Setting the scene

The Ravens kicked off training camp for 2015 at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and practiced until around 11:15 a.m. under conditions that began as warm and dry but grew humid as the day went along. "Early in the morning, everybody was like 'Well, it's not so bad,'" coach John Harbaugh said. "By the end of practice, it wasn't so good. But it was good for us."


Crossed signals

Both the first-team and reserve offenses began their day with slow, half-speed walkthrough-style drills, but when they went full-speed, quarterback Joe Flacco and his receivers had some timing issues with his wide receivers on play-action passes. On two consecutive pass plays, he couldn't connect with wide receivers Jeremy Butler or Steve Smith Sr. He eventually connected with Kamar Aiken for the first live completion of the day, and improved as the day went on.

Bittersweet sideline bomb

Flacco's best throw of the day was his long sideline toss to rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman late in practice. Perriman caught the pass, but fell hard on his knee in the process. The resulting injury wasn't serious, Harbaugh said. For Flacco to reach the elusive 4,000-yard mark this season, those connections with his rookie weapon will need to come quickly.

Butler struggled

Butler, who spent last year on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, didn't have a good follow up to his strong minicamp performance. He dropped some easily-catchable passes and suffered from miscommunications with his quarterback and was called for pass interference on a deep sideline pass he caught over cornerback Chris Greenwood.

Punt return participants

Smith was one of five players taking repetitions during the punt return session, along with wide receiver Michael Campanaro, cornerback Asa Jackson, wide receiver Tom Nelson, and wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. All of them have experience in some form or another, but notable in his absence from the group was undrafted rookie wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who was working with the blocking unit during special teams drills.

Defensive firsts

Safety Brynden Trawick registered the first interception of camp when he caught a tipped pass from rookie quarterback Jerry Lovelocke that went off the fingertips of cornerback Cassius Vaughn. The defense got their hands on a lot of passes this session, with pass breakups recorded by cornerbacks Jimmy Smith, Tray Walker, Tramain Jacobs, and safety Will Hill. Outside linebacker Steven Means recorded the first forced fumble when he punched the ball out of Robinson's hands.

Life in the flat lane

Throughout training camp in 2014, fullback Kyle Juszczyk was a frequent target on short passing plays. That didn't necessarily translate into the regular season, but he and rookie running back Buck Allen were frequent targets on flat and wheel routes Thursday. These are good to get timing going for everyone, but both expect to be big parts of the Ravens' receiving game out of the backfield this year.

Injury report

Perriman left practice with around 20 minutes to go with a knee injury that Harbaugh called "not serious." Cornerback Lardarius Webb (failed conditioning test) and defensive tackle Casey Walker (knee) join tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) and safety Terrence Brooks (knee) on the physically unable to perform list. Inside linebacker Zachary Orr missed a few snaps with a tweaked left knee, but returned to practice.



"DeAndre, you've got to be faster." — Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman to Carter after he was slow to line up for a play, and slow to execute during the play. Carter was a media darling from rookie minicamp and OTAs, but the quality of veterans around him has diminished his impact.

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