The Baltimore Ravens returned to the practice field for the start of Organized Team Activities last week.
While these early offseason practices may seem unimportant to the casual fan, OTAs serve an important role in the NFL offseason.
A huge component of OTAs is ensuring that players are in good physical shape. The middle of last week saw some intense heat in Baltimore, which can hurt any players who haven't been wise about managing their weight or conditioning during the offseason.
Even as the defending Super Bowl champions, head coach John Harbaugh didn't go easy on his team in temperatures that went into to the mid-80s. All practices were tough and up-tempo, a strategy that will help to ensure the Ravens are ready for the brutal conditions of training camp in a couple of months.
With practices concluded for Memorial Day weekend, the Ravens won't be getting back to OTAs until Tuesday, May 29. For now though, here's a look at the Ravens' player reports and analysis from their first week of OTAs.