Ravens camp highlights (Aug. 13): Offense gets the best of the defense in blocking

Offense wins blocking drill: During a one-on-one blocking exercise, the offense won seven consecutive matchups before a battle between tight end Nick Boyle and outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith ended in a stalemate. To finish the drill, Smith was allowed to pick his opponent and he selected center Ryan Jensen. Jensen took Smith to the turf, which drew two penalty flags and a big scrum that was more lighthearted than serious. Afterward, Jensen and Smith were talking and laughing with each other.

More blocking results: Earlier in practice, middle linebacker C.J. Mosley trucked running back Terrance West, flattening him. On the very next rep, however, the Towson University and Northwestern High alumnus stood up Mosley.

Nice catches for Keenan Reynolds: The Naval Academy graduate fared well during a seven-on-seven exercise, making a tough catch in traffic over the middle and then beating rookie cornerback Reggie Porter to grab a deep pass from quarterback Josh Woodrum along the right sideline.

Problems on kick returns: Clarksville resident and River Hill graduate Michael Camanaro has some of the surest hands on the roster, but he dropped a kick return. A little later, Reynolds bobbled a kickoff.

More troubles for the quarterbacks: Ryan Mallett made only one poor decision, but it was a bad one as his pass to Boyle during a red zone drill was intercepted by cornerback Brandon Carr and returned more than 90 yards for a defensive touchdown. And rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill picked off a ball thrown by Dustin Vaughan.

Field goals for Kenny Allen: Filling in for usual kicker Justin Tucker, the rookie went 4-of-6 on field-goal attempts. He connected from 33 and 37 yards before sending a 41-yard try wide right. Allen then made field goals of 44 and 48 yards, but pulled a 52-yarder wide left.

Name that tune: The musical selection was a varied mix. The songs ranged from Ayo & Teo’s “Rolex” and T.I.’s “Top Back” to Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut” and Heart’s “Barracuda” to Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do” and Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You.”

Injury update: Players who have missed multiple practices and didn’t practice Sunday were wide receivers Breshad Perriman (right hamstring tightness), Kenny Bell (hamstring) and rookie Tim White (torn thumb ligaments), cornerback Maurice Canady (torn cartilage in knee), running back Kenneth Dixon (torn meniscus in left knee), quarterback Joe Flacco (back) and inside linebacker Lamar Louis (unspecified). Cornerback Tavon Young (torn ACL in left knee) remains on the physically unable to perform list.

Overheard: Coach John Harbaugh appeared to take umbrage with some grumbling from Weddle, who was late for the start of practice. “Eric, I know you’re sensitive, but we start practice around here at 8:45!” Harbaugh stated. A few minutes after the exchange, Weddle turned to the media assembled along the sideline and proclaimed that things were fine. “Hey, don’t worry, guys, we’re good over here,” he said. “A little animosity never hurt anybody!”



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