Minicamps To Be Fast-Paced

The Ravens open their 2010 minicamps with the first mandatory session this weekend.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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With the Ravens’ mandatory minicamp this weekend, it will mark the first time the entire team will be on the practice field.

Now, all tenured veterans who typically train away from team headquarters are expected to attend the minicamp and step right back in line.

The biggest learning curve goes to the current class of rookies – both draft picks and free agents – who will get their first taste of NFL-caliber football. The newcomers will have their hands full while the Ravens focus on installing the basic tenets of their offense, defense and special teams.

Harbaugh said he will not slow the schedule for anyone.

“We’re just going to hit the ground running,” Head Coach John Harbaugh explained. “We’ll have everybody in, throw everything at them and be as physical and fast-paced as we can make it. It’s going to be part of our entire learning system.”

While the excitement of a full and malleable roster in Owings Mills is palpable, this camp won’t mark the first step towards the 2010 season.

That journey officially began on March 15 with the Ravens’ offseason conditioning program and football schools.

The Ravens have enjoyed high numbers at the voluntary conditioning program, which gives coaches a chance to meet with individual players and those players a chance to work into game shape.

“I can’t wait to see the young guys, can’t wait to see the vets,” said Harbaugh. “It will be fun to have everybody together. I’m excited to build on our football schools.

“This is a big step in the process, but it’s not the first step. We’ve been going at it for about seven weeks now.”

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