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When the weather finally let up, the Ravens headed out to the turf field at Bair Stadium. In the transition from in-doors to out, the players went to the locker room to put on their pads.
Considering the amount of rain that did fall, there is still a good showing of fans.
With that being said, here are some notes and observations from the afternoon:
The Ravens had 11,078 fans attending the morning practice. Wow! That is the biggest attendance at training camp for a practice that didn’t feature a scrimmage.
Receiver Kelley Washington ran sprints in one end zone while the rest of the team practiced. Washington is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Receiver Marcus Smith and defensive tackles Trevor Pryce and Will Johnson did not practice. Smith has cramps. Pryce had his foot stepped on in the morning session. Johnson had his right leg wrapped tightly in the a.m. practice.
Safety Haruki Nakamura made a super play when he jumped with the 6-foot-2 Demetrius Williams an broke up a 15-yard pass. Nakamura covered a lot of ground quickly to bat the ball away. After the play, Terrell Suggs called for his attention and gave him a bow, a playful homage to Nakamura’s Japanese heritage.
Linebacker Tavares Gooden got some shouts of joy from his defensive teammates for rushing to the backfield and crunching running back Jalen Parmele.
Already, you can see veteran center Matt Birk taking the lead with the Ravens’ young offensive line. He’s making all his calls with confidence.
Safety Dawan Landry poached a floating pass from Troy Smith and returned the interception for a touchdown as his fellow defenders cheered him on.
Receiver Demetrius Williams got some applause when he reached high for a 30-yard reception from Joe Flacco.