When the Ravens opened training camp on July 26, they made the decision to cut fullback Jamison Berryhill and add free-agent wide receiver
And they didn't waste any time giving Payne a playbook and throwing him onto the practice field later that day.
Not that 27-year-old Payne is complaining. The six-year veteran who has spent time with the
"The best way to learn is to be thrown into the fire," he said after Monday's practice at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills. "Just get in there, and it forces you to learn. It forces you to be wide-eyed and listen to everything – in the walkthrough, the install. It's just repetition, repetition, repetition. And that's what Coach [John] Harbaughlikes. He likes to run a lot of plays. So after a couple days, you start getting acclimated and you start getting into your playbook as much as you can and you get thrown into the fire and learn as fast as you can."
In some ways, Payne may be further behind than some of the rookies on the roster because they've been practicing with the team since organized team workouts began in May. Payne conceded that he has some catching up to do.
"It really helps having OTAs because you learn the offense and the routes," Payne said. "So coming into the first day of camp was a little tough. They threw it all at me and expect me to learn all three positions – S [slot], X [split end] and Z [flanker]. I've been busting my butt and learning the offense and getting more and more reps."
Payne appears to have established a rapport with backup quarterback