The true litmus test for new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and a blended offense that still incorporates many of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offensive concepts is roughly six weeks away.
That's when Trestman's offensive wrinkles, including his penchant for deep shots, screen passes to the running backs and plenty of double tight end formations, will be on display when the Ravens open the regular season Sept. 13 on the road against a Denver Broncos defense headlined by Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller.
From Trestman's vantage point, albeit in the early stages of training camp, the offense is progressing well in terms of the players' knowledge and execution of the playbook as they've been in a comfort zone with a lot of familiar terminology and plays.
"I think guys are certainly right on schedule," Trestman said Saturday following the third day of camp. "The veteran guys, certainly there's a lot of carryover for them. There are some new things, some new concepts and things like that. They've done a great job. ...
"We've had three good days. It's training camp. It's hard work. The guys are stepping up and working to compete and know that jobs are available."
Under Trestman, there have been subtle changes to the offense installed by Kubiak last year. What hasn't been altered is a physical running game and its emphasis on a zone-blocking scheme that energized the offense last season when running back Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Ravens ranked eighth in rushing offense last year. Trestman doesn't sound inclined to get away from that smash-mouth approach.
"Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn't mean you're not going to throw the ball," Trestman said. "But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team, and we have the players to do that. So, that's where we start."
Signed to a three-year contract by the Ravens after being dismissed as Chicago Bears head coach, Trestman takes over an offense that set franchise records with 409 points scored and 5,838 yards last season.
Trestman has the benefit of working with an experienced quarterback in Joe Flacco, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVII who's coming off a career-best season statistically with 3,986 yards and 27 touchdown passes.
"I can't say I've been surprised about anything," Trestman said. "I've always viewed him as a great player. I've enjoyed coming in here every day and working with him. We're making progress.
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"We're growing. Joe is really leading the way in that regard. He's running the room. He wants to get better. Every good and great player has that desire to push themselves. Joe's one of those guys. It's been a fun process."
One of the biggest things Trestman is overseeing this camp is a stiff wide receiver competition between Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and rookie Breshad Perriman to start opposite five-time Pro Bowl selection Steve Smith.
"There have been some tremendous plays out there each and every day," Trestman said. "It's a tremendous competition."
The Ravens are expected to utilize young players, including Perriman and rookie second-round tight end Maxx Williams.
"We've spent a lot of time working with them, knowing they can learn what we're teaching. " Trestman said. "We haven't been disappointed. They're young guys. They've got a long way to go. We're not anointing anybody."