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8/11 M&T Bank Stadium Practice Highlights


The Ravens took training camp on the road Sunday, heading to M&T Bank Stadium for the second off-site practice of camp.

About 25,000 fans came out to watch the free open practice Sunday afternoon, which was also Military Appreciation Day.

Head Coach John Harbaugh opened the practice by thanking the men and women in the military for their service.

Here were some of the other highlights from the practice field:

  • The Ravens had a handful of players missing from Sunday's practice, including wide receivers Deonte Thompson and Marlon Brown, running back Bernard Pierce, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, defensive lineman Marcus Spears and tight end Ed Dickson.

-  Recently signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley was on the field for Sunday's practice, but not suited up and participating. He spent a good amount of time talking with some of his new teammates and Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler.

  • Another recently-added veteran, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, may have come up with the highlight of the day to finish practice. Quarterback Joe Flacco flung a jump ball to the middle of the end zone, and Shiancoe pulled in the catch over three defenders. Great way to end the day.
  • Receiver Tandon Doss drew big applause from the crowd with a one-handed catch during the installation portion of practice. He makes some of those one-handed grabs look easy.
  • Cornerback Moe Lee, who had an interception in the preseason opener, came up with a pick during one-on-one drills when he was defending wideout Torrey Smith. Lee tipped up the pass and then hauled in the ball for an interception.
  • Receiver David Reed had a great touchdown snag on a perfectly thrown ball from Flacco during one-on-one drills. Reed beat cornerback Corey Graham on a seam route and then pulled in a contested catch as he fell to the turf. A few plays later, Reed made another contested catch in the end zone during the full-team portion of practice. After missing Thursday's game with a tweaked groin, Reed did not appear hindered at all by the injury.
  • Cornerback Asa Jackson appeared to have a tough day in coverage during full-team drills. He got beat by receivers LaQuan Williams and Reed for long gains on back-to-back plays, and also was beat badly by Tommy Streeter in one-on-one drills.
  • Williams made a few nice plays of his own on the afternoon. After a standout performance in the preseason opener, Williams made great touchdown catch in 11-on-11 drills where he jumped over cornerback Chykie Brown, but held onto the ball as he fell to the turf.
  • Running back Bobby Rainey did his best Ray Rice impression when he caught a pass in the middle of the field, and then made everyone miss on his way to the end zone. Rainey spun away from outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, then outran every other defender for the touchdown.
  • Linebacker Daryl Smith has good ability as a pass rusher. He's known for his knack for tackling and his understanding of the game, and he showed off some pass-rushing prowess when he got into the backfield on consecutive plays. The defenders don't actually tackle quarterbacks in practice, but Flacco likely would have been brought down for a sack on both plays.
  • Kicker Justin Tucker put on a show for the fans and drilled field goals from 29, 35, 39, 48, 52 and 58 yards. He just missed from 65 and 68 yards. Perhaps the most impressive feat was that Tucker had plenty of leg on the 68 yarder, but was slightly off the mark.
  • After scoring a touchdown Thursday, rookie receiver Aaron Mellette had one of the toughest catches of the afternoon down the sideline against Brown. Mellette held onto the ball as he took a hit from Brown, and was still able to get two feet in bounds. Mellette then added another long reception in the middle of the field later in the day, which brought big cheers from the crowd.
  • Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has so much speed around the edge on the line of scrimmage. He's made a habit of getting into the backfield during training camp, and he blew by left tackle Bryant McKinnie on a few occasions Sunday night. Watch out for a big season from Suggs.
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