Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Training Camp Dates & Passing Camp Notebook

June 08, 2010 | Glenn Clark

3:00-The Ravens have cut OLB William VanDeSteeg. This means they will have no one on their roster with lower case letters on the back of their jersey. I’m sorry if you already read me use that on Twitter (@WNST).

1:30-Here are some notes from practice today:

-A number of veterans were not present today for various reasons. Amongst those that were undisclosed were: LB Ray Lewis, DE Trevor Pryce, S Ed Reed, FB Le’Ron McClain, OT Oniel Cousins, C Matt Birk, LB Jarret Johnson and RB Willis McGahee

-OT Jared Gaither was also not present today. He was here yesterday and practiced according to John Harbaugh-who also said Gaither claimed his foot was better. Harbaugh believed today’s absence was not injury-related.

-CB Lardarius Webb (knee) and CB Fabian Washington (knee) again worked on the side today during practice. DT Haloti Ngata (chest) and DT Brandon McKinney (back) participated in individual drills, as did OT Ramon Harewood (knee). RB Matt Lawrence (knee) was dressed, but did not participate. Ngata said he believes he will be 100 percent for Training Camp.

-Harbaugh said the team has spent their final week of OTA’s working on regular season opponents. They worked on the New York Jets yesterday and the Cincinnati Bengals today. They will work on the Cleveland Browns tomorrow and the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday.

-John Harbaugh addressed the team’s loss of next week’s OTA’s in detail; explaining that during the team’s first week of OTA’s, 6 players were held too long in meetings and 2 players spent too much time on the field. Harbaugh said NFLPA Player Reps Todd Heap and Chris Carr approached him regarding the situation, and the team worked with the players and the league to resolve the issue. When asked about how much missing next week would hurt, he said “I don’t think it will hurt us at all…it’s a little bit embarrassing.”

-WNST.net’s Luke Jones was here with me at 1 Winning Drive today, he will have a full story-including player reaction-about the whistle blowing and OTA forfeit.

-Members of the Baltimore Mariners staff and Maryland Terrapins Offensive Coordinator James Franklin were on the field during practice today.

-Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will join Drew Forrester tomorrow morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST at 6:30am.

-You can hear from John Harbaugh, Derrick Mason, Shayne Graham, Domonique Foxworth, Haloti Ngata, Todd Heap and Chris Carr NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net.

11:15-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens are back at work for Passing Camp today. Before I head out to practice, I wanted to pass along the Training Camp schedule that the team released this morning. The important dates to remember for fans are:

July 27-First practice for rookies
July 30-First full team practice
Aug 2-Suite holders & Sponsors Day (not open to general public)
Aug 11-Practice not open for general public (Walk-through)
Aug 19-Final date practice is open to public
Aug 20-Camp breaks-closed to general public (Walk-through)

I’ll be back shortly with more after practice; in the meantime here’s the release:

For Immediate Release

2010 RAVENS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

The Baltimore Ravens kick off their 15th training camp at McDaniel College with two practices (8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 27, and break camp on Friday, Aug. 20. Ravens rookies, quarterbacks and select players will report to the Best Western Hotel (451 WMC Drive) on Monday, July 26, and then take part in four practices over two days – all open to fans and media – before all veterans arrive Wednesday, July 28.

On Thursday, July 29, the Ravens will hold an administrative day that is closed to the media and public. The first full-squad practices open to the public and media are scheduled for Friday, July 30, at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

The Ravens have scheduled 41 practices over their 26-day camp. Sessions are open to the media and public except on July 29 (administrative day), Aug. 11 (pre-game walk-through) and Aug. 20 (pre-game walk-through/camp breaks). Plus, on Monday, Aug. 2, the Ravens will hold their annual Suite Holders and Sponsors Day during the morning session. This practice is closed to the general public, but remains open to media members. (Note: There will not be any practices on Friday, Aug. 13, following the team’s first preseason game against Carolina.)

Baltimore opens the preseason by hosting the Panthers on Aug. 12 for a nationally-televised (ESPN) broadcast at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens then play at Washington on Aug. 21 and return home to face the New York Giants on Aug. 28. Baltimore rounds out the preseason at St. Louis on Sept. 2.

The Ravens’ final three preseason games will be televised by WBAL-TV and simulcast on MASN. The ESPN broadcast against Carolina will also air locally on WJZ-TV.

“We’re excited to get back to McDaniel [College] and do the things we need to do to be ready for the start of the season,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s a great atmosphere there with the fans up close. That adds a dimension to what we plan to achieve at camp. Training camp is the next step for our team after what we consider a very good offseason where our players worked hard. It’s all about getting better and being the best team we can be.”

The Ravens open the 2010 regular season at the New York Jets’ new Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night, Sept. 13, with the game nationally televised by ESPN. The Ravens’ difficult slate has the team opening with back-to-back road games against 2009 playoff teams. The Jets earned a spot in last year’s AFC Championship game, while Baltimore’s second opponent, the Bengals (Sept. 19), won the AFC North after sweeping the division with a 6-0 mark.

Along with the Carolina preseason game and opener at the Jets, the Ravens will play three other primetime games. Baltimore will be at Atlanta on Thursday night, Nov. 11, in a game televised by the NFL Network. The Ravens will host the Steelers on Sunday night, Dec. 5 (NBC), and then play the following Monday (Dec. 13) at the Houston Texans (ESPN).

After finishing with a 9-7 record in 2009, the Ravens produced their sixth playoff team of the decade (2000-09), third best (tied with Pittsburgh) in the AFC behind Indianapolis (nine) and New England (seven). Baltimore opened the ’09 campaign with three straight victories and won three of the last four entering the playoffs. Behind an offense that ranked ninth in NFL scoring (24.4 ppg) and a defense that finished third in total yards and points allowed (300.5 ypg/16.3 ppg), the Ravens upended the Patriots (33-14) in the Wild Card round, becoming the first road team to win a playoff game at New England since 1978. Baltimore then fell at Indy in the Divisional game (20-3). Harbaugh and QB Joe Flacco, who set the NFL record for most wins ever (13, including playoffs) by a rookie head coach starting a rookie QB in 2008, now own the league mark for earning the playoffs in their first two seasons by such a pair.

The Ravens, who have made the playoffs three of the last four seasons, have never earned the postseason three consecutive years.

Baltimore returns five Pro Bowlers from last season: LB Ray Lewis (11 Pro Bowls), S Ed Reed (six), FB Le’Ron McClain (two), DT Haloti Ngata (one) and RB Ray Rice (one). G Ben Grubbs, who earned a first-alternate Pro Bowl distinction, also returns, as does Flacco, who in 2009 became just the fourth starting quarterback since the 1970 merger to reach the playoffs in his first two seasons.

Complementing this core of standouts are C Matt BirkNT Kelly GreggTE Todd HeapOLB Jarret JohnsonS Dawan Landry, WR Derrick MasonT Michael Oher and LB Terrell Suggs. The Ravens also added Pro Bowl WR Anquan Boldin via trade this offseason and bolstered the defense’s depth with the second-round selections of OLB Sergio Kindle and DT Terrence Cody in the NFL Draft.

-G

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