A month ago, we learned from the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec that the Los Angeles Rams and the Baltimore Ravens would hold joint practices ahead of the preseason opener on August 9 setting up a uniquely interesting practice situation for CB Aqib Talib and WR Michael Crabtree who have...a history.
Yesterday, the Rams confirmed those practices will take place on August 6 and 7, the Monday and Tuesday before the preseason opener on Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland, northwest of Baltimore.
Outside of the obvious Talib-Crabtree beef, there’s plenty of intrigue. The Ravens put together a very enticing draft class with Louisville Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson headlining along with two tight ends in South Carolina Gamecocks TE Hayden Hurst and Oklahoma Sooners TE TE Mark Andrews along with Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown and massive New Mexico State Aggies WR Jaleel Scott. That offensive help is sorely needed for an offense that finished near the bottom of the NFL in yards gained in 2017. Still, they’ve got offensive line talent and elite QB Joe Flacco, so it makes for a solid practice-preseason game combo. Defensively, it’s the Ravens.
While they’re coming off of a winning season, they missed out on the playoffs for three years running. Ravens fans are certainly going to want to see some growth in Head Coach Jim Harbaugh’s 11th season after extending him through the 2019 season.
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