OWINGS MILLS – News and notes from Tuesday’s Ravens practice, their last before Thursday’s preseason home game against the Saints:
-Lardarius Webb was back on the practice field after tweaking his hamstring Monday.
That’s a good sign for the Ravens, who hope to open this season with both starting corners, Webb and Jimmy Smith, healthy.
-Backup quarterback Matt Schaub talked about his interceptions.
Schaub has thrown more than a few picks during practices. But Schaub met with the media Tuesday, and said some of those interceptions came from taking chances he would not take during games.
“You never what them (interceptions)” Schaub said. “This time of year, you want to test things. You want to see who’s going to be able to separate, who’s going to make plays, test yourself. You don’t want things to be completely easy.”
Schaub is expected to play a lot Thursday night. It will be interesting to see how he performs in his first live action as the Ravens’ backup quarterback.
-Tuesday’s practice was more of a jog-through than full speed.
Coach John Harbaugh wants players fresh for Thursday night. Those who did not practice Tuesday included defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Don’t expect to see Perriman on the field Thursday, after missing his 10th straight practice.
-Backup running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is embracing his battle with Buck Allen to be the No. 2 back.
Taliaferro reported to training camp leaner and quicker, knowing his playing time will be earned.
“Going into every year, you’ve always got to compete,” Taliaferro said. “When I first got here, coach Harbaugh made that very clear – at every position you got to compete. Guys go from third string to first string very quickly, whether it’s injury or whatever it is. You just have to be ready for your opportunity.”
The battle between Allen and Taliaferro will likely extend throughout the preseason. Both are playing well, which is good for the Ravens’ depth behind Forsett.