Setting the scene: The Ravens began practice Friday about 8:45 a.m. and finished about 11:30 a.m. at their Owings Mills facility. Considering normal August weather, it was a very good day to practice. It was overcast most of the morning, and temperatures were near perfect as the Ravens went out in full pads. The team returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday night for a free and open practice.
Plays of the day: The practice’s best catches were made by wide receiver Kaelin Clay, who wrestled an end-zone pass away from cornerback Will Davis, and tight end Daniel Brown, who held on to a bullet pass for a touchdown across the middle. Clay was more creative, though, spiking the ball right in front of Davis.
Injury report: Tight ends Crockett Gillmore (hamstring) and Dennis Pitta (finger), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (ribs), rookie wide receiver Chris Moore (undisclosed) and rookie cornerback Maurice Canady (undisclosed) missed practice again. Outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon), wide receivers Breshad Perriman (knee) and Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles tendon) and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) are still on the physically-unable-to-perform list. A handful of veterans got the day off.
Discipline details: Defensive coordinator Dean Pees spent a good portion of the early part of practice working on technique and emphasizing how the Ravens need to engage, hold and get off their blocks. Players had been engaging but also moving too quickly without shedding the block.
Iron man: Center Ryan Jensen hurt his ankle early in practice and three times waved off substitutions without missing a play. He is a tough guy who went the entire practice.
Louis Armstrong Jr.: If you’ve ever heard the raspy voice that sounds like Marlon Brando’s from “The Godfather” at practice, it belongs to defensive line coach Joe Cullen. He looks a little like former Baltimore Sun Ravens reporter Aaron Wilson.
Too tall: Defensive end Brent Urban has a body made for football at 6 feet 7 and 300 pounds, but at times he stands up too high and looks like toast popping out of the toaster. It’s all about pad level and leverage, big fella.
Blue skies: Keenan Reynolds, the rookie wide receiver out of Navy, had a better day Friday than he did Thursday. He still needs to step up his game or he won’t even make the practice squad.
Foot in mouth: Kicker Justin Tucker said Thursday that he would attempt an 84 1/2-yard field goal if the conditions were right. Someone needs to remind Tucker that he converted only four of 10 attempts of at least 50 yards last season and is only 18 of 30 from that distance throughout his career. What’s next for Tucker, a field-goal attempt from Cleveland?
Mad Maxx: It appears a good offseason in the weight room and increased competition have helped second-year tight end Maxx Williams. He made two tough catches along the sideline with his arms outstretched, and showed no signs of the many injuries that hurt him last year. The addition of Benjamin Watson and the return of Dennis Pitta have made him better.
Running wild: Reserve running back Terrance West has outperformed the competition, including starter Justin Forsett. But unless West blows him away in preseason games, Forsett likely will start. Forsett won’t sulk on the sidelines if he’s No. 2, but it’s wise to keep West hungry. Few can predict how he will handle success, especially so early in the season.
Theme song: The Ravens played Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” at practice, which is the introductory song for the Bengals in Cincinnati. Coach John Harbaugh should play it every day to remind the Ravens that the Bengals have won the past five meetings and six of the past seven.
Hot Flacco: Joe Flacco might be having his best training camp ever. He appears to have a new appreciation for the game after having missed the last six games of 2016 with knee injuries. As for his backup, Ryan Mallett, he struggles with consistency.