Born out of a need to reconnect with their fans after moving training camp from Westminster to the team facility in Owings Mills, Monday¿s yearly open practice at M&T Bank Stadium is a favorite of coach John Harbaugh.
The true litmus test for new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and his blended offense that still incorporates many of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's West Coast offensive concepts is roughly six weeks away.
This year, the Ravens aren't at the center of the ugly storm caused by offseason arrests and the national debate over the punishment of a star performer. That circus has moved to New England Patriots training camp.
Following a season in which he primarily served as a lead blocker for running back Justin Forsett, who rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns, fullback Kyle Juszczyk will report to training camp on Wednesday with designs on catching more passes this season.
There seems to be a consensus among football pundits leaguewide: The Ravens, who annually lose veteran talent and replace it with young and unproven players, will again enter the season as one of the better teams in the AFC, and in good position to make the playoffs for the seventh time in head coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.
Each day until the start of training camp, The Baltimore Sun will break down where the Ravens stand at each position, including predictions on how many players the team will keep at each spot and which players are locks, long shots or "on the bubble." Today, we examine running backs.
The Ravens managed to lower veteran punter Sam Koch's salary-cap figure by $700,000 when they signed him to a five-year, $16.25 million contract extension, according to NFL Players Association records and league sources.
The sad fact that free time has not been the Ravens' friend is well-documented. But the message has been sent from owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh that the Ravens have reached the end of their patience with the kind of off-field idiocy that has badly scarred the image of the franchise.
So, after wrapping up three days of a minicamp Thursday and not being able to practice again until training camp starts in about a month, what is the current status of the Ravens running game under first-year coordinator Marc Trestman? "I'm really excited," said Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele.
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.
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.
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.
Although the Ravens signed veteran runner Justin Forsett to a three-year, $9 million contract in March as their returning starter, they're still likely to reinforce the running back position with a rookie to work in tandem with him.
From now until April 30, the first round of the 2014 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.