Only two Ravens’ TC dates open to the general public in the summer of 2014…But you can win a lottery and attend a closed practice session. Man, makes you really miss the old TC days at Westminster…
Here’s how the training camp schedule shapes up:
Ravens training camp begins July 24 and ends Aug. 14.
This is the third year that the Ravens have held closed camp at their Owings Mills headquarters.
Ravens’ training camp practices will be limited to 300 fans who must win tickets through an online lottery [go to www.BaltimoreRavens.com to get the details on entering the lottery].
Here are the practice sessions open to the general public:
The Ravens will hold their first-ever Fireworks Night at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. The fireworks and laser show will start following practice.
The team also will practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, on Aug. 4. at 7 p.m. Both practices open to the general public are free to attend, except for parking.
Meanwhile, Jamison Hensley at ESPN.com ran a fan poll which asked: what 2nd-year Ravens player would make the biggest performance jump forward in 2014?
The overwhelming response was safety Matt Elam, who got 59% of the vote:
Total Vote through June 12: 1,105
Matt Elam (S) 59%
Marlon Brown (WR) 18%
Arthur Brown (ILB) 9%
Brandon Williams (DT) 8%
Rick Wagner (OT) 6%
Reporters like Hensley have also noted that newly acquired veteran center Jeremy Zuttah looks great in practice so far.
The Ravens signed Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million contract upon trading for him with Tampa Bay. The hope is Zuttah is a long-term solution like Matt Birk, who started for the Ravens for four seasons (2009-12). As Hensley noted, “If Zuttah works out, they are getting a good value for a starting center (an average salary of $3.6 million). If he isn’t as much of an upgrade as expected, the Ravens can part ways with him after the 2015 season.”
“He’s taking command of what we’re doing on the O-line and doing his best to give us the direction that he has to,” left tackle Eugene Monroe said. “And he’s going to grind. He’s going to work. So, I’m glad to have him.”
Zuttah, 27, has started 76 games in his six-year career, although only 31 came at center. Last season was his first full one as a starting center.
“Jeremy Zuttah is doing a great job,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s smart, really smart, really mature, goes about his business in a mature way. I’m just very impressed with how smart he is.”