The Baltimore Ravens kick off their 15th training camp at McDaniel College with two practices (8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 27, and break camp on Friday, Aug. 20. Ravens rookies, quarterbacks and select players will report to the Best Western Hotel (451 WMC Drive) on Monday, July 26, and then take part in four practices over two days – all open to fans and media – before all veterans arrive Wednesday, July 28.
On Thursday, July 29, the Ravens will hold an administrative day that is closed to the media and public. The first full-squad practices open to the public and media are scheduled for Friday, July 30, at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
The Ravens have scheduled 41 practices over their 26-day camp. Sessions are open to the media and public except on July 29 (administrative day), Aug. 11 (pre-game walk-through) and Aug. 20 (pre-game walk-through/camp breaks). Plus, on Monday, Aug. 2, the Ravens will hold their annual Suite Holders and Sponsors Day during the morning session. This practice is closed to the general public, but remains open to media members. (Note: There will not be any practices on Friday, Aug. 13, following the team's first preseason game against Carolina.)
Baltimore opens the preseason by hosting the Panthers on Aug. 12 for a nationally-televised (ESPN) broadcast at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens then play at Washington on Aug. 21 and return home to face the New York Giants on Aug. 28. Baltimore rounds out the preseason at St. Louis on Sept. 2.
The Ravens' final three preseason games will be televised by WBAL-TV and simulcast on MASN. Additionally, every Ravens game can be heard on WBAL (1090 AM) and 98Rock (97.9 FM). The ESPN broadcast against Carolina will also air locally on WJZ-TV.
"We're excited to get back to McDaniel [College] and do the things we need to do to be ready for the start of the season," head coach John Harbaugh said. "It's a great atmosphere there with the fans up close. That adds a dimension to what we plan to achieve at camp. Training camp is the next step for our team after what we consider a very good offseason where our players worked hard. It's all about getting better and being the best team we can be."
The Ravens open the 2010 regular season at the New York Jets' new Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night, Sept. 13, with the game nationally televised by ESPN. The Ravens' difficult slate has the team opening with back-to-back road games against 2009 playoff teams. The Jets earned a spot in last year's AFC Championship game, while Baltimore's second opponent, the Bengals (Sept. 19), won the AFC North after sweeping the division with a 6-0 mark.
Along with the Carolina preseason game and opener at the Jets, the Ravens will play three other primetime games. Baltimore will be at Atlanta on Thursday night, Nov. 11, in a game televised by the NFL Network. The Ravens will host the Steelers on Sunday night, Dec. 5 (NBC), and then play the following Monday (Dec. 13) at the Houston Texans (ESPN).
After finishing with a 9-7 record in 2009, the Ravens produced their sixth playoff team of the decade (2000-09), third best (tied with Pittsburgh) in the AFC behind Indianapolis (nine) and New England (seven). Baltimore opened the '09 campaign with three straight victories and won three of the last four entering the playoffs. Behind an offense that ranked ninth in NFL scoring (24.4 ppg) and a defense that finished third in total yards and points allowed (300.5 ypg/16.3 ppg), the Ravens upended the Patriots (33-14) in the Wild Card round, becoming the first road team to win a playoff game at New England since 1978. Baltimore then fell at Indy in the Divisional game (20-3). Harbaugh*andQB Joe Flacco*, who set the NFL record for most wins ever (13, including playoffs) by a rookie head coach starting a rookie QB in 2008, now own the league mark for earning the playoffs in their first two seasons by such a pair.
The Ravens, who have made the playoffs three of the last four seasons, have never earned the postseason three consecutive years.
Baltimore returns five Pro Bowlers from last season: LB Ray Lewis(11 Pro Bowls), S Ed Reed(six),FB Le'Ron McClain(two), DT Haloti Ngata(one)*and RB Ray Rice (one).G Ben Grubbs*, who earned a first-alternate Pro Bowl distinction, also returns, as does Flacco, who in 2009 became just the fourth starting quarterback since the 1970 merger to reach the playoffs in his first two seasons.
Complementing this core of standouts are C Matt Birk, NT Kelly Gregg, TE Todd Heap, OLB Jarret Johnson, S Dawan Landry,WR Derrick Mason, T Michael Oher and LB Terrell Suggs. The Ravens also added Pro Bowl WR Anquan Boldinvia trade this offseason and bolstered the defense's depth with the second-round selections of OLB Sergio Kindle and DT Terrence Cody in the NFL Draft.
Important Training Camp Phone Numbers:
(410) 261-RAVE (7283) (updated practice information line for fans)
(410) 751-7900 (switchboard at training camp)