PHILADELPHIA -- The Ravens start three days of joint practices with the Eagles on Wednesday, ahead of Saturday night’s preseason game in Philadelphia. It should be an interesting week, with all three workouts starting at 11:30 a.m.
Here’s what to watch:
• Let’s get ready to rumble?
The Cowboys and Rams fought during a joint practice Tuesday. The Redskins and Texans had a melee during joint practices earlier this month.
So will the Ravens and Eagles be able to restrain themselves? The Ravens and 49ers didn’t fight during joint practices last year, but that was Ravens coach John Harbaugh coaching against his brother, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. This time, it will be Harbaugh on one sideline and Eagles coach Chip Kelly on the other.
Harbaugh was preaching peace on Tuesday.
“I felt we did a great job last year with San Francisco in terms of keeping it about business, treating one another with respect,” Harbaugh said. “There was no extracurricular stuff right after the play. We’re counting on the Eagles to do that, and we’ll be emphasizing that to our guys as well. Really, when you practice together, you’re like a team. You have to function as a team in a sense, and that’s what we tried to do last year with San Francisco. We’ll try to accomplish that again.
However, when the temperature gets high, and tempers grow short, maintaining order is easier said than done.
• Which players will make a statement?
This is a golden opportunity for players vying for playing time and roster spots. There’s plenty of competition at the Ravens wide receiver spot. Jeremy Butler and DeAndre Carter are both vying to make the final 53. Kamar Aiken is trying to win a starting role opposite Steve Smith, especially with Breshad Perriman missing so much time with his knee injury. Any receiver who consistently beats Eagles cornerbacks in drills will catch the coaching staff’s attention.
• Fast and furious tempo
The Eagles get a lot of attention for their quick practice and game tempo under Kelly. But the Ravens pride themselves on being one of the NFL’s hardest-working teams, if not the hardest.
“There’s nobody that gets more reps than we do in practice,” Harbaugh said.
Let the joint practices begin.
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