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Marc Bulger officially began his tenure in Baltimore with Tuesday morning’s training camp practice, signaling the start of an intense evaluation period for Troy Smith and John Beck.
The two quarterbacks know that they have an intense battle ahead of them, but Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron believes the decision won’t be a tough one, whenever it is made.
“It’s not as complicated as everybody thinks,” said Cameron. ”We’ve got a lot of practice left, a lot of reps in practice. You just watch every drill, watch every practice, watch through the preseason games. It usually clarifies itself and is usually pretty obvious.”
In Tuesday’s practice – in which full-team work was impossible because it featured only rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans – both Smith and Beck got reps with the backups.
Bulger’s time was limited to reps mostly at a walk-through pace as he begins to pick up the Ravens’ version of a familiar offense.
Until the two-time Pro Bowler gets up to speed, Smith and Beck will have ample opportunities to shine.
Could that cloud the third-quarterback question?
“When it isn’t obvious, John [Harbaugh, Head Coach] and Ozzie [Newsome, General Manager] and I’m sure we’ll all put our heads together,” explained Cameron. ”Instinctively, you’ll make the decision that you need to make to help the team win.”
Regardless, Cameron believes the Ravens have greatly improved their quarterback room after only one day of practice and a few meetings with Bulger, who owns 22,814 passing yards and 95 starts with the St. Louis Rams.
“We take a lot of pride in developing the chemistry in that room, and I think he’s going to make it even better,” Cameron noted. ”He’s the right guy to come into that group and bring veteran experience in this system.”