Key Ravens storylines as mandatory minicamp nears
The Ravens will host their final offseason minicamp this week, though this one is different than the previous organized team activities in that it's mandatory. So, barring any issues that we don't know about, defensive standouts Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata will be there, as will the entire projected starting offense.
The workouts, which start Tuesday, all are open to reporters and will be a good preview into next month's training camp. Here are a few things worth monitoring.
-- Jeff Zrebiec
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How will the first-team offense look against the first-team defense?( Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun / August 6, 2013 )
During OTAs, the defense was clearly ahead, which shouldn't surprise anyone. With Gary Kubiak now in charge of the offense, Joe Flacco and company are learning an entirely new system. They also have several newcomers at key spots, like wide receiver Steve Smith, tight end Owen Daniels and center Jeremy Zuttah. Team officials have acknowledged that the offense is very much a work-in-progress and will remain so for a while. According to multiple accounts, Flacco looked much more comfortable in last week's OTAs than in the previous two, and there were fewer balls hitting the ground or winding up in the hands of a defender. It will be interesting to see if the offense makes even more progress this week when the intensity of the workouts starts to pick up a little bit more.