Thanks to new WNST.net contributing writer Ryan Chell for filing today’s report. Ryan will be contributing with on-air notes and live reports during his current Summer internship. He has also contributed to the Carroll County Times.
OWINGS MILLS-The Ravens had some new faces on the field Wednesday for their rookie minicamp drills, but there were also some anticipation around a free agent the Ravens have been close to signing who has not yet made his presence known at the facility.
With workouts today consisting of rookies and fringe players, the Ravens were in desperate need of a quarterback to run drills. In came Dominic Randolph, who played his college ball at Holy Cross and was brought in to be the rookie QB. His passing stats from last year were pretty good: 310-485, 34 TDs, 15 INTs, while he was also the teams leading rusher (113 attempts, 480 yards, 4.2 avg, 7 TDs) running a spread kind of offense.
Sixth round draft pick Ramon Harewood (Morehouse State OT) injured his knee earlier in the offseason. He was on the field, but not cleared to practice according to John Harbaugh.
“He has been cleared to do some one on one stuff. We’ve got our fingers crossed for next week, and we’ll see how it goes.”
News came yesterday that the Ravens had reached out to former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham and were close to a deal, but nothing has been announced yet and Harbaugh reiterated that at his press conference afterward.
I really don’t have an update right now,” Harbaugh said. “Shayne’s a guy we’ve been in contact throughout. We’re interested in, and we’ll have to see how it plays out. I don’t want to characterize anything until it happens. It’s something I’ve learned from Ozzie (Newsome).”
Even if Graham is signed, Harbaugh said that it may be to incumbent kicker Billy Cundiff’s benefit and the move is only being done to make whoever the kicker is going to be better when the season starts.
“We’ve said before that we want to bring in a veteran kicker to compete with Billy”, said Harbaugh. “I think Billy’s had a tremendous offseason. And if you look at the way he kicked in the season, he had a very good season…Billy Cundiff is definitely a guy who can kick in this league.
He’s got leg strength, and his accuracy and mechanics are tremendously improved cause of the work he’s put in. Now if you add competition to the mix, another guy that can push another veteran kicker, two guys who have good solid mature mindsets, can handle pressure, and just see how it shakes out, that’s something we would like to do. We always like to have competition.”
The Ravens coach says the situation is the same at every position on the depth chart, not just on special teams.
“It’s been a process”, noted Harbaugh. “We’ve tried to upgrade every position, and the kicking position being one of those.”
Notes: Amongst the veterans practicing today were WR Eron Riley and DL William Van De Steeg…CB Lardarius Webb (knee), CB Fabian Washington (knee) and DT Haloti Ngata (chest) were present at 1 Winning Drive as they continue rehab…C Matt Birk and DE Paul Kruger were also present, but not working.