Through the first two days of training camp, Ravens quarterbacks have struck gold on the field.
That is, with their practice jerseys.
The Ravens made a tweak to their quarterback practice jerseys this summer, debuting new ones with shiny gold trim along the numbers, which is a change from the previous jerseys that could hardly show the numbers because there wasn’t any color between the number and the rest of the jersey.
For comparison, here are the old ones:
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said team owner Steve Bisciotti is to thank for the change.
“Steve couldn’t read them either,” he joked after Thursday’s practice.
While the old number trim was darker and made it tricky for most to see, it didn’t concern Ravens coaches much.
“It’s really interesting because, as a coach, if all these guys — if none of these guys — had a number out here, and I was watching the tape as a coach, I could tell who everyone is,” Harbaugh said. “I think any coach would tell you that. You just know your people. You know how they move; you know what they look like. But if you don’t do it every day, you know, you need the numbers.”
– Aron Yohannes
2:30: Stanley, Flowers absent from Day 3
Rookie wide receiver Zay Flowers and left tackle Ronnie Stanley were notable absences from the start of practice Friday.
Flowers, who impressed through the first two days of camp, didn’t leave practice with any concerns on Wednesday or Thursday. He suffered a “minor tweak” in OTAs but participated fully in minicamp.
For the veteran lineman Stanley, it could be a rest day, considering his recent injury history. Stanley, who in minicamp said, “this is as good as I’ve felt since 2019, preseason 2020,” has dealt with ankle trouble since the second half of 2020.
Harbaugh should have updates about both after practice.
– Aron Yohannes
5:10: Proche’s mixed bag
Ravens wide receiver James Proche II’s catch to remember Friday quickly turned into a day to forget.
Proche, who entered training camp fighting for a spot on the team’s 53-man roster, made a one-handed catch in the opening 11-on-11 period, reaching above his head to snag a pass from quarterback Lamar Jackson as he tumbled to the near corner of the end zone.
But the nearby official ruled Proche had only one foot in bounds. Incomplete pass. The rest of the afternoon was a mixed bag for the usually sure-handed Proche. In sweltering heat, he couldn’t secure a somewhat elevated pass over the middle from Jackson in a later 11-on-11 period. In a seven-on-seven session, cornerback Marlon Humphrey drove on a curl route by Proche to deny a completion. Three plays later, Proche had another `drop.
The fourth-year wideout bounced back late in practice, connecting with the reserve quarterbacks for a handful of catches. But, for players on the bubble, every play matters, the good and the bad.
– Jonas Shaffer