Baltimore Ravens Training Camp News and Notes: August 19
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens held their third and final public practice of this preseason on the campus of Steven University this afternoon.
The team practiced in full pads two days after losing to the Detroit Lions, 27-12. After the game, John Harbaugh said outside linebacker Sergio Kindle (stinger) and wide receiver LaQuan Williams (ankle sprain) came away with injuries. Wide receiver Torrey Smith was held out of the game all together after missing the previous two days of practice.
Regarding Smith's performance today, Harbaugh said, "Torrey looked OK. He looked OK. He was a little bit tight early, but I thought he loosened up a little bit. He is just dealing with the ankle right now, so he should be good by game time."
At the beginning of the Ravens' red-zone sequence, Bryant McKinnie was the left tackle, Kelechi Osemele was the left guard, Matt Birk was the center, Gino Gradkowski was the right guard and Michael Oher was the right tackle.
When the first offense went against the first defense, Bobbie Williams (who usually plays left guard) lined up at right guard with the four other offensive lineman listed above at their respective positions.
Other than Birk, McKinnie and Marshal Yanda, it looks like all other offense linemen on the roster are being worked out at different positions. It's a good strategy to have; to develop diversity in such a physical division. Baltimore is clearly getting the most they can out of the limited practice time the new collective bargaining agreement allows them.
However defensive line coach Clarence Brooks wants to align his players, he has considerable depth to work with.
Speaking of depth, Tyrod Taylor continues to show his worth as an NFL quarterback. His footwork, mechanics, arm strength, accuracy, elusiveness and speed are evident. He lacks in-game experience for sure (1-for-1 for 18 yards in his rookie year), but shows no signs that the game is too big for him.
After practice, Taylor assessed himself and how he's played so far in his career. "Overall, my knowledge of the playbook is way ahead of where it was last year."
Although Taylor is currently a backup and would like to start eventually, he talked about how he deals with his current role. "I do have long term goals and personal goals. I just want to work hard every day and prepare now, so that when the shot comes I'll be ready."
Overall, today was a shorter practice compared to the rest of camp. But Baltimore still put in a good day of work, as they have been doing throughout the preseason. While alignments and formations aren't set in stone, the coaches seem to be starting to figure out who is fitting in well at what position.
The Ravens will return to the Under Armour Performance Center tomorrow and begin the last week of practice before the first day of cuts on Monday, Aug. 27.
- Defensive end Pernell McPhee was not at practice (personal reasons).
- Billy Cundiff was 4-of-4 on field goal attempts.
- Justin Tucker was 4-of-5 on field goal attempts, including a successful 54-yard kick.
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