OWINGS MILLS – Both the Ravens and the local media had to exercise some patience Thursday at One Winning Drive as everyone waited for the new CBA to be ratified. Finally, the ratification occurred late in the afternoon, thus starting the NFL calendar year and allowing all players, including those who were restricted and unrestricted free agents this past offseason, to participate in Training Camp.
Marshal Yanda practiced for the first time since signing a long-term deal with Baltimore. Chris Carr got in on the action. Dominique Foxworth participated in practice for the second day in a row after expressing frustration over his knee.
Jimmy Smith watched practice in shorts, but he was doing some individual drills along the sideline, which he was not doing the past few days. His injury is still not considered to be serious, but with each day he misses, the chances of him starting the season as the number one or number two cornerback seem to decrease.
Marcus Pollard also made his Ravens debut, at least in practice. He made quite an impression, flying all over the field and sticking to his reputation of being a hard hitter and strong blitzer.
“He’s a big physical player,” Coach Harbaugh said. “He’s a hard-nosed guy. I think he does have a lot to prove. He’s got a lot of pride. I think he’s proud to be a part of this team now, and I think he thinks it fits his personality. Of course we agree, that’s why he’s here, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.”
Pollard met with the Baltimore media for the first time, and he seemed satisfied with his first day in purple and black.
“(I was) flying around,” Pollard said. “Trying to learn this thing. I’m eager to learn this system. I’ve got a few calls down…The biggest thing is playing fast, practicing fast.”
Pollard discussed why he chose to come to Baltimore.
“The biggest thing is just me knowing the type of player I am and the team that would allow me to be that player and not hold back.”
Ed Reed gave his thoughts on how he thinks Pollard will fit in with the team.
“We’ll see,” Reed said. “You never know until a guy gets on the field. The AFC North is different football.”
As all Ravens fans know, Ed Reed certainly has a point. But from what I saw of and heard from Bernard Pollard today, he’ll fit right in here as a member of the Ravens defense.
“I’m going to hit you,” Pollard said. “I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get the ball…I don’t want anything handed to me. I’m the type of dude that will hit you in the mouth and take it from you.”