So I took the GF to the Ravens only practice open to the fans. It was at M&T, parking and admission were free. Cans of Bud Light were still 7.75. She wore her 52 jersey, I wore a plain black shirt. She got into it with the crowd, I watched the drills and scrimmage. And god are most Ravens' fans.. simple. I have to hear the guy behind me talking about how excited he is because they got Bernard Pollard who had 100+ tackles last year and Ed Reed only had 30.
Really? You're happy because a SS like Pollard who was the only gifted player in the Texans secondary had 100+ tackles cause you're disappointed with Reed, a FS, who lead the league in INTs after missing 6 games? Surefire Hall of Famer Ed Reed? My god. Then you hear everyone calling Tyrod Taylor Troy Smith. Do they follow the team? Sorry couldn't vent my rage there.
I was impressed most with Torrey Smith. I wrote a couple fanposts here about him, I really wanted him, but I'm very happy with how the draft turned out. Torrey was automatic. He caught everything and he was the only receiver who had any chemistry with Flacco. He burned every corner they put on him. He made Boldin look ordinary.
Speaking of Boldin, he had some nice catches but he was hit or miss. Tandon Doss showed promise but dropped a surefire TD on more than one occasion. Chykie Brown showed great flashes all over the field at CB. Most importantly though, Flacco was miserable. He overthrew balls left and right. Every attempted back shoulder fade in the redzone drills ended up sailing out of the endzone. He threw a pick to Cary Williams, who was miserable last year.
Also, I'm not sure who was starting at Center with the 1s. May have been Birk, I don't know. But he was getting eaten up. In fact the whole offensive line was getting eaten up. Sacks for everyone. The only linemen who really impressed me was Jah Reid. This made me salivate.
Anyways, they are probably like any team two weeks into camp. Really rusty. But it was great to get to see that rust. Oh and did I mention Torrey Smith is scary?