With center Matt Birk sitting out Ravens training camp on Monday and Tuesday due to a left knee injury, the team came to a two-year agreement with former Ravens and Washington Redskins center Casey Rabach on Tuesday.
But Rabach won't be able to practice until Thursday. That left undrafted rookies Ryan Bartholomew and Tim Barnes snapping the football to quarterback Joe Flacco.
"It's a numbers game right now," Bartholomew said after Tuesday afternoon's session at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills. "Me and Tim Barnes have alternated with the ones. Matt Birk's not here. So we have to go in there and Coach [Andy Moeller] is expecting us to run the offense. It's just trial by fire right now. We're trying to go out there and do our best."Bartholomew has experience in a pro-style offense, having played under former New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator and current Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone.
Still, even Bartholomew expressed mild surprise at being thrust into the center role with left tackle Michael Oher and left guard Ben Grubbs.
"It's interesting," Bartholomew said with a grin. "It's nothing new. Football is a game of adversity, and it's about how you respond to it. You're just trying to pick up everything, learn from the guys around you, ask questions, and make sure that you don't go out there and make the same mistakes over and over again. They don't expect us to be perfect every time, but they do expect us to learn from what we've done there."