After a mediocre morning, Troy Smith excelled in the afternoon. He anchored a few successful series and was on target on many of his throws, two of which went to running back Willis McGahee and rookie wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright for touchdowns. Kyle Boller didn't play poorly, but rookie Joe Flacco had a rough outing. He was intercepted twice because he stared down his receivers, allowing a pair of linebackers to deflect the passes to their defensive teammates.
PLAY OF THE DAY
During a nine-on-nine drill, Flacco's slant pass was tipped by linebacker Bart Scott and hauled in by cornerback Fabian Washington. Scott also broke up three passes and helped pressure Flacco into an incomplete pass during a two-minute drill.
HIT OF THE DAY
Tight end Todd Heap took on linebacker Jarret Johnson and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. After Johnson and Heap tangled, Ngata jumped in and shoved Heap, who responded with a few punches. In the afternoon, Johnson threw a punch at right guard Marshal Yanda, but the situation was defused before tempers flared.
Starting left offensive tackle Jared Gaither was carted off the field yesterday morning with his right ankle wrapped and did not practice in the afternoon. Left guard Ben Grubbs left the morning session early but was able to walk off on his own and returned in the afternoon. Tailback P.J. Daniels did not practice yesterday for undisclosed reasons, while running back Cory Ross and offensive lineman David Hale did not participate in the afternoon session.
It won't be known until the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals how coach John Harbaugh deals with officials. Will he steam and stalk the sideline or bite his tongue when a call doesn't go the Ravens' way? "I want to get along with everybody," Harbaugh said. "I really want to get along with the officials. That's my goal: to have a good relationship with the officials throughout the day. I think the great thing about the officials in the NFL, in all seriousness, is that they really do want to communicate."
"MY RULE OF THUMB WITH THOSE GUYS IS AS LONG AS THEY CALL IT FOR US, I REALLY GET ALONG WITH THEM WELL. BUT WHEN THEY START CALLING IT FOR THE OTHER TEAM, IT SEEMS LIKE THE RELATIONSHIP DETERIORATES A LITTLE BIT."
A tongue-in-cheek Harbaugh on his rapport with the officials.
TRAINING CAMP TODAY
Practices begin at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and are scheduled to run between two and 21/2 hours each.