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Ravens Offense Struggles During Practice Sessions After Rout of Rams

August 13, 2018
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- After looking efficient and effective during a 33-7 rout of the Los Angeles Rams Aug. 9, the Ravens' offense has struggled during the past two practice periods, with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg acknowledging after the Aug. 13 workout that there have been "too many mistakes."

Case in point: Ravens quarterbacks threw at least four interceptions during the Aug. 13 workout, including two that would have been returned for touchdowns on back-to-back plays. 

On the first of those, cornerback Brandon Carr stepped in front of quarterback Robert Griffin III's pass intended for tight end Nick Keizer. On the next snap, quarterback Josh Woodrum's pass was batted at the line of scrimmage by defensive end Brent Urban and hauled in by defensive lineman Patrick Ricard, who raced the other way and punctuated the play by spiking the ball in the end zone.

Later, rookie linebacker Chris Board made a leaping interception of a pass by Woodrum, and linebacker Kenny Young picked off a pass thrown by quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Ravens also had issues during a red-zone drill. During a span of seven plays, wide receiver Chris Moore and tight ends Mark Andrews and Keizer could not hold on to passes, and Woodrum threw the pass intercepted by Board.

This came a day after Ravens' receivers had issues with drops during individual and team sessions. 

Mornhinweg said some of the issues came as a result of new plays and formations being added as the Ravens look to solidify their playbook during the final few weeks of the preseason. But he said there were "too many mistakes today. So we've got to get that thing squared away."

"We have to be able to take it from the classroom [to] the field," Mornhinweg added. "We do that much of the time during the regular season. ... We have to do a better job of that."

Receivers Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead and Chris Moore are considered locks to make the 53-man roster, but the competition will be fierce for the final couple of receiver slots among as many as a half dozen candidates. 

They include Tim White and Janarion Grant, who appear to be the front-runners to win the returner job; rookie draft picks Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott; and former first-round pick Breshad Perriman, among others.

The competition "normally works itself out down the stretch late in the preseason," Mornhinweg said. 

"We're in a good situation there," he added.


PRESSURE OFF THE EDGE: Outside linebackers Tim Williams and Kamalei Correa continue to be disruptive off the edge. With linebacker Terrell Suggs sitting out the Aug. 13 practice, presumably for a veteran day off, the younger linebackers got more work and looked good again. 

Williams, at one point, blew past tackle Ronnie Stanley and would have sacked quarterback Lamar Jackson. Correa also got himself into the backfield more than once. It's easy to see why head coach John Harbaugh said on Aug. 12 that the "competition is starting to heat up" at outside linebacker.

GOING LONG: Though the offense struggled in general, Flacco and Moore provided the play of the day for the offense when Flacco rolled right then threw back across the field about 50 yards downfield, where Moore made a sliding catch.

YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAMS ON HAND: More than 50 youth football teams were guests at Ravens practice Aug. 13, watching the workout and then lining up for interviews afterward. They seemed to save their loudest autograph requests for Jackson. 

Griffin also drew "RG3!" chants and boisterous requests as he approached the autograph line after playing on the field with his 1-year-old daughter. He might not even make the Ravens' roster, but Griffin undeniably still has major star power.

BOWSER, M. WILLIAMS RETURN: A day after Harbaugh mentioned that linebacker Tyus Bowser "needs to get back out there" to compete for time at outside linebacker, the second-year player was back on the field after missing three practices and the Rams game with a groin injury. Tight end Maxx Williams, who appeared to have his ankle rolled up on in a joint practice with the Rams last week, also returned after missing the Rams game and the past two practices.

Safety Tony Jefferson (muscle pull) was on the field for individual drills with his left thigh bandaged but didn't do much and then left the practice field early. Other than Suggs, the only absences were cornerback Bennett Jackson (undisclosed) and linebacker Alvin Jones (undisclosed), along with the three players still on the physically-unable-to-perform list: wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (leg), linebacker Bam Bradley (knee) and cornerback Jaylen Hill (knee).

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