Ravens rookie minicamp primer
Ravens rookies have been at the Under Armour Performance Center all week, going through light, walk-through practices, taking part in meetings and starting to acclimate themselves to the ways of the NFL.
On Friday, that process will accelerate with the official start of a three-day rookie minicamp. For the organization's top draft picks, a group headed by linebacker C.J. Mosley, the minicamp is a good opportunity to learn the system, gain a familiarity with the way the Ravens do things and develop a rapport with position coaches. For undrafted free agents and tryout players, it is the first -- and in some cases only -- chance to impress team officials and prove worthy of a roster spot.
Here are beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec's five storylines to watch:
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How are Osemele, other injured Ravens coming along?( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / August 17, 2013 )
Starting offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele (above) is technically eligible to participate in the minicamp because of him missing most of last year with the back injury. Oseleme, who had the surgery last November, has been working out though it's unclear what his level of participation will be in the various minicamps.
Either way, the reports about his progress have been extremely positive, which is big news for the Ravens who are counting on him as part of their altered offensive line. Harbaugh will speak to reporters on Saturday and he'll undoubtedly be asked about the health of several of his veterans, including Osemele and running back Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery).