Ravens Move Outside *The rain let up and the team is back in pads.
Updated 4:28 p.m. *
When the weather finally let up, the Ravens headed out to the turf field at Bair Stadium. In the transition from in-doors to out, the players went to the locker room to put on their pads.
Considering the amount of rain that did fall, there is still a good showing of fans.
With that being said, here are some notes and observations from the afternoon:
Carr Finally Plugged InCarr sees time as the Ravens' first nickel coming off the bench.
Ravens cornerback Chris Carr was the first nickelback to come off the bench for the Ravens today with Samari Rolle still lingering on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Carr notched one interception of quarterback Troy Smith – when the receiver seemed to slip midway through his route – in one-on-one drills and was solid throughout practice.
This week has been the most extensive work Carr has had since signing as a free agent in March.
Carr was basically sidelined with a red non-contact jersey for all offseason minicamps after having shoulder surgery. He's happy to be back on the field.
"Feels good to be out here and get our legs back a little bit," Carr said. "It's been a long time, but the season always comes fast. I feel pretty good. This is the best I've felt in years, actually, so I've been pretty anxious to get back out on the field."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound former Tennessee Titan and Oakland Raider will be challenged by Rolle for the top nickel spot. Carr will also be in the running for the Ravens' return specialist job. Last year, he set a career high with a 34.7-yard average on kickoff returns for the Titans.
Meanwhile, Rolle could only watch in street clothes on Friday. He also had an electrode stimulator attached to his neck.
Landry Keeps HittingDawan Landry needed to deliver one hit to know that he was fully back. He did.
Burly fullback Le'Ron McClain hit the hole on the Ravens' first full-contact play of the 2009 season and was promptly met by safety Dawan Landry.
It was a moment nearly a year in the making.
Landry knew he would have to wait until training camp to be fully confident that he had recovered from the spinal cord concussion he suffered in September of 2008. In that game, against the Cleveland Browns, Landry was carted off the field when running back Jamal Lewis' knee hit him on the crown of the helmet.
The former fifth-round draft pick could only smile when asked about the shot he delivered in Friday's practice.
"I feel great," he said. "Everything's fine. I just went and hit Le'Ron. I think they probably knew I was going to go."
And go he did.
Landry said that the Ravens' coaches weren't calling for him to blitz on purpose, but it was fitting that he got an early chance to rush from the secondary. With Jim Leonhard, who excelled when he filled in for the injured Landry, joining the New York Jets, the Ravens need Landry to step back in to his starting role
"I never second-guessed it," Landry explained. "Whenever the live period was going to come, I knew I was going to hit somebody."
Landry impressed coaches this offseason by being one of the most dedicated workers on the team. The player nicknamed "Whop" for the sound of his pads crunching against a poor ball carrier cuts a trim 208-pound figure despite the massive biceps that poke out from underneath his shoulder pads.
"This guy works harder than anybody I've ever seen," head coach John Harbaugh said of Landry. "He's just the hardest worker you'll find in this league. Every bit of success he has, everybody should be happy for him. He's ready to go."
Mentally, Landry always had confidence in his ability to come back from such a scary injury. After all, he participated in the majority of Baltimore's offseason minicamps.
But physically, Friday's session was a milestone.
"He took a whop in practice a few months ago and bounced right back up and laughed about it," said secondary coach Mark Carrier. "That showed that he was mentally ready. You want to see what happened on the next play, and he showed no ill effects."
No Running on the RavensWhen the team went 11-on-11, there was no breaking the Ravens' front wall.
How exciting is it to see the team go full contact?
The Ravens went to full-team mode and ran a healthy dose of plays for Le'Ron McClain up the middle to challenge the interior tackles. McClain didn't have any run over 3 yards.
It's going to be very tough to run against a defensive line that features Kelly Gregg, Haloti Ngata, Justin* *Bannan, Trevor Pryce, Dwan Edwards, Brandon McKinney, Lamar Divens, etc. I could go on. In fact, depending on the numbers game, a few really good defensive tackles will probably hit the open market when training camp is over.
That being said, Gregg is going at top-speed, and he has looked great. The former wrestler is mixing it up with the best of them. He even made one tackle of running back Ray Rice lunging from his knees.
Here are some notes and observations from the practice field:
Fan Frenzy At Ravens CampIt was a packed house at McDaniel College for Ravens training camp.
It's absolutely nuts here at Ravens training camp, where fans are stacked deep around the entire perimeter of the fields and the fields themselves are pretty packed with the entire team, including all the veterans who weren't here earlier in the week.
Here's what I'm seeing:
We'll have more updates throughout the day from practice and from the team hotel in Westminster.
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