OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Quarterback Robert Griffin III unleashed a deep pass that hit Jaleel Scott in stride for a touchdown pass of about 60 yards, but that was one of the few offensive highlights during the Ravens' OTA workout open to the media May 30.
Overall, the offense struggled to find much rhythm during 7-on-7 or full-squad drills, and head coach John Harbaugh attributed some of that to the development of the Ravens' new offense this offseason.
"The offense is always going to be behind the defense this time of year," Harbaugh said, "especially when the defense has had the system in place for a year. ... Offensively, we're doing the same thing this year."
"The terminology’s a lot different," Harbaugh added, "and that's for all the guys, especially the quarterbacks. They have to operate it. They have to make the calls. ... All those things are part of the execution of the offense."
Here are some observations from the Ravens May 30 workout:
Hard work for receivers: The quarterbacks made their receivers work, with several passes that were either underthrown or otherwise off-target. A pass from Griffin bounced off Jordan Lasley and was intercepted by rookie cornerback Iman Lewis-Marshall, and in a different drill, underthrown passes by Lamar Jackson were nearly picked off by Anthony Averett and Chuck Clark. All three quarterbacks threw passes that required tough adjustments by the receivers or that led the receivers too far to the sideline.
Jackson's best pass might have been a throw that he lofted to tight end Mark Andrews just over the outstretched hand of linebacker Chris Board.
In addition to catching the long touchdown pass, Scott, a 2018 fourth-round pick who missed all of last season on injured reserve, caught a red-zone touchdown pass from Jackson while being covered by cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
The Ravens' receiver rotation again did not include rookie draft picks Marquise Brown (foot) and Miles Boykin (hamstring), who are on the mend from injuries, and Willie Snead wore a red noncontact jersey. He said he was just taking precaution as he recovers from offseason surgery on his finger.
Culley is a vocal teacher: With the retirement of special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, new receivers coach David Culley might be the most vocal coach on the Ravens' practice field. His voice carries across the field as he instructs his receivers on the finer points of a pattern or a play.
Culley, whose title includes assistant head coach and passing game coordinator, joined the Ravens this year after working for the past two years as the Buffalo Bills' quarterbacks coach. He and Harbaugh worked together for 10 years on Andy Reid's staff in Philadelphia.
"For us to get him is a coup," Harbaugh said, adding, "I would say he's the best straight-up teacher-communicator that I've seen coaching football one-on-one."
Vedvik is back in form: Kicker Kaare Vedvik hit two long field goals in practice, including one of about 60 yards, before missing wide left on a long one. Vedvik spent all last season on the nonfootball injury list after being assaulted and hospitalized in Baltimore at the end of the preseason. There isn't a spot on the Ravens' roster for Vedvik with Justin Tucker entrenched as the team's kicker, but if the Marshall product has another strong training camp, Vedvik could be a late-summer trade chip for the Ravens.
J.Smith, B. Williams, Thomas practice: Veterans Jimmy Smith, Brandon Williams and Earl Thomas were on the practice field after sitting out the OTA workout open to the media last week. Thomas' practice this week is his first since breaking his leg with the Seattle Seahawks last fall. Safety Tony Jefferson, who is mending from offseason ankle surgery, was again on the practice field in street clothes.
Veterans who missed the workout included guard Marshal Yanda, cornerback Brandon Carr, tackle Ronnie Stanley, linebacker Matthew Judon and defensive lineman Michael Pierce.
In addition to Marquise Brown, Boykin and those veterans, other Ravens absent from the workout included running back Kenneth Dixon, offensive guard Alex Lewis (shoulder), defensive back Cyrus Jones, linebackers Pernell McPhee, Alvin Jones and Otaro Alaka; and defensive lineman Gerald Willis.
Follow Bo on Twitter @bsmolka
Photo Credit: Kenya Allen/PressBox