Administrative Day Features Football

The entire team took the field Thursday for a closed practice.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Categories: 2009 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

Things may have been a little rusty, but the tempo was there during Thursday’s practice, which was closed to the media and public.

Dubbed an “administrative day,” the session was mainly to get the full team back together and give the guys a chance to regain their sea legs.

The newest Raven, offensive tackle Michael Oher, was on the field, as well.

That made for a starting offensive line of (left to right) Jared Gaither, Ben Grubbs, Matt BirkChris Chester and Oher. Marshal Yanda is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a knee injury.

It didn’t seem like Oher missed a beat. He said he’d been working out with the University of Memphis football team in his hometown.

Now that Oher is in town after a brief holdout, I’m betting he’s going to have to take some members of the offense out to dinner.

Here are some other observations from practice:

  • Another lineman that had a solid day was tackle Oniel Cousins, who received praise on one occasion from offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for leading the charge on a screen pass.
  • Joe Flacco made an amazing throw to tight end Todd Heap over the middle for a first down. He slipped the ball through two defenders, prompting Cameron to shout, “Go through that tiny window, Joe! Nice job.”
  • Heap sprinted out all of his catches about 30 yards past where he was first touched and had the familiar striding gait he showed when he has been healthy.
  • Ray Lewis scolded Flacco when he batted down a pass, yelling, “I told you not to test me early.”
  • It was obvious that Terrell Suggs is happy to be back on the field with his teammates. He was playfully talking trash all day. “I want some of Spiderman,” he howled at Demetrius Williams, who is nicknamed after the superhero. “Oh no, I’m going to take out some Miami,” Suggs said to University of Miami alum Willis McGahee.
  • Linebacker Tavares Gooden dropped a shoestring interception, but despite that blunder, was still all over the field.

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