The Ravens are planning to participate in joint practices during the preseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh.
The practices with the Jaguars will be held at the Ravens’ practice facility, while the practices with the Eagles will be held in Philadelphia.
“I just think it gives you a chance to see some different schemes as much as anything, and some different players,” Harbaugh said at the NFL’s Annual League Meetings in Phoenix. “You have an opportunity for your guys to go against guys that they haven’t gone [against] in training camp.”
The NFL’s preseason schedule has not been officially announced, and Harbaugh said details of the joint practices have not been finalized. But if things go as Harbaugh hopes they will, the Ravens will use the joint practices to prepare for preseason games against Jacksonville and Philadelphia, and more importantly to prepare for the regular season.
The Ravens participated in joint preseason practices with the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts last year and Harbaugh was pleased with the results.
“The league has to put the schedule together, but you make requests and we’d like to practice with the Jaguars before the first preseason game and then against the Eagles in the third preseason game,” Harbaugh said.
“The thing I think we’re starting to learn over the years is how to practice against other teams – what the style is, what the tempos are, how to organize the practices to get the most out of them. Last year went really well with both with the Rams and Colts. [Rams Head Coach] Sean [McVay] was great, [Colts Head Coach] Frank [Reich] was great. I think if the two coaches are aligned with what you’re trying to get out of it, it seems like it’s been really good for us. Hopefully, we can make it work again.”