The Ravens will commence training camp July 25th, with 14 open practices to fans. July 27th will be an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Owings Mills prior to the first preseason exhibition before traveling to Philadelphia to join the Eagles for joint practices prior to the third preseason game.
This marks the first time in team history that the Ravens won’t take to the skies for a preseason game. Staying grounded, only traveling by bus, will allow the team much less headache. The Ravens have another first (scheduling wise), as they will alternate home and away games weekly throughout the 2019-2020 season. The team’s President, Dick Cass, addressed season ticket holders during last week’s mini camp and had a few interesting thoughts on the Ravens unique schedule this season:
Cass stated that because the team rosters 90+ players throughout training camp, it makes flying quite laborious to manage on both the players and staff. He referred to staying in the Mid-Atlantic for the entirety of training camp as “a dream come true” and “our ideal scenario”.
He also said that players and staff are extremely excited that the team has such a balanced travel schedule throughout the regular season. Not having any extended road time allows players to sleep in their own beds weekly, without forcing any west-coast stays or practices at outside facilities.
The Ravens will spend the most time in recent history, maybe team history, at home. This could potentially help their play on the road, as the Ravens have teetered around .500 or below when away from Baltimore recently. This will mark only the fourth time in NFL history that a team plays an entire regular season without consecutive home or away games.
Training camp and the preseason has countless storylines to watch, which will be fascinating to media and fans alike as the regular season draws closer. Which receivers will make a name for themselves? How will Trace McSorley be used? When is Marquise Brown going to be in full form? How many running backs will the Ravens roster, and which ones?
As these developments play out, fans will have a chance to see the team live in action during any of the 15 open practices. This is going to be a fun summer.