Your Unofficial Guide To Ravens Training Camp 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Phil Gentile

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The Biggest Storylines:

1. Can Ray Rice return to form?

The Ravens running back had a 2013 he'd probably like to forget. Whether you blame it on the hip injury, a subpar offensive line, or Rice's declining skill set, the guy just didn't seem the same. Rice averaged 3.08 yards per carry, a full 1.46 off his previous career mark. Things didn't get any better during the offseason, when Rice was charged with third-degree aggravated assault. 

Ray Rice has had 1,621 carries over his six year career. That's not even counting the huge workload he carried at Rutgers. Are his best days behind him or was 2013 just a fluke? How he looks during camp and the preseason could tell us alot about Rice's future here in Baltimore and in the NFL in general.

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2. Will Kubiak's West Coast offense make a difference?

Under Jim Caldwell last season the Ravens finished 29th in the league in total offense and Joe Flacco set a career high for interceptions. Meanwhile, the Texans offense finished in the top 10 in the NFL in four of the past six years under Gary Kubiak. Will the West Coast offense help get the Ravens a top ten offense? I'm excited to see how he helps Joe Flacco, who hasn't seemed 100% comfortable with the Ravens offense over the last couple seasons.


3. Can the Ravens avoid a devastating injury?

Last year it was Dennis Pitta. In previous years the team has watched other key contributors lost for the season before it even started. While training camp is a great way to evaluate your young talent, it sends Ravens Nation into a panic whenever a starter is slow to get up from a tackle. Let's hope none of the team's top talent fall to the same fate. Losing someone like Joe Flacco or Jimmy Smith would be devastating for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. 



Veterans On The Bubble:

Terrence Cody

Already listed on the physically unable to perform list, Cody has done little to justify the Ravens brass taking him in the 2nd round back in 2010. He has yet to record an NFL sack and has just 87 total tackles in four professional seasons. If he's unable to get on the field this preseason he could be headed on his way out of town for someone with some actual potential like rookies Timmy Jernigan and Brent Urban.

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LaQuan Williams/Deonte Thompson

Two talented young receivers that seemed to be oozing potential over the last couple preseasons but it never translated to regular season production. Thompson was arrested this offseason and the Ravens released Williams last season only to sign him again in April. I love undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler, who is much cheaper than the Williams/Thompson combo plus at 6-foot-2 could represent a nice redzone target for Flacco.


AQ Shipley

Worried about Gino Gradkowski, the team acquired Shipley late last offseason as insurance. After going back and watching some of the film the only thing he insured was that he shouldn't see the field unless absolutely necessary. After the team added Jeremy Zuttah this offseason he might be an easy cap cut for a team looking to save money wherever they can.



Best Depth Chart Battles:

Ricky Wagner vs. the field

The Ravens’ right tackle spot seems to be up for grabs and should be one of the more entertaining camp battles. Michael Oher left via free agency and Ozzie Newsome chose not to address the position in the draft. Wagner would have been an early round draft pick himself last year if it wasn't for a knee injury late in his senior season at Wisconsin.

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Darian Stewart vs. Terrence Brooks

Stewart has NFL experience so he's clearly the favorite at the moment. Plus he's only 25 years old so he's not an aging veteran. Brooks is the future at the free safety position for the Ravens but if it takes him a while to learn the pro game Stewart is a decent stop-gap option. His problem has always been staying healthy.


CJ Mosley vs. Arthur Brown

These two are going to be an exciting duo to watch for the next decade in the middle of this Ravens defense. I can't wait. Do you know who can wait? Daryl Smith. He led the Ravens in tackles last season and will probably do it again this season. While I like Arthur Brown's potential I have to think Mosley will get the first shot at starting opposite Smith. Mosley can do everything on the field and is the future leader of this defense.




The Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 training camp will feature individual practices to be held at M&T Bank Stadium and the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to host a training camp practice on Saturday, Aug. 4, and then the Ravens will practice at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 12. Both of these sessions are free and open to the public.


Preseason Schedule:

Week 1: San Francisco 49ers, Thursday August 7th

Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys, Saturday August 16th

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins, Saturday August 23rd

Week 4: at New Orleans Saints, Thursday August 28th


The Ravens will be holding a majority of training camp at their facility in Owings Mills which unfortunately isn't open to the public. The team did hold a lottery for 13 practices in which two hundred fans were randomly selected to see practice at the Under Armour Performance Center


Here is info on the three team practices that are open to the public:

Location: M&T Bank Stadium

  • When: July 28th
  • Practice Start Time: 7 p.m.
  • Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.
  • Parking: Lots open at 4 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating.
  • $10 for parking
  • Post-practice player autograph session for children and a fireworks/laser show


Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis)

  • When: Aug. 4th
  • Practice Start Time: 7 p.m.
  • Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.
  • Parking: Lots open at 4 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating.
  • $10 for cars and $25 for buses
  • Parking may be purchased via http://www.navysports.com


Event: Ravens-49ers Practice at M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD) – Free and Open to the Public
When: Friday, Aug. 8
Practice Start Time: 1 p.m.
Gates Open: 12 p.m.
Parking: Stadium lots open at 11 a.m. The parking fee is $10.
Details: The practice will feature entertainment that includes the Baltimore Marching Ravens Pep Band, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer. The Ravens Team Store and concession stands will also be open.



2014 Draft Class:

1st Round - ILB C.J. Mosley

2nd Round - NT Timmy Jernigan

3rd Round - S Terrence Brooks

3rd Round - TE Crockett Gilmore

4th Round - DE/DT Brent Urban

4th Round - RB Lorenzo Taliaferro

5th Round - G John Urschel

6th Round - QB Keith Wenning

7th Round - Michael Campanaro



Undrafted Free Agents:

XAVIUS BOYD
No. 47
Linebacker
Western Kentucky
6-2, 239


LEVI BROWN
No. 61
Defensive Tackle
Temple
6-2, 310


JEREMY BUTLER

No. 17

Wide Receiver

Tennessee-Martin

6-2, 224 


JACE DAVIS
No. 16
Wide Receiver
Northern Colorado
6-1, 206


PARKER GRAHAM
No. 79
Tackle
Oklahoma State
6-7, 308 


DERRICK HOPKINS
No. 78
Defensive Tackle
Virginia Tech
6-0, 321 


JAMES HURST
No. 74
Tackle
North Carolina
6-5, 296


TRAMAIN JACOBS
No. 39
Cornerback
Texas A&M
5-11, 182


RICHIE LEONE
No. 8
Punter
Houston
6-3, 211


JAMIE MEDER
No. 63
Defensive Tackle
Ashland
6-2, 304


DEXTER MOODY
No. 42
Safety
Albany State
6-1, 213


DEJI OLATOYE           
No. 32        
Cornerback
North Carolina A&T
6-1, 198


ZACHARY ORR
No. 45
Linebacker
North Texas
6-0, 237


A.J. PATAIALI’I
No. 67
Defensive Tackle
Utah State
6-3, 307


AVERY PATTERSON
No. 38
Cornerback
Oregon
5-8, 191 


SAMMY SEAMSTER
No. 37
Cornerback
Middle Tennessee State
6-0, 200


BRETT VAN SLOTEN
No. 61
Tackle
Iowa
6-5, 301


Offseason Additions:

WR Steve Smith (acquired from Carolina Panthers)

RB Justin Forsett

TE Owen Daniels

C Jeremy Zuttah (acquired from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

S Darian Stewart

CB Aaron Ross

CB Dominique Franks


Offseason Departures:

FB Vonta Leach

WR Tandon Smith

TE Ed Dickson

OT Michael Oher

DE/DT Arthur Jones

ILB Jameel McClain

CB Corey Graham

S James Ihedigbo

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