SETTING THE SCENE: The Ravens couldn't have asked for much better weather to start training camp. The first full-team workout, which started at 2:30 and finished just after 5, played out under sunny skies and in temperatures in the mid-to-high 70's. Players, who undoubtedly appreciated the break from the summer heat, wore shells.
ON A MISSION: In the past, some of the Ravens' defensive stars would happily fade to the background during training camp workouts and allow some of the younger players to get the majority of the reps. But that wasn't the case with veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs, who didn't appear to be interested in taking too many plays off. Showing a quick burst off the line of scrimmage and looking fitter than he has in years, Suggs did a little of everything, including breaking up a potential skirmish between rookie center Ryan Jensen and veteran defensive lineman Marcus Spears.
LOUD AND CLEAR: It was evident that run game coordinator Juan Castillo has taken a lead role in overseeing the offensive line. Castillo was extremely vocal throughout the practice, encouraging his charges after almost every play. "That's what I'm talking about," he yelled at one point before giving Jensen and rookie tackle Rick Wagner a congratulatory slap on the shoulder. Castillo's excitement earned him a playful forearm push from Suggs.
K.O. STOUT: Before being forced to the sideline midway through the practice with a tweaked right hamstring, second-year offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was showing why some team officials believe he'll be a quality left tackle someday. Forced to move from guard to tackle with Bryant McKinnie held out of practice because of weight issues, Osemele was physical and moving well. He didn't look uncomfortable in transitioning back to a position that he played at Iowa State.
STAY UP, ROOK: Rookie nose tackle Brandon Williams earned a stern lecture from defensive line coach Clarence Brooks for not keeping his feet during a couple of running plays. Coaches abhor seeing linemen lose their footing on running plays in practice because it creates pileup situations which can result in rolled ankles and banged-up knees.
JOE MEET JIMMY: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco insists that he doesn't target specific cornerbacks, that he just throws where his reads take him. But it certainly appeared that he had a radar lock on Jimmy Smith for much of the practice. Flacco threw Smith's way about five times in a seven-play span, resulting in a catch by Torrey Smith, two by LaQuan Williams, a drop by Tandon Doss and then a pass-interference call on Smith who was defending a fade route by David Reed.
SOME GOOD AND BAD: The competition for the final three or four wide-receiver spots on the roster will likely be hotly-contested throughout the preseason. On Day 1, LaQuan Williams (Poly, Maryland) may have stood out the most with several nice catches. Deonte Thompson and Tandon Doss also made some plays, but they mixed in a drop or two as well.
HE'S AT IT AGAIN: This year, there is no kicking competition to monitor daily at the Under Armour Performance Center. But that didn't stop second-year kicker Justin Tucker from putting on a show. Tucker probably drew the loudest cheers of the day by drilling a 58-yard field goal with room to spare.
INJURY REPORT: The only new injury appeared to be suffered by Osemele with the tweaked hamstring. Guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), linebacker Jameel McClain (spine contusion) and safety Anthony Levine (undisclosed) are all on the physically-unable-to-perform list and not practicing. Defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) remains on the non-football injury list. Undrafted free agent cornerback Moe Lee (undisclosed) watched practice from the sidelines.
OVERHEARD: "All I know is whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do it. If that's pass the water out dog, I'm going to be the best water boy in the world." – Jacoby Jones on whether an increased role at wide receiver would limit his opportunities on kickoff and punt returns.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun