Ravens Get First Taste Of Nike Jerseys

Players share their opinions after wearing them for the first time during OTAs.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at 9:09 am | Categories: 2012 Training Camp, Ryan Mink

Not everyone is in love with the look.

But as far as the feel of the new Nike jerseys, a sample of Ravens players was satisfied after wearing them for the first time at OTAs.

“Nike always makes a nice product, so I’m happy with them,” fullback Vonta Leach said. “The jersey isn’t as heavy on you when you sweat a lot. So I like them.”

Nike supplanted Reebok as the NFL’s exclusive maker of on-field apparel this spring.

JerseysRather than making significant design alterations, Nike focused on performance.

The jerseys have a more slender cut, yet a more stretchy fabric that is supposed to enhance mobility. They have mesh ventilation on the sides and flywire technology around the collar that help keep the player cool.

“I am a big fan of Nike, always have been,” tight end Dennis Pitta said. “Their jerseys are comfortable, lightweight, flexible. I wore Nike in college and I’m excited for the change this year to Nike.”

Fellow tight end Ed Dickson wore Nike’s flashy bright yellow Oregon uniforms in college. So while he said he would have liked to have seen more style changes – suggested a matted black helmet – he’s happy with the technology.

“It’s about time,” Dickson said of the switch. “When we put those pads on, it’s going to be a world of difference. They are weatherproof, so when it’s raining out there they won’t absorb water. It’ll be really different.”

The main complaints were about the look. Baltimore kept its same styling, and the flywire around the neck that features additional black components is the only noticeable change.

“I thought Nike would have done something better like how they did the college jerseys and stuff,” nose tackle Terrence Cody said. “Shoot, we could have stuck with the Reebok jerseys.”

“It looks more like Starship Troopers. It looks like those space-age suits,” safety Bernard Pollard added. “But whatever they put on me to go out there and hit somebody, that’s what I’m doing.”

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