Baltimore Ravens

Ravens camp highlights for Aug. 11, 2013

SETTING THE SCENE: Sunday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium started at 5 p.m. and ended around 7:15. Approximately 25,000 fans attended. It was partially cloudy and temperatures were in the mid 80s. Players wore full pads for the second straight practice.

DISAPPEARING ACT: Hours after Brandon Stokley signed his one-year contract with the Ravens, he was in the house to watch practice in street clothes. Meanwhile, wide receiver Tandon Doss, who got third-down snaps in the slot during Thursday's preseason game and could lose playing time to Stokley, did little besides a sliding catch on fourth down. Quarterback Joe Flacco instead looked to wide receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. We will see if Doss picks his game up when Stokley practices with the team Monday.


CALLING CAM CAMERON: The Ravens busted out an end-around, a favorite of former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, around midfield in one 11-on-11 drill. Running left to right, Jones got around the edge with ease and got an excellent block from Smith, who locked down cornerback Corey Graham on the right sideline. The run went for a first down.

STICK TO YOU LIKE GLUE: Graham has impressed with his tight coverage throughout camp. He gets his hands on a lot of passes and even when he gets beat for completions, there is usually little separation, challenging the quarterback to put the ball on the money. In a 1-on-1 passing drill Sunday that left the cornerbacks out an island, Graham knocked down a deep pass to Smith and nearly intercepted an errant pass intended for wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard. He deflected a few more passes once the Ravens assembled for full-team drills.


IMPROVED EFFORT: Coach John Harbaugh yanked Aaron Mellette from a drill Saturday and loudly called the rookie wide receiver "lazy." Mellette responded Sunday with one of his best practices of the summer. The highlight came late in practice when he plucked a high pass over the head of safety Anthony Levine and cut between two defenders to get into the open field. Mellette might have taken it to the house if the non-contact play hadn't been whistled dead.

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INTO THE DARKNESS: Left guard Kelechi Osemele has become a media favorite because of the way he bullies defensive linemen. In a 1-on-1 blocking drill, Osemele drove rookie defensive end Will Pericak backwards and almost pushed him down the tunnel toward the locker room. Thankfully for Pericak, Osemele showed mercy.

BACK IN THE MIX: Wide receiver David Reed missed a few practices and the first preseason game with a groin injury, but Sunday he was back to practicing fully. He beat Graham for a nice contested catch in the aforementioned 1-on-1 passing drill and made a leaping touchdown catch over cornerback Asa Jackson in the red-zone drill, a sweet grab that made the M&T Bank Stadium crowd gasp. He did, however, drop one pass after getting behind cornerback Chykie Brown. Reed is known for being a move-the-chains type, but he flashed the ability to go deep Sunday.

PRAYER ANSWERED: The Ravens ended practice with a scrimmage-type situation. Harbaugh split the team up, put 12 minutes on the clock and let the players go at it in front of the fans. On the final play, Flacco heaved a Hail Mary into the end zone to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who skied above inside linebacker Josh Bynes and safeties James Ihedigbo and Omar Brown to somehow snatch the ball. When the back judge put his arms in the air to signal a touchdown, Flacco celebrated by firing finger bullets at no one in particular.

INJURY REPORT: Running back Bernard Pierce (left knee) and wide receiver Deonte Thompson (left foot) have not returned to practice after getting hurt Thursday night. Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (undisclosed), wide receiver Marlon Brown (knee) and cornerback Chris Johnson (undisclosed) did not practice after suiting up Saturday. Defensive end Marcus Spears (undisclosed), tight end Ed Dickson (right hamstring tear), guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and inside linebackers Jameel McClain (bruised spine) and Bryan Hall (undisclosed) remained sidelined.

OVERHEARD: "'Are you Joe Flacco?' A little kid just asked me that." — wide receiver LaQuan Williams in the locker room after the players signed autographs for young fans following practice.