Setting the scene: Ravens players took the field just before 8:30 a.m., wearing shorts and shells. The noncontact workout ended around 11:30 a.m. It was a relatively quiet and uneventful practice, with the players undoubtedly appreciating the overcast skies and mild temperatures.
Not just a punter: The Ravens have long considered Sam Koch one of the best athletes on the team, and he showed Friday that there was more in his repertoire than just punting. With Justin Tucker getting the day off, Koch and rookie punter Richie Leone were given opportunities to kick field goals. Both did well, but Koch stood out, converting attempts from 51 and 60 yards. When Koch's 60-yarder sailed through the upright, coach John Harbaugh picked up the punter in celebration. Koch later joked that it would have been good from 65 yards.
Not so special: Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg wasn't pleased with his group early in practice, and he certainly let them know about it. The special teams units committed three penalties in a 10-repetition span. Rosburg was particularly miffed with wide receiver Mike Willie, who collided with Leone while trying to block a punt, and with cornerback Asa Jackson, who was supposed to be covering a punt but curiously stepped in front of returner LaQuan Williams in an attempt to field it. "Asa, there's a returner back there if you're not familiar," Rosburg sarcastically yelled.
Making amends: Jackson did make a couple of plays later in practice, diving to down one punt around the 1-yard line and intercepting quarterback Joe Flacco's to wide receiver Deonte Thompson. Flacco threw behind Thompson, and Jackson broke quickly on the ball.
Not Flacco's finest: It was a pretty uneven day for Flacco, who hit tight end Dennis Pitta for a couple of long gains but struggled a little bit with ball security. There was one fumbled snap, and on a play-action pass, Flacco just dropped the ball as he rolled out. Cornerback Chykie Brown jumped on it as Flacco wiped his hands on his towel.
Suggs making friends: Lining up at wide receiver, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs let slip an expletive as he tried to track down a pass from Tyrod Taylor. Realizing he was within earshot of fans, Suggs went over to slap hands with the youngsters. When the fans told him that they were enjoying camp, Suggs quipped, "I'm glad somebody is."
Thompson stands out: It's been a pretty quiet training camp for Thompson, who is trying to stand out at one of the Ravens' deepest positions. After dropping a sideline pass early in the session, Thompson made the catch on an almost identical throw moments later, earning praise from wide receiver coach Bobby Engram. Overall, Thompson had a strong practice, scoring one long touchdown after catching the ball on a slant and bursting through the secondary.
Standing them up: It was a noncontact practice, but there were a couple of solid hits delivered during one drill in which the running backs were asked to pick up blitzing linebackers or defensive backs. Bernard Pierce stood up rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley on one play, but rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was unable to do the same against safety Brynden Trawick on the next. Taliaferro, who is praised for his blocking ability, completely whiffed on the block attempt.
Injury report: Guard Will Rackley (head), middle linebacker Daryl Smith (groin), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (back), nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip) and cornerback Lardarius Webb remained out of practice for the Ravens. Wide receiver Steve Smith, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and cornerback Jimmy Smith were also given the morning off from practicing. Rookie Jeremy Butler also returned to practice after sitting out Thursday.
Quotable: "I beat the defense up, so they wanted to give me the day off." — Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith when asked by a fan why he was not practicing.
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