations."
Speaking of linemen, the defensive line showed its depth as Ma'ake Kemoeatu took the first-team reps at nose tackle, while Arthur Jones was the starting defensive end. Outside linebacker Albert McClellan also got reps at defensive end, showing how unpredictable this Ravens defense is.
After practice, defensive line coach Clarence Brooks was asked about what it was like to lose Jarret Johnson (to San Diego). Brooks said, "People come and people go." He mentioned that while the Ravens lost the veteran Johnson, they gained the veteran Kemoeatu (who was a Raven from 2002-05).
Brooks also validated how deep Baltimore's defensive line is, saying he feels good about getting a pass rush even without Terrell Suggs.
Haloti Ngata continued to impress, as he showed good lateral quickness and the ability to blow past and through blockers. Still, Ngata says he's just trying to do his part. "If I try to do more than my own job, I find myself messing up the whole defense."
Offensively, Joe Flacco had some nice touchdowns but also threw a couple of interceptions. Early on, he hit LaQuan Williams on a post route for a touchdown, right in between Ed Reed and Jimmy Smith. Another Flacco highlight came when he completed a pass of over 50 yards to Anquan Boldin down the left sideline, beating Smith's coverage.
Flacco did a good job using a dummy snap count to see what the defensive pressure and coverages were so he could re-direct his offensive players.
The defensive backs made some plays of their own as well. Lardarius Webb make a quick jump to intercept a pass from Flacco to Deonte Thompson. Safety Sean Considine and defensive tackle Bryan Hall were also among those who had interceptions today.
The Ravens will practice tomorrow and Wednesday before making their final preparations for the Lions during a Thursday walk-through.
- Billy Cundiff was 5-for-7 on field goal attempts, missing two shorter attempts (one because of a high snap).
- Justin Tucker was 6-for-7 on field goal attempts.
- Harbaugh took some mock reps as a defensive back when the quarterbacks and receivers were practicing red zone patterns.
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