News and notes from Ravens' workout today

Another Ravens organized team activity just came to an end, and coach

John Harbaugh

, along with the team's coordinators, met the media following it. We'll have plenty of coverage on our site later but here are a few notes to tide you over until then:

This week and next week's OTAs are voluntary and overall, the session wasn't as well attended as the OTAs were last week. Veteran center

Matt Birk

, who wasn't here last week, was on the field today. However, many of the players that attended last week were not present today. That group includes fullback

Vonta Leach

, wide receivers

Anquan Boldin


Rodney Bradley

, guards

Marshal Yanda


Jah Reid

, tackle

Bryant McKinnie

, linebackers

Brendon Ayanbadejo


Cody Glenn

, defensive end

Pernell McPhee

, defensive tackle

Bryan Hall

, cornerback

Jimmy Smith

and safety

Bernard Pollard


Running back

Ray Rice

, linebackers

Ray Lewis


Terrell Suggs

, defensive tackle

Haloti Ngata

, cornerback

Asa Jackson

and safety

Ed Reed

have not been here for either session. Lewis, Suggs, Ngata and Reed traditionally don't attend. Rice is staying away as his agent works on a long-term contract for him, while Jackson is still in school at Cal-Poly.

Left guard

Kelechi Osemele

, a second-round selection in this year's draft, did not practice today as he deals with an undisclosed injury. It does not appear to be serious as Osemele jogged off the field without noticeable pain. Harbaugh said that several rookies are playing through bumps and bruises and Osemele will be fine.

Rookie free agent kicker

Justin Tucker

, whom the Ravens signed earlier this week, is taking part in the OTAs this week. Harbaugh said that he'll compete with

Billy Cundiff

for the kicking job, though the head coach acknowledged that Cundiff has the edge.

Veteran wide receiver

Jacoby Jones

dropped a handful of passes at practice today, but he has made an impression on the coaching staff with his speed and work ethic. Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator

Jerry Rosburg

said Jones will be considered for both punt and kickoff returns. That's newsworthy because Jones did not return kickoffs last year for the

Houston Texans


With Yanda, Reid and McKinnie not here, it was very hard to conclude much of anything with how the offensive line was structured today. At different points,

Michael Oher

was at left tackle and

Justin Boren


Ramon Harewood


Jack Cornell

lined up with the first team. Fourth-round pick

Gino Gradkowski

played mostly center.

Harewood, by the way, struggled throughout the practice and was flagged on multiple occasions for false starts and holding.

A clear standout at today's session was second-year wide receiver

LaQuan Williams

. He made a nifty one-handed catch on one occasion, caught a couple of deep balls and even beat

Lardarius Webb

along the sidelines on a couple of occasions. Williams looks to be in great shape. Offensive coordinator

Cam Cameron

also noted that

Tandon Doss

has been in very good form during the OTAs.

Cameron also said that this has been as sharp as he's seen quarterback

Joe Flacco

at this time of year. Flacco lofted a beautiful touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to

Torrey Smith

that was clearly one of the highlights of the practice.