Evening Practice NotesDerrick Mason news hits the fans, who are buzzing with excitement.
The field was buzzing with the recent news that Derrick Mason is returning to play in 2009.
Mason passed the running test, which took place on the field at Bair Stadium, and then jumped on the back of a gator and rode up the hill behind the stands. He didn't get to interact with fans today, but I expect a huge welcome in Sunday's practice. I did spot Mason in the locker room afterwards, and he was all smiles.
Weather was really nice in Westminster. Not too hot. Kind of a cool breeze blowing across McDaniel College. Perfect for football.
As far as practice goes, it's business as usual. Players are going through the typical routine with full-team action and seven-on-seven.
Here are some thoughts from the field:
Morning Practice NotesRay Rice cuts through the line on Saturday morning.
It's a beautiful day in Westminster, Md., as Ravens training camp is fully underway at McDaniel College. Not much really to report from the field, as the stands are packed – not as much as Friday's record-setting morning – and the footballs are flying.
One of the guys that has been standing out is running back Ray Rice, who is having a great day between the tackles. The diminutive Rice has been darting into the line of scrimmage and coming out on the other end to pick up yardage.
Rice figures to be a big part of the Ravens' offense this year. Baltimore will surely use Willis McGahee and Le'Ron McClain, but Rice was the featured guy in offseason minicamps.
Here are some more notes and observations from the morning practice:
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