4:19-The Ravens will host another “Military Appreciation Day” for tomorrow afternoon’s practice. The first 200 servicepeople in uniform will receive reserved seating and a souvenir gift from the team.
The Ravens have done quite a bit to honor the military in the past; but that has only stepped up more since John Harbaugh’s trip to the middle east with the USO earlier this summer.
1:34-I did not get the chance to talk to Paul Kruger after practice (I was chatting with Fabian Washington before he joined The Bob Haynie Show); but Kruger reportedly told other members of the media he was “disappointed” by the comments made by Jets Coach Rex Ryan yesterday, and even went on to call the situation “childish.”
In fairness, if I were Kruger; I think I would probably be thinking to myself “why does this guy have a problem with me? I just want to play football.”
John Harbaugh has apparently discussed the possibility of doing something to honor Rex Ryan before Monday’s game.
12:55-Do not plan on heading to Westminster this afternoon or tomorrow morning. The Ravens will not be practicing again until 2:45 tomorrow afternoon. In the final week of Camp, there is no reason to press anything.
12:54-Le’Ron McClain had to go to the sideline at one point today after being punched in the gut accidentally by Kelly Gregg. The punch caused some cramping; but McClain says he’s feeling better and there doesn’t appear to be any cause for concern there.
12:37-The Ravens worked on end-of-half situations today; starting with “:08 left, ball on 35, 1 timeout”, and then moving to “:16 seconds left, no timeouts.” All four scenarios were converted for field goals. Steve Hauschka was your “winner” in today’s kicking battle; as connected on 4/5 attempts; including a 51 yarder that hit the crossbar on its way through. Each kicker missed from 47 (both were wide left); and Gano was again wide left from 51.
The weather was a small factor during practice today, as the heat gave away at one point to a short rainstorm. Players didn’t appear to really mind the rain, as it did cool things down if only briefly.
12:34-Not surprisingly, John Harbaugh did not have much to say about Rex Ryan’s comments yesterday regarding Paul Kruger wearing Michael McCrary’s former #99. Harbaugh did point out that the Ravens will not be allowing anyone to wear #57 this season in honor of O.J. Brigance; who has been in inspiration for the team while battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
12:31-Still 5 quarterbacks on the roster with Cleo Lemon and Drew Willy each back on the McDaniel College practice fields today. But Cam Cameron made it evident that the Ravens were not trying to find reps for all 5 QB’s, and that they really have just 3 QB’s (Joe Flacco, Troy Smith, John Beck).
Speaking of Beck, he continues to work his way back to health; throwing even deeper balls today (including 20-30 yard fade routes in passing drills). He looks like he’s on track to be ready for Monday Night Football.
12:29-Chris Carr DID return to practice today; after dealing with back spasms the last few. Carr didn’t participate with the defense; but was out there during special teams drills in his role as kick returner. Carr will likely work his way back into defensive drills through the week.
12:25-No other surprises missing practice today. Terrell Suggs and Mark Clayton remain out; along with Stefan Rodgers. WR Biren Ealy was a no go again today; but there was no shortage of other receivers to make plays.
Maybe the story of Training Camp could be the rise of Kelley Washington. Say what you want about his over the top celebrations; but the former Bengal and Patriot has shown himself to be a capable receiver. In fact, if Monday night’s game against the Jets were actually a real game; I’d have to imagine Washington would be the starting receiver opposite Derrick Mason. There’s at least a chance he will be when the Chiefs come to town September 13.
12:22-Maybe the least surprising sight at practice today was Demetrius Williams in shorts and no pads during the early morning walkthrough; then departing for the locker room before the practice actually started. There must be a frustration level setting in with Williams and the coaching staff; as it continues to be a battle to keep him on the field. Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens brass were adament this offseason in their support for D. Williams, trying to tell anyone who would listen that they believed he would be a special player. But as D-Will continues to deal with hamstring issues, you can’t help but think “when do we get to see it from him?”