The Ravens welcomed six intern coaches to training camp Wednesday, including a couple familiar faces, as part of the NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
Baltimore's class is comprised of former Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas, former Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy, Rutgers recruiting assistant Matt Hewitt, Tulane coach Alex Atkins, Calvert High School coach Don Davis and former University of Pittsburgh coach Tom Sims.
With the exception of Atkins, all of the coaches will work with the team until Aug. 10, the date of the Ravens' first preseason game.
Thomas, a Ravens sixth-round pick in 2000, played seven seasons in Baltimore. He logged 38.5 sacks during that span, including 28 sacks over his final three years as a full-time starter. He went to the Pro Bowl twice as a Raven (2003 as a special teamer and 2006).
There's still a portrait of Thomas hanging on the walls of the Under Armour Performance Center, not far from coaches' offices.
Not surprisingly, Thomas will be working with the Ravens* *outside linebackers. He has a talented young group to help mold, including second-year potential starter Matthew Judon, Za'Darius Smith, second-round rookie Tyus Bowser and fourth-round rookie Tim Williams.
Ivy spent four seasons in Baltimore (2006-2009). He started 14 games over that time, including 13 in 2007. The scrappy 5-foot-9 cornerback will be working with the team's defensive backs, including first-round pick Marlon Humphrey.
Hewitt is the younger brother of Ravens Secondary Coach Chris Hewitt. Matt will work with the linebackers. Davis will work with the Ravens offense and Sims will be with the defensive linemen.
The objective of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is to give talented coaches opportunities to observe, participate, gain experience and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position.
The NFL does not mandate any element of the fellowship, but encourages teams to hire a minimum of four participants.