The Ravens took the field for their first full-pads practice at 1 p.m. at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, with temperatures creeping into the low 90s on a hot August afternoon. Practice ended around 3:45 p.m., right after the third-string players finished their live scrimmage.
Jernigan explodes on Yanda
The most impressive play of the early portion of practice belonged to second-year defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who on a run play during full-team plays pushed back Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda several steps before shedding him and taking down running back Lorenzo Taliaferro in the backfield. He's not the space-eater defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was, but with pass-rush ability like that, run plays like this one can make him an every-down lineman.
Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw made the first real tackle of the day — and training camp — wrapping up and dropping rookie running back Javorius Allen in the flat on a passing play. It wasn't a true thumping hit, but was certainly an indication that the hitting had begun.
More Steve Smith
Just as he did yesterday, quarterback Joe Flacco found wide receiver Steve Smith early and often when they were on the field together. Smith caught at least a half-dozen passes from Flacco in the opening few team portions of practice, continually beating his defender and making athletic catches to the applause of the large crowd in Owings Mills.
With Marlon Brown not present, pretty much every wide receiver had the opportunity to make a play, and did. Kamar Aiken made several acrobatic catches, and rookies DeAndre Carter and Darren Waller were impressive in full-team 11-on-11 drills as well. With so many options at wide receiver, even missing a day can allow everyone else in the competition to make plays.
Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman highlighted a pair of receptions Aiken made on back-to-back plays as some of the day's best plays. Aiken hauled in a pass behind him in double coverage, and when they had to run the play over again, quarterback Matt Schaub put the second throw behind him, too. Aiken made the grab anyway, impressing his new offensive coordinator in the process.
Taliaferro, the second-year running back competing for time behind Justin Forsett, has continued his strong summer after impressing in organized team activities. He has hit holes hard all three days, caught the ball well out of the backfield, and looks even more physically imposing in full pads than he did out of them.
When center Jeremy Zuttah left the action mid-series, it was John Urschel, not Ryan Jensen, who replaced him. Jensen is taking all of the reps as the second-string center, with Urschel at guard, but it was Urschel who got the nod when the first team needed a stand-in.
Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (Achilles tendinitis) missed a second straight day, and were joined off the practice field by wide receiver Marlon Brown and rookie undrafted inside linebacker Andrew Bose. Safety Matt Elam left practice around two hours in with an undisclosed injury, while Zuttah and Butler also missed some time with injuries on the field, but returned. Tight end Dennis Pitta (hip), safety Terrence Brooks (knee), and defensive tackle Casey Walker (knee) are on the physically unable to perform list.
"Look, it's Tyrod Taylor!" – a fan when backup quarterback Matt Schaub scrambled for big yardage during a 7-on-7 drill. Taylor, the former backup quarterback now making waves with the Buffalo Bills, was more apt to run than Schaub. But the memory of the old backup clearly isn't forgotten.