Postcard from Baltimore Ravens camp
August, 13, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Here are some observations from Ravens truing camp Monday:
- The Ravens gave offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie some reps with the first team for the first time this camp. He's under 360 pounds, and the team still wants him to lose 10 more pounds.
- Billy Cundiff missed two field goals, from 24 and 34 yards. Head coach John Harbaugh explained that the miss from 24 yards was the result of a high snap.
- Wide receiver Torrey Smith continued to practice hard despite favoring his sprained ankle, which he injured in the preseason opener. Harbaugh had to pull a determined Smith from practice, saying, "He'll go until his heart explodes."
- The Ravens have moved nose Terrence Cody to second team, but it's only a temporary demotion. He has a hip problem that has slowed him recently. The coaches were pleasantly surprised with Cody reporting to camp with less than 22 percent body fat.
- Left guard Bobbie Williams has been given two days off to rest his ankle, which has swollen up on him. The Ravens put second-round pick Kelechi Osemele at left guard. Osemele, who has been working at right tackle, has impressed the coaching staff as well as his teammates.
- Wide receiver Anquan Boldin showed he still has some speed when he beat cornerback Jimmy Smith on a go route. Smith was working with the first team, taking Cary Williams' spot.
- Before that Boldin catch, the Ravens' offense struggled in the team drills. During a four-play stretch, Boldin, tight end Matt Balasavage and running back Ray Rice all dropped passes. The only play that didn't result in a drop ended with Flacco getting sacked.
- Some coaches make their players run gassers. Harbaugh has a new tradition at camp, one where he's the one running wind sprints after practice. On Monday, he ran sideline to sideline with some kids. "I told them that they had to work for their autographs," Harbaugh said with a smile.