SETTING THE SCENE: Friday’s outdoor practice started at 2:30 p.m. and finished just after 5 p.m. Weather was partially cloudy with temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s. Players wore shells.
SPELLING DOOM: Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil was one of the camp standouts on Friday. He showed great burst off the line of scrimmage and seemed to be in the backfield on every other play, sometimes splitting a double team to get there. At one point, he abused rookie Rick Wagner, who was subbing in with the first-team offense at left tackle, on consecutive plays. He dusted rookie tackle David Mims on another. With Dumervil, fellow outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive linemen Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty rushing against an offensive line that was missing three regulars, quarterback Joe Flacco hardly had time to take a three-step drop by the time the pocket collapsed around him. We have a long way to go until the sacks count, but Dumervil and Suggs appear to be as good as advertised.
DEFENSE WINS THE DAY: The defense got the better of the offense as Flacco struggled to get on the same page as his wide receivers. In one 7-on-7 drill, Flacco overshot a receiver and was picked off by safety Anthony Levine. He could have been intercepted a few more times, though. One pass hit cornerback Corey Graham in the facemask and cornerback Jimmy Smith deflected another pass that hung in the air for a second before hitting the turf. Linebacker Josh Bynes did push-ups after dropping a pass thrown right at him. The defense also fared well in a red-zone drill, allowing just one touchdown on 12 plays.
BEST BOLDIN IMPERSONATION: Flacco did have good chemistry with -- surprise, surprise -- tight end Dennis Pitta, who caught that lone touchdown in the red-zone drill. Pitta lined up in the slot, beat his man with a post route and snatched a Flacco pass out of the air. That was the kind of play that Flacco and former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin often connected on.
SNAP JUDGMENTS: On one drive late in practice, with newcomer A.Q. Shipley snapping him the ball, Flacco bobbled two snaps that hit the turf. The first botched snap came when Flacco was under center and it was picked up by safety James Ihedigbo, who ran it back for a score. Later in the drive, Flacco couldn’t hang onto a shotgun snap from Shipley, who is competing with Gino Gradkowski for the starting center spot.
YOUR (HOPEFULLY-NOT-DAILY) B-MAC UPDATE: Left tackle Bryant McKinnie practiced for the first time this summer, but he kept heading to the sideline, where he was often under the supervision of a trainer, for a breather or a squirt of water. When he was on the field, he was underwhelming and even got an earful from run game coordinator Juan Castillo after Dumervil beat him around the edge on one play. By the end of practice, McKinnie was swaying on the sideline like a boxer who just ate a couple of haymakers.
RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS: The Ravens tested their defense by putting backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the field and asking him to run different option plays out of a few different formations. The defense wasn’t fooled by the misdirection and snuffed out most of the plays.
ARE WE DONE YET?: Players looked exhausted after the second full-squad practice of camp. The heat wasn’t overwhelming, but some players cramped up, including wide receiver Torrey Smith. Near the end of practice, many were taking a knee as they waited to be saved by the bell.
INJURY REPORT: Guard Kelechi Osemele, who tweaked his hamstring on Thursday, did not practice. Also absent Friday after practicing the previous day were cornerback Asa Jackson and wide receiver Marlon Brown. Center Ryan Jensen (lower right leg) and wide receiver LaQuan Williams (arm) left practice. Guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and linebacker Jameel McClain (bruised spine) remain sidelined. Levine (undisclosed) and cornerback Moe Lee (undisclosed) practiced after sitting out Thursday.
OVERHEARD: “OK, we’re getting a little sensitive out here.” -- Suggs. The linebacker yelled this out after players on both sides, including Flacco, jawed at each other throughout one drill.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun