August 7, 2017 -- Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec talks about the team's preparation for their preseason opener against the Washington Redskins and preparing quarterback Ryan Mallett. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)
Roller-coaster practice for Tony Jefferson: Monday did not open well for the free safety, who was beat on one-on-one plays by wide receivers Griff Whalen and Michael Campanaro. Then during a seven-on-seven exercise, Jefferson could not hold onto a ball that bounced off tight end Larry Donnell's hands. But Jefferson did redeem himself when he pulled in an interception during the same drill.
Back to the drawing board: On one passing play, rush linebacker Terrell Suggs was too swift for left tackle De'Ondre Wesley and would have sacked quarterback Dustin Vaughan if he was allowed to tackle. The play continued, but Vaughan's pass was knocked down by defensive tackle Michael Pierce at the line of scrimmage.
Some more takeaways: In addition to Jefferson's interception, cornerback Brandon Carr intercepted a pass from Vaughan intended for wide receiver Chris Moore and rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill leaped in front of rookie wide receiver Tim White to pick off a pass from Josh Woodrum. One of the better defensive plays, however, came from safety-cornerback Lardarius Webb, who stripped wide receiver Keenan Reynolds and caught the fumble in mid-air.
Vaughan's highlight: The quarterback did connect with Campanaroon a 40-yard touchdown catch that left cornerback Reggie Porter shaking his head.
Not quite perfect for Justin Tucker: The kicker converted 7-of-8 field-goal attempts with his lone miss from 42 yards, which was wide left. But Tucker nailed all three tries from 50 yards.
Name that tune: The Ravens began their full-team drills with Jeezy's "Seen It All." Other songs blasted from the speakers included Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," Meek Mill's "Connect The Dots," Dropkick Murphys' "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," and Van Halen's "Runnin' With The Devil." The final song of practice was Fabolous' "My Time."
The Bills have signed former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a move that adds a veteran presence to a mostly young and untested group of receivers.
Injury update: Players who missed at least their third consecutive day of practice included cornerbacks Brandon Boykin (unspecified), Maurice Canady (torn cartilage in knee), rookie Marlon Humphrey (undisclosed), and Sheldon Price (unspecified), wide receivers Breshad Perriman (right hamstring tightness) and Kenny Bell (hamstring), running back Kenneth Dixon (torn meniscus in left knee), quarterback Joe Flacco (back), left guard Alex Lewis (unspecified), and rookie guard Nico Siragusa (torn ACL, MCL, and PCL in left knee). Cornerback Tavon Young (torn ACL in left knee) remains on the team's physically unable to perform list. Cornerback Jimmy Smith and wide receiver Chris Matthews returned to practice, but Matthews removed his jersey early during Monday's session and watched as a bystander. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Suggs, and strong safety Eric Weddle returned after getting Saturday off.
Overheard Part 1: Asked what fantasy football owners should do with him, running back Terrance West (Towson University, Northwestern High School) said, "It'd be smart to grab me." When asked why, he replied, "Why's that? You'll see."
Overheard Part 2: Running backs coach Thomas Hammock on undrafted rookie and Virginia native Taquan Mizzell, who has had the nickname "Smoke" since he was a teen-ager because would-be tacklers had a difficult time bringing him down: "If you're from Virginia and you've got a nickname, that means you were pretty good in high school."