Ravens training camp highlights for Saturday, July 27

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Setting the scene: The first full-pads practice began at 1 p.m. under clear skies on the hottest day of camp so far. The team broke for stretching around 3:45 p.m. and went inside at 4 p.m. Only the last 15 minutes of practice was full-contact.

Nice to Rice: On one of the first plays from scrimmage Saturday, Ray Rice exploded into the second level and probably would have scored if the defense would have needed to tackle him instead of touch him down. The crowd didn’t roar the way it did on big pass plays, but there was a polite, collective applause for the running back, whose two-game suspension was announced Thursday.

K.O.’d: Guard Kelechi Osemele, who missed time last year with a back injury, laid out safety Darian Stewart while blocking in the open field on a screen pass to Rice. It showed his back is no longer an issue, and Osemele’s strong performance in other areas was an all-around promising sign he is fully healthy after surgery in November.

Situational letdowns: For the second day in a row, the defense prevailed in all of the situational scrimmages, including fourth-and-shorts with the first, second and third teams, and a two-minute drill. Safety Will Hill made an early impression with an interception of Keith Wenning to end the third-team two-minute drill.

Picked off: Wenning has been picked off a few times, but the same can’t be said for Joe Flacco or Tyrod Taylor. The defense has gotten its hands on a few passes from each, but neither has been picked off during 11-on-11 action through three days. I bet the defense is hearing about that.

Picked on: Veteran tight end Owen Daniels was seemingly targeted by the defense Saturday, getting knocked to the ground several times in light contact drills, including once by cornerback Asa Jackson on the sidelines. Daniels also fumbled twice, including an early strip by relentless rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley, and a second on the opening play of the two-minute drill that ended the starters’ drive before it began.

Going after Hurst: Rookie left tackle James Hurst has a tough test every day, lining up against the Ravens’ veteran pass rushers, and didn’t do terribly well during the first full-pads day. On one particular series, Hurst was no match for fourth-year linebacker Pernell McPhee, who got around Hurst for a pair of hurries within three plays.

More Mosley love: Mosley ran with the second-team linebackers, and everything he does is met with approval from the starters watching on the sidelines. Mosley earned cheers from his teammates Saturday for keeping contain on a scrambling Taylor and staying in front of him as Taylor tried to find the edge.

Campanaro getting involved: Rookie receiver Michael Campanaro had his most productive day of the young camp so far. He and Taylor connected on a deep out for big yardage, and he helped move the chains during a situational scrimmage with a catch over the middle. He’s getting open plenty but isn’t always getting the looks yet. That should change.

Injury report: Running back Bernard Pierce went inside with a member of the team’s medical staff around 30 minutes before practice ended, though team officials didn’t specify whether he was injured. Cornerback Lardarius Webb was absent after leaving practice yesterday with back spasms, and defensive lineman Terrence Cody, rookie tackle Parker Graham and guard Will Rackley were also absent. Cornerback Dominique Franks was missing again, the third straight practice he has sat out while trying to complete the team’s conditioning test.

Quotable: “I thought they said 82 [degrees] and cloudy today. That was a lie.” -- Jacoby Jones after the first positional drill of the practice. Jones was particularly energetic Saturday, telling jokes with the crowd and crooning the “I want Jesus” line from Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” between plays.



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