Setting the scene: The Ravens took the field on a muggy Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. and finished practice around 6:20 p.m., making it their shortest of the young camp.
The Suggs Show: Many of the team’s veterans had the day off Sunday, but the longest-tenured Raven, linebacker Terrell Suggs, was the best player on the field. Suggs dominated left tackle Eugene Monroe on multiple occasions, and he wasn’t any easier on right tackle Rick Wagner. If you didn’t know he was playing well by watching, all you had to do was listen. He was letting the coaching staff hear it.
Flacco bomb: Quarterback Joe Flacco’s arm strength is well documented, but let me tell you about it anyway. He scrambled out of the pocket on a play from midfield, and without getting his feet under him, unloaded a ball that flew at least 60 yards in the air to the end zone. The wisdom of throwing a jump ball in the end zone to 5-foot-9 receiver Michael Campanaro may be questionable, but he made a good play on the ball and might have come down with it if not for a good play from safety Brynden Trawick.
Try that again: Fullback Kyle Juszczyk could be a pass-catching force out of the backfield, and he’s been so sure-handed that it’s surprising when he drops a pass. He dropped one mid-practice in the flat to end a drive, then caught extra balls from coach John Harbaugh during a water break after the drill as penance.
First fight: The first training camp scrap of the year was a fiery one, starring guard Kelechi Osemele and linebacker Josh Bynes. The two jawed after a play, and Bynes popped Osemele twice on the chin as they walked back to the huddle. The second drew retaliation from Osemele, and the two wrestled to the ground and dozens of teammates ultimately separated them.
Strong undercard: Right before Osemele and Bynes came to blows, guard Gino Gradkowski needed to be separated from linebacker Albert McClellan after a play. It appeared to set the stage for the fight that followed.
Punch for punch: It wasn’t a fight, but Jacoby Jones took exception to a stiff shot to the stomach from Jimmy Smith after a catch by Jones near the sideline. Jones told him he knocked the wind out of him, and gave Smith a jab to the gut on the way back. It was a bit unnecessary.
First pick for Tyrod: Moments after the assembled media began to discuss how long Flacco and Tyrod Taylor could go without throwing a pick in 11-on-11 drills, Taylor overthrew his target and was intercepted by rookie cornerback Deji Olatoye. Flacco came close to being intercepted a few times, but he enters the M&T Bank Stadium practice without a pick.
Chance to shine: Steve Smith and Torrey Smith each sat out practice Sunday, giving the team’s young crop of receivers a chance to get more reps. Rookie Jeremy Butler and Gerrard Sheppard (Towson) each had strong performances.
Injury report: Several veterans, including receivers Torrey Smith and Steve Smith, defensive end Chris Canty, tight end Owen Daniels, and linebacker Daryl Smith, all had the day off, courtesy of Harbaugh. Defensive tackle Terrence Cody has not yet appeared at camp after offseason hip surgery. Cornerback Lardarius Webb remained out with a back injury, while cornerback Chykie Brown missed practice with a hamstring issue, and guard Will Rackley was out for a second straight day with a head injury. Rookie offensive lineman Parker Graham was also absent.
Overheard: “Juan started talking that mess, and now he’s ruining practice. … One day they’ll learn to leave him alone. Just let him be.” – Ray Rice on Suggs, who was apparently sent into the rage that motivated his standout performance by offensive line coach Juan Castillo. In return, Suggs gave Castillo plenty of opportunities to coach up his offensive line.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun