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How exciting is it to see the team go full contact?
The Ravens went to full-team mode and ran a healthy dose of plays for Le’Ron McClain up the middle to challenge the interior tackles. McClain didn’t have any run over 3 yards.
It’s going to be very tough to run against a defensive line that features Kelly Gregg, Haloti Ngata, JustinBannan, Trevor Pryce, Dwan Edwards, Brandon McKinney, Lamar Divens, etc. I could go on. In fact, depending on the numbers game, a few really good defensive tackles will probably hit the open market when training camp is over.
That being said, Gregg is going at top-speed, and he has looked great. The former wrestler is mixing it up with the best of them. He even made one tackle of running back Ray Rice lunging from his knees.
Here are some notes and observations from the practice field:
Kickers Steve Hauschka and Graham Gano each had four consecutive tries from 20, 36, 41, 46 yards. Gano was a perfect 4-for-4, but Hauschka missed from 36.
The Ravens are using some interesting defensive formations. Linebacker Ray Lewis actually split out wide to cover a receiver in coverage.
And, the offense chipped in by running an option play where Joe Flacco pitched to Marcus Smith.
Todd Heap might have had the catch of the day, even though it was only for 10 yards. He went over the middle for a Flacco dart, but it was thrown to his outside shoulder. Heap basically reached back and did a 360-degree turn to reel in the ball before he was popped by Dawan Landry.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb had a good string of plays covering Mark Clayton. He laid a big hit on Clayton on a quick 5-yard reception, then broke up a touchdown bomb to No. 89 three snaps later.
Running back Ray Rice made a one-handed grab during 10-on-10 drills. He caught the ball from Troy Smith.
Biron Ealy had another astounding grab when he hauled in a Joe Flacco pass for 30 yards on the left sideline. He was boxed in by Webb and safety K.J. Gerard, but managed to reach one arm through the two defenders for the reception.
The media horde is incredible here. It’s going to be pretty crazy after practice.