By the time the downpour came and lighting flashed around the perimeter of Raymond James Stadium, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs had long found a spot on the Ravens¿ sideline where they would remain the rest of the night.
Most of the Ravens' position battles won't be decided until much later in the preseason, but the starting lineups for Thursday's opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers included no significant surprises.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Kris Jones, who blogs about the Ravens for Russell Street Report.
Since the Ravens launched training camp last week, a deep, versatile defensive line has dominated blockers in what could be a sneak preview of the season. It's early, but depth upfront appears transformed into a hallmark instead of a question mark.
The Ravens' regular-season opener against Dumervil's old team — the Denver Broncos — was more than five months away but Suggs was already excited to know he'd be keeping good company in his quest to hit, harass and haul down quarterbacks during the 2013 season.
Months before they would lift the Lombardi Trophy into the confetti-filled air, the Ravens' top decision makers started to have regular discussions about the future of the organization and the potentially wide-scale changes it would face following the 2012 season.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Phil Gentile, who blogs about the Baltimore Ravens for Purple Reign.
During their Super Bowl season in 2012, the Ravens at times defied doubters, logic and historical precedent. One trend they bucked, something that is starting to get a little attention in these dog days before training camp, is how the Ravens became the first NFL team in more than a decade to win the Super Bowl despite finishing the season with a negative sack differential.
Given that track record of success after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, Harbaugh is maintaining his low-key approach and staying the course. When asked if he's consulting with other coaches that have won championships as far as how they attempted to defend their titles, Harbaugh indicated he'll continue to consult with his usual advisors.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Dan Bryden, who blogs about the Ravens for Baltimore Sports and Life.
After last week's mandatory minicamp, Ravens players and coaches have gone their separate ways. After a productive 12 months, they should savor these next few weeks before getting back to business in late July.
In May, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh created a position for Spagnuolo, bringing aboard a coach who was once regarded as a rising coaching star as the architect of the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLII defense. Spagnuolo is now trying to regain that luster.
The difference between lining up over left tackle and the left shoulder of the left guard may not seem vast, but defensive tackle Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens admits he felt lost in space when asked to play the five-technique defensive end position in 2012.
It's not exactly where the Ravens want to see one of their most accomplished defensive players. However, training camp is still about a month and a half away and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh believes that Ngata is "right where he needs to be."
Preston never put a lot of stock in OTAs because the season is still a few months away and there could be some significant changes to the roster before the regular season opener. But here are a few casual observations from watching the first workout open to the media Wednesday.
The Ravens have bolstered the talent and depth on their defensive line this offseason with the additions of Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and the selection of big nose tackle Brandon Williams in April's NFL draft. But with all that shuffling on the defensive line, what role will fourth-year defensive end Arthur Jones have?
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Ravens had an extremely eventful offseason where they overhauled their roster and dealt with a tight salary-cap situation by making a series of tough decisions.
The projected front seven of the Baltimore Ravens defense weighs will weigh just under a ton, which is also about the same as a smart car, a large walrus or the Johnny Unitas statue outside M&T Bank Stadium.