As the Ravens ease the veterans into full 11-on-11 drills this summer, the first two days of training camp have been a chance to see what bubble players can do early.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III made the most of his extra reps Friday, particularly in the final portion of practice.
As he often does, Head Coach John Harbaugh put the team in a game situation late in practice. The offense started a drive at their own 25-yard line trailing by three points with 1 minute, 50 seconds left to play.
Griffin then marched the offense down the field before hitting rookie receiver Jaleel Scott with a touchdown for the win. Griffin spread the ball around to multiple targets to move the chains and put the offense in good position.
He completed a fourth-down pass to running back Buck Allen in the flat to keep the drive alive, and then connected with wide receiver DeVier Posey on a deep pass down the sidelines to pick up about 50 yards. Posey made a great diving catch on the play and still managed to stay inbounds.
A few plays later, Griffin found the 6-foot-5 Scott for the touchdown. The scoring drive was an encouraging sign for Griffin, who is looking to earn his spot on the roster this summer.
Here were some of the other notes from practice:
- Rookie tight end Mark Andrews (soft-tissue injury) returned to practice after being sidelined Thursday. Fellow rookie tight end Hayden Hurst, however, missed practice with a soft-tissue issue of his own. Harbaugh described Hurst's issue as "minor.'
- Joe Flacco was one of several veterans who again wrapped up their day after individual drills, but the veteran quarterback didn't head straight to the locker room. He spent about an extra 30 minutes working with new targets Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead to continue developing their timing and chemistry.
- Second-year defensive lineman/fullback Patrick Ricard had a strong day. He pushed his way into the backfield on several occasions while playing defense, and he's continuing to take reps at fullback. Ricard earned his roster spot last year as an undrafted free agent after a strong training camp, and he's picking up where he left off.
- Outside linebacker Matthew Judon came up with an interception off quarterback Lamar Jackson during seven-on-seven drills. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor tipped the pass and Judon tracked it down for the interception.
- Wide receiver Tim White had a nice day. He hauled in a great catch down the sidelines where he pulled down a contested pass with rookie safety DeShon Elliott right in his face. He also burned by the defense at another point in 11-on-11 drills and caught a deep pass from Jackson.
- Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste made a nice interception on a deep pass down the sidelines intended for wide receiver Jordan Lasley. Jean-Baptiste and Lasley both wrestled for the football, and it then popped up in the middle of the field allowing the defender to track it down for the interception.
- A funny moment happened at the start of practice when outside linebacker Terrell Suggs drove Owner Steve Bisciotti's golf cart out to the field. The only problem is that Suggs initially left Bisciotti behind, so he then had to turn back and pick up the boss.