The 2015 Ravens will be together as a full team for the first time this week with workouts scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center. Players will practice for the final time before the start of training camp in July.
Sidelined last year after suffering major injuries during training camp in August, Brent Urban and Karpron Lewis-Moore are back on the practice field and expected to be part of the Ravens' defensive line rotation this season.
The Ravens' starting offensive line, plus defensive standouts Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Lardarius Webb, and Chris Canty were all absent from the open portion of the Ravens' third day of OTAs Monday.
While we learned a little last week about Joe Flacco's adjustment to Marc Trestman's version of the West Coast offense, Timmy Jernigan's ascension to the starting defensive line and just how much longer 36-year-old wide receiver Steve Smith might play in the NFL, all of that has been sufficiently discussed and dissected.
OTAs have purpose, but only under certain circumstances. For veterans, being a no-show is no big deal. Their basic game plan is to show up for one of the three, then the mandatory minicamp and then training camp.
Inside linebacker Daryl Smith was a player many thought they might not see for the first of three optional workouts. Then in walked Smith, admittedly "running a little behind" but in Owings Mills, ready to show an increasingly young defensive core that even veterans can benefit from OTAs.
The Ravens will have their first of three weeks of organized team activities, starting Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center. More than anything, the workouts will give the Ravens coaching staff a glimpse of what kind of shape certain players are in and how the rookie class acclimates with the veterans, along with providing players a precursor to the mandatory June 16-18 minicamp.
Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens¿ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.
As they prepare for this year's draft, which gets underway with Thursday's first round, the Ravens seemingly have more needs on offense than defense. They want another running back and a tight end and they are thin on outside targets for quarterback Joe Flacco. If there was a draft where the Ravens would target offense, this would seemingly be it.
Day two of free agency brought more reminders of the Ravens' key offseason losses. The team continued to weigh their free-agent options, exercising patience as they try to fill roster holes without an abundance of salary cap space.
On Thursday at the annual State of the Ravens address, Steve Bisciotti, seated alongside Ravens president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh, was relaxed, introspective and clearly excited about the future of the organization.
The suddenness of it all was probably the hardest thing to accept for the Ravens, who spent Sunday emptying the contents of their lockers into large trash bags, saying their goodbyes to teammates and grudgingly embracing a long offseason and, in some cases, an uncertain future.