The Ravens will practice at M&T Bank Stadium for the only time during training camp, Monday night a 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, with an autograph session for children and fireworks after practice. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Here’s what I’ll be looking for when the Ravens take the field:
How rookies, like tight ends Maxx Williams and running back Buck Allen, respond to working at M&T
It will be a different atmosphere, moving from the practice facility at Owings Mills to the stadium where the Ravens play on Sundays. More fans, bigger surroundings, perhaps a little more nerves for the younger players.
“It’s another step,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “When we first came back and we first went to the stadium – I’m going to say four years ago maybe – we had a really bad practice. It was kind of a shock to their system to be in that environment. We’re dropping passes, messing up assignments – nothing like we had done up to that point. So I just think it’s a real plus to put them in that environment. Plus, it’s great for our fans.
“I would just encourage in this whole greater Baltimore area – or whatever – (to) bring your kids in, get them a hot dog and a Coke and have a great time, and have a great night, and enjoy the stadium, because it’s a jewel. It’s a beautiful place to be.”
Justin Tucker attempting some long field goals
Tucker likes working in the stadium where he will be kicking during the regular season. He’s already one of the best kickers in the NFL, but Tucker would like to be even more accurate from beyond 50 yards.
“If there’s any kind of emphasis, really what we’re trying to do is to keep the same swing (and) make those kicks without having to change our technique,” said special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg.
Matt Elam (biceps) looks like the only serious injury, but linebacker Elvis Dumervil (Achlilles tendinitis), cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) and Tray Walker (hamstring), and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) may all miss this practice. The Ravens don’t want the injury list to get any longer.