To Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda, the 1997 season begins today.
For three straight days beginning this afternoon, about 30 rookies, including the team's 12 draft picks, will learn about the pro game and the Ravens' system at the team's rookie minicamp in Owings Mills.
"It's exciting. We're anxious to see these guys on the field," Marchibroda said. "We can see this thing coming together."
Among the players the Ravens are especially anxious to see are outside linebackers Peter Boulware and Jamie Sharper and safety Kim Herring, their top three draft picks. The Ravens expect each of them to start this season.
"They'll get a good orientation to what we're doing," defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis said. "Hopefully, they'll digest a lot of it, go home and continue making progress when they come back in June [for the team's full, two-week minicamp]. They're young, but there's no reason why these guys can't be productive players right now."
A number of veterans, including quarterback Vinny Testaverde, will be on hand this weekend. Also expected are offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden, Wally Williams, Orlando Brown, Jeff Blackshear and Leo Goeas, and defensive players such as tackle James Jones, linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Stevon Moore.
The players will get physicals this morning. Tomorrow and Sunday, the camp will feature three hours each of meetings and practice.
Pub Date: 4/25/97