Setting the scene
The Ravens began practice around 8:40 a.m. Sunday and ended around 11:10. They practiced in full pads for the second straight day. The sun was out and the temperature down in the 80s again, but the humidity made the heat index about 100. The next practice is Monday at 7 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.
Play of the day
The highlight by far came toward the end of practice, when Justin Tucker converted a 69-yard field goal. In the drill, the offense started on its own side of midfield and tried to move the ball to set up for a field goal before spiking it and sending on the kicking team. Tucker's kick snuck over the crossbar.
The Ravens were missing 13 players Sunday, though two — guard Marshal Yanda and wide receiver Michael Campanaro — just had days off. Timmy Jernigan (ribs) and Chris Moore (undisclosed) also sat out. Maurice Canady also suffered an injury and will be out for "a little while," Harbaugh said. Crockett Gillmore remains sidelined by a hamstring injury, and six Ravens are still on the physically unable to perform list: linebackers Terrell Suggs (Achilles) and Elvis Dumervil (foot), wide receivers Breshad Perriman (knee) and Steve Smith Sr. (knee) and running backs Trent Richardson (knee) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot). Wide receiver Jeremy Butler stayed down for a moment after a collision with cornerback Jimmy Smith, but he appeared to be fine.
Onwuasor staying physical
In just a few days of training camp, undrafted free agent linebacker Patrick Onwuasor has begun to make a name for himself. Earlier in the week he pushed down running back Kenneth Dixon, who suffered a minor injury on the play. The next day, Buck Allen initiated a fight with him. Sunday, Onwuasor ran downfield on a special teams drill and crushed defensive tackle Trevon Coley, who was holding a tackling dummy, landing Coley on his back. Later in practice, in a live drill, Onwuasor delivered a hard hit to fullback Kyle Juszczyk on a run. Juszczyk got back up and pushed Onwuasor back before teammates broke up the scuffle.
A handful of miscues
The Ravens' offensive flow isn't seamless quite yet. Wide receivers Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace and tight end Daniel Brown were among those who dropped passes Sunday, though Aiken and Wallace also made some nice plays to make up for it. The offense is also still having issues with the exchange between center Jeremy Zuttah and quarterback Joe Flacco. The pair fumbled two more snaps Sunday, one under center and one out of the shotgun.
The passing game stuck to mostly check-downs and short routes again, but midway through practice, Flacco delivered his best throw of the day, dropping a perfect pass into the hands of Aiken on a back-shoulder fade route. The two connected for a touchdown during a red-zone drill.
Weddle's effort relentless
In the first four days, safety Eric Weddle has lived up to his reputation as a hard worker, refusing to take plays off even in no- or low-contact drills. Just in Sunday's practice, he jumped in front of a receiver to disrupt the route and force the catch out-of-bounds, dove to try to intercept a deflected pass and jumped another route to break up the pass.
Switching things up
One of the more unusual drills of the day came during position breakouts when the defensive backs tried to catch tennis balls in coverage. They didn't match up with receivers, but they dropped back as if guarding a receiver as a coaching assistant with a tennis racket hit balls to them from where the quarterback would stand. Safety Lardarius Webb was among those who made a nice grab.
"The football will be easy after catching that tennis ball!" –secondary coach Leslie Frazier to the defensive backs before beginning the drill with the tennis balls.