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High Player Attendance At Ravens Voluntary Camp


The Ravens opened the offseason program Monday, and the attendance was strong for the voluntary workouts.

Key players like quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receivers Steve Smith, Sr., Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, tight end Dennis Pitta, running back Ray Rice, left tackle Eugene Monroe, linebacker Daryl Smith, safety Matt Elam and cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith are all among the participants.

"Our numbers are high," Strength and Conditioning Coach Bob Rogucki said Tuesday. "Are expectations low? No, because if they're here, we'll get them to where we need them to be. Anybody who comes into this program right now, our expectations are always going to be high for them."

Rules in the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement prohibit teams from requiring participation in the program, and some players prefer to use the offseason months to work out on their own schedule and close to their families. Getting high participation from veteran stars makes for a strong start to the program.

"When you have your leaders here, that's a good thing," Rogucki said. "Every player that's in our program is important – from Joe Flacco to the guy that's running down on special teams, to the guy that is on the practice squad. Everyone has the same importance within our program, with our coaches. But is it encouraging? Yes, it's great. I'm glad they're here."

Young players in their first contract or on the roster bubble typically attend the voluntary workouts, but attendance among veteran players is usually less consistent league-wide.

Key veterans wanted to show to young players that their presence during this year's offseason workouts is important for the Ravens.

"I have to show those guys that this is how we do it around here," Webb said. "This is the standard of the Baltimore Ravens. I have to be here and try to be an example. I try to lead by example, be in here, be on time, and do what I'm supposed to do. Then the young guys will learn it."

Steve Smith, Owen Daniels and Justin Forsett join their new teammates in the Ravens weight room.

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