The final bit of Organized Team Activities starts today at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. With a decent turnout over the past few weeks, this is the week where coaches will likely expect a majority of players to be at as they look to finish installing the basics of the new offensive scheme and knock the rust off from a long offseason, despite it being voluntary. This final stretch of OTAs will be from June 8th through the 11th with a mandatory camp for veterans on June 16th-18th.
As we've covered before, OTAs permit teams to practice together in 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11 drills, but players cannot wear pads (helmets are fine) and there cannot be contact (minor shoving is fine, but no hitting). As we get media access, we are able to see exactly how the skill players are able to mesh with one another and get the first glimpse on how the starting offense and defense will look.
With new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman coming in for the departed Gary Kubiak, the offensive side of the ball will need all the practice snaps it can get in order to gel before the season starts. The defensive side of the ball will be getting younger players more into the already installed scheme and finding out the strengths and weaknesses of everyone in order to determine the final packages and substitutions that Pees likes to use.
With new players added through the draft and through free agency, all eyes will be on the wide receivers, tight ends, cornerbacks and safeties. With the trade of veteran Haloti Ngata to Detroit, it will be interesting to see if the defensive line can still show their dominance throughout the last stretch of OTAs as they have through the previous two weeks. Guys like Timmy Jernigan, Brent Urban and Brandon Williams are all looking to make a name for themselves early in practice against some of the best on the offensive line.
We'll be bringing your all the coverage from today's media portion of practice as well as the highlights from interviews with coaches and players afterwards.