The defense's ability to apply pressure got off to a modest start when defensive end Pernell McPhee tagged quarterback Joe Flacco. But the pass rush really ramped up during a two-minute exercise during which backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was whistled down five times in six plays. The other play resulted in a Hail Mary from Taylor to rookie wide receiver Tommy Streeter getting deflected by strong safety Sean Considine and intercepted by inside linebacker Jameel McClain.
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.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left practice early yesterday, had his back lock up on him. Harbaugh said that it is a muscular issue that Smith also dealt with while playing at the University of Colorado. "It takes a couple of days usually for that to resolve," Harbaugh said.
The Ravens continued to tinker with their roster as they approach today's 4 p.m. first full-team practice of training camp, signing former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Logan Payne, and waiving undrafted free agent fullback Jamison Berryhill.
The Ravens will hold their first full-team practice of training camp on Thursday, July 26. Each day leading up to the official start of camp, The Sun will examine several key position battles that will be decided during preseason.
The game benefited the LaQuan Williams Foundation, which aims to help youth in the Baltimore area by providing programs to teach children sportsmanship, teamwork, proper nutrition and help them with their academics.
After joining the Baltimore Ravens after his release from the Houston Texans, Jacoby Jones now calls M&T Bank Stadium home. But his last two visits there with the Texans yielded very different outcomes.
Anquan Boldin is now in his third season with the Ravens, and after Tuesday's mandatory minicamp workout, the wide receiver said he expects the offense to be better than it has ever been during his time in Baltimore, and he says he hasn't played with a better group of wide receivers than they have now.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh ended his opening statement to reporters Wednesday with a shout-out to his five quarterbacks, but he mostly singled out Joe Flacco. But backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is also in his second season, also had a strong practice Wednesday.
The continued development of second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith has been evident at the Baltimore Ravens' two organized team activities that were open to media. Tandon Doss, who has buffed up a bit, has also caught my eye. And then there's LaQuan Williams, now in his second NFL season, who continues to exceed expectations.
On paper -- and we know the dangers of evaluating football teams on that alone -- it doesn't appear the Baltimore Ravens have done much to improve an offense that ranked 12th in the NFL in points scored and 15th in total yards a season ago. But there is reason to believe that the offense will be better in 2012: They will finally have a little continuity.
From contract negotiations with quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice to a potentially season-ending Achilles injury to star linebacker Terrell Suggs to coach John Harbaugh's comments on the New England Patriots to mercurial safety Ed Reed's controversial radio interviews, the Ravens have made plenty of off-the-field news this offseason.