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Ravens OTAs start today

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The Ravens get to work officially as the first Organized Team Activities start today and run through Friday.

Larry French

Organized Team Activities or OTAs as they are frequently called are team run training days. Most teams use OTAs to develop players, install new schemes and really get a chance to get their hands on players for the first time since the previous season ended.

Given the influx of new players like Steve Smith, Jeremy Zuttah, Owen Daniels as well as the return of some previously injured players in Marshall Yanda and Kolechi Osemele, the Ravens will be excited to see some of these players hit the field and test themselves for the first time outside of film or memory. It will also be perfect to have Gary Kubiak get some personal time with the offensive players and help guide them more on the specifics of his zone blocking, quick-strike scheme. While this isn't what is traditionally known as "training camp" and it isn't mandatory for players to show up, look for most of the team to be in attendance as they look to rebound from a disappointing 8-8 season.

With the Cowboy's Sean Lee tearing his ACL yesterday during their OTAs, it will be important to keep players well stretched out and relaxed so that the Ravens don't have a repeat of the injury bug that hit the team last year.

Look for Baltimore Beatdown to put up any and all news in relation to the OTAs and how players are doing. Keep coming back for the latest!