By Yvette James // @lissalisa29
Saturday, August 5, 2017
The Baltimore Ravens had their second open practice for the public this past Saturday at the Navy Stadium in Annapolis, MD. I made the trip with my nephews.
There was a sizeable amount of fans there for Military Appreciation Day. They had it set up similar to practice at M&T Stadium last weekend.
The practice started at 6pm with the team doing stretches in each of their groups. They then began the workouts in their individual drills.
There were position battles, such as blocking for the quarterback, as to where the offensive linemen had to be in order to stop the defensive linemen from getting to him. Ronnie Stanley in his second yr held his own, as well as, some rookies. Ryan Jensen who will be our starting center was impressive but we will see how well he does once the season starts.
The highlight of the practice was former Navy midshipman’s Kennan Reynolds who was catching every ball that was thrown to him while in traffic. He made some good grabs. It was also good to see Michael Campanaro out on the field running routes.
There were some familiar faces at the practice as well. Ed Reed, fullback Vonta Leach and Jermaine Lewis were all in attendance and spoke to the fans which was great to see. Some notable veterans were not at practice.
The first preseason game (Thursday, August 10 vs Washington Redskins) will be the first test for the rookies and undrafted free agents to improve their stock in making the team or at least the practice squad. I shall be in attendance to see how well they do when the real pads are on and the hits are allowed.
The running backs were running crisp and getting through without hesitation which was good to see. I’m hoping that we will have a balanced attacking game plan that includes running the ball more efficiently and effectively to open up the passing game.
Both the defense and offense need to work together. The offense has to play better to give the defense a rest and the defense needs to play better when the offense has a lead. We need to play both halves perfectly. We can no longer be a one dimensional team as if we are Jekyll and Hyde. So, here’s to the upcoming season and best of luck to those who make the team.
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