Setting the scene: The Ravens took the field around 1 p.m. after Tuesday’s day off and didn’t come off the field until just after 4 p.m. Mother Nature continued to smile on the team, providing another tolerable summer day.
Good: After he led the offense down the field with screens to Ray Rice and Justin Forsett, Joe Flacco made his best throw of training camp during a two-minute drill. He dropped a perfect ball right over Torrey Smith’s shoulder from around 30 yards out in the back right corner of the end zone. Flacco pumped his fist in celebration, the most animated he’s been so far in camp.
Bad: There were no fist pumps moments later when Flacco made the worst throw of camp so far. Flacco and the first-team offense were in the red zone and, after a botched play-action, Flacco lobbed the easiest interception of cornerback Dominique Franks’ life into the veteran defender’s hands.
Indifferent: Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore lost his helmet in a tussle with veteran linebacker Austin Spitler, which usually would have signaled the end of the scrum, but no one stopped Spitler. It wasn’t a full-blown fight, mostly because no one really cared enough to turn it into one.
Brown’s back: Second-year wide receiver Marlon Brown hasn’t had a good camp by any means, but he made a catch to rival Smith’s on Monday at M&T Bank Stadium. With cornerback and fellow training camp whipping boy Chykie Brown in coverage, Brown gained separation and pulled in a one-handed catch down the sideline. Marlon Brown then spiked it at the defensive back’s feet, as if Chykie Brown hasn’t had it bad enough.
The Nature Boy: Nobody was more excited than Justin Tucker after he hit from 63 yards during a situational drill mid-practice. The Pro Bowl kicker unleashed a “Woo!” that would have made Ric Flair proud. He proceeded to miss from around 54 yards on the next series, then connected from 56 yards to wrap up the drill.
Kill 'em, Keith: Keith Wenning, the rookie quarterback from Ball State, had an impressive series during a full-team scrimmage late in Wednesday’s practice. First, he hit streaking fullback Shaun Chapas after a play-action fake. Chapas had a step on Spitler the whole way and picked up 50 yards on the play. Wenning hit tight end Nathan Overbay on a slant for 16 yards before the drive sputtered out, but it was an impressive showing in a limited look from him.
Flyin’ Forsett: Third-year running back Bernard Pierce had a light workload in practice, which meant more chances for veteran running back Justin Forsett to make an impression. Forsett was easily the quickest back on the field in his increased role, and looked, to me, like a more ready-made Ray Rice replica than Pierce is.
Super Marrio: Marrio Norman, an Arena League cornerback signed Tuesday, is a smooth athlete from the limited look provided today. He wasn’t on the field during live action but looked the part of a strong cornerback during positional drills. Whether he proves to be that in game action remains to be seen.
Injury report: Rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and fellow rookie Brent Urban, a defensive lineman, went out on the same play. Urban was carted off the field with a potential knee injury. Center Jeremy Zuttah also went down on a red-zone play but returned to action. Linebackers Daryl Smith and Albert McClellan (heel) were absent, as were cornerback Lardarius Webb (back), guard Will Rackley (head), and nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip).
Quotable: “Way to go return team! We just kicked their butts!” – special teams coach Jerry Rosburg after the receiving team cleared an entire side of the field for rookie returner Michael Campanaro.