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 and Rodney Bradley, guards Marshal Yanda and Jah Reid, tackle Bryant McKinnie, linebackers Brendon Ayanbadejo and Cody Glenn, defensive end Pernell McPhee, defensive tackle Bryan Hall, cornerback Jimmy Smith and safety Bernard Pollard.
Ray Rice, linebackers Ray Lewis and 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 and 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.
News and notes from Ravens' workout today
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