The final portion of the Ravens' practice involved the 2-minute drill. From their own 32-yard line, quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense marched 68 yards, capping the drive with a pass from Flacco to wide receiver Tandon Doss, who scampered 21 yards to the end zone. Coach John Harbaugh immediately signaled the end of practice after the score.
Omar Brown and his younger brothers, Kory Brown and Evan McKelvey are football players who share a bond for one position. For most of their playing careers, the brothers have been safeties for their respective teams on the prep, collegiate and — at least in Omar Brown's case — NFL levels.
Williams continued to burnish his highlight film for the coaches. His touchdown catch in the red-zone drill involved a leaping grab in the end zone. During a third-down exercise, he hauled in two passes good for first downs, including a leaping back-shoulder catch over rookie cornerback Jordan Mabin.
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb boasted during the offseason that the Ravens have the best secondary in the NFL, and he isn't backing off that claim today. Many of his buddies in the secondary, including cornerback Cary Williams and strong safety Bernard Pollard, have gotten his back, too, when asked for a reaction to Webb's comments.
Williams and Smith are competing for the right to start opposite of cornerback Lardarius Webb in the revered Ravens defense. It's one of a few camp battles that appear to be undecided as the Ravens wrap up the second week of camp. But no matter who earns a starting gig, both bring size and coverage skills to the secondary, which means both will still play. A lot.
Jah Reid, who spent most of the week at right tackle, was carted off the practice field midway through Thursday's final day of minicamp. His right leg rested on the back of the cart. An assistant then helped Reid gingerly walk inside the practice facility to the trainer's room. Reid did not return. Early indication is that Reid avoided a major injury and the hope is that it is a strained calf, according to a source.
With eight-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed absent from the Ravens' three-day, mandatory minicamp at the team's training facility in Owings Mills, Sean Considine has been lining up in Reed's customary spot as the defense¿s free safety.
The Baltimore Ravens reported Monday morning to the Under Armour Performance Center for minicamp. This week's workouts are mandatory, so expect a near full house. Two players to keep an eye on during roll call will be running back Ray Rice and free safety Ed Reed.
Much has been made around here -- and elsewhere too -- about which players have and haven't been attending the Baltimore Ravens' voluntary organized team activities the past three weeks. The Ravens were missing seven players during their first OTA opening to media two Wednesdays ago. Attendance dipped the following Wednesday. This week, 19 players were not on the field. Is this a big deal? Here are some points and factoids to consider.
Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard was rewarded this month with a contract extension, a deal that can keep him in Baltimore through 2015. Pollard made 75 tackles and broke up a career-high 13 passes in 2011, but Pollard insists his attitude and his play won't change now that he has a new deal.
Ravens rookie safety Christian Thompson knows that the way he will earn playing time this season is on special teams. That's how most rookies first make their mark in the NFL, but that will be especially true for Thompson in Baltimore. The Ravens, who are deep in the secondary, struggled on special teams last season.
In a span of a couple of hours last night, the Ravens signed wide receiver Jacoby Jones, reached a contract extension with veteran safety Bernard Pollard, agreed to terms with three of their draft picks and learned that star pass rusher Terrell Suggs had successful surgery to repair a torn Achilles¿ tendon.