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What would be your boyhood dream?
How about not only being at training camp practice every day, but being part of the drills.
That’s what Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron’s son, Danny, is experiencing at Ravens camp. During the individual quarterback drills, Danny is in on the same reps as Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor, Curtis Painter and Chester Stewart.
I know, lucky kid right?
Danny, 16, is a soon-to-be junior at Loyola-Blakefield High School. He plays quarterback, but for now he’s stuck behind a teammate named Jake Clise, who is a possible Division I prospect. So Danny will likely play safety for another year.
But if Danny keeps getting lessons from his dad, Quarterbacks Coach Jim Caldwell and the Ravens’ stable of signal-callers, he may not be the backup for too long.
It was hilarious talking to Caldwell and Taylor about Danny. I jokingly asked for a scouting report. They gave me one as if they were describing an NFL rookie.
“He’s a guy that’s capable and has ability and loves the game,” Caldwell said. “He works hard and he does well. I could see some improvement.”
“He’s looking good out there,” Taylor said. “His footwork is nice, I like his arm.”
Danny first learned how to throw a football from now Saints quarterback Drew Brees when he and Cam were together in San Diego.
Because of John Harbaugh’s open-door policy allowing players and coaches to bring their kids to the team facility whenever they’d like, Danny can continue his apprenticeship.
It’s a small, but meaningful, policy that helps Harbaugh promote family within the Ravens organization. It’s also a continuation of his own childhood experience.
Harbaugh grew up getting stuffed in lockers at Western Michigan as father Jack coached. Cam spent his childhood in the gymnasium at Indiana State, helping out dad Tom Harp.
You may have already heard of Danny. He’s the one who united his dad with a classmate struck with cancer, Matthew Costello. That introduction changed lives (and helped lead to the 83-yard Ray Rice touchdown gallop in the wild-card playoffs in New England).
It’s been neat to watch red-headed Danny (just like his dad) grow up around the Ravens program the past few years. It’s been more fun watching him get to throw right alongside Flacco and company this training camp.
“It’s amazing,” Danny said. “I never thought I would actually be able to do this.”