The Baltimore Ravens held their first full-team OTA of the new season in front of the assembled media, which included Baltimore Beatdown on Wednesday afternoon. The team went through a variety of drills and 11-on-11 drills for most of the two hour practice before ending their day with podium interviews for a few of the key players.
From what I observed, WR Torrey Smith looked like a solid veteran, smooth, fast and sure handed. Same thing for TE Dennis Pitta, who caught virtually everything thrown his way over the middle.
Center Bino Gradkowski took the majority of first-team snaps at center. As was the case last year, WR Tandon Doss showed solid hands catching everything despite not having the same success last season. There were a lot of dropped passes and a few that were tipped and picked off by the defense.
CB Lardarius Webb's mobility was reportedly encouraging after tearing his ACL last season for the second time.
Head coach John Harbaugh took to the podium first and said practice was "very, very fast and very efficient." When asked about Jacoby Jones' effort in his 3rd place finish on 'Dancing With The Stars,' Harbaugh said, "He represented all of us very well."
One of the more humorous retorts came when Harbaugh was asked by ESPN NFL analyst Sal Paolantonio on the team having to adjust to life without Ray Lewis. He replied, "Ray was never here during the offseason anyway, so I'd say it's business as usual."
OLB Elvis Dumervil was next at the microphone and was asked how it felt to be coming to the team that knocked his former team (Denver Broncos) from the playoffs. Doom said, "We often watch film and show the Denver highlights, so it's kind of like, "Uhhh."
Finally, QB Joe Flacco stepped up and took questions. Topics ranged from the group of young receivers, Jacoby Jones, what's different about this version compared to last year. On the question of what the locker room is now like, he deadpanned, "The only thing that is different is I probably don't know 80 percent of the guys' names on our team at this point."
Check out the full transcript from all the post-practice interviews on BaltimoreRavens.com.