The weather in Westminster, Md., where the Ravens conduct camp at picturesque McDaniel College, is usually quite hot and sticky. But not Friday, which featured low humidity, warm but not stifling temperatures and a nice little breeze at times for the first full-squad, full-pads practice of Baltimore's camp. Quite a difference from the muggy conditions that prevailed Thursday at Redskins camp in Ashburn, Va. Maybe Super Bowl contenders get that kind of break on weather, and also-rans don't.
1. So much for a stress-free ride on the Super Bowl Express in Baltimore. As I sat and chatted with Ravens general manager
"I'm getting called by every agent who has a cornerback who has played in the league in the last five years,'' Newsome said, a slightly bemused look on his face. "I just had one general manager in the league call and say 'There's always a virus at one position. Always.' ''
Losing Foxworth undoubtedly hurts the Ravens, because if there were a position that already kept Newsome and head coach
I don't think the Ravens will overreact to the loss of Foxworth, but look for them to add a body or two at the position in the next day or so, if only to help manage the workload in camp. Three off-the-top-of-the-head names that were tossed out to me by Harbaugh on Friday were ex-Redskin
But most of those measures will be of the stop-gap variety. The key for the regular season will be how well Webb and Washington continue to recover and how much they can contribute, starting in September. At the moment,
2. Here's how the Ravens look at rookie second-round linebacker
Sources within the Ravens organization don't seem to be buying the notion that the medication Kindle takes for narcolepsy might have played a role in Kindle's fall, as Kindle's former college coach, Texas's
3. I don't think we're going to see
As if the Ravens secondary doesn't have enough challenges about now, Reed's absence leaves third-year veteran
The Ravens are going to be patient with Reed and let him dictate what he's ready for. They're counting on his well-known competitiveness to help him defy the expectations of his recovery time and get him back in the lineup sooner than later.
The people who matter in Baltimore couldn't be more pleased with what they've gotten so far from receiver
Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end, also raved over Boldin's hands. "He's got as good a pair of hands as I've seen in a long time,'' Newsome said. "And that's saying a lot for me. He can really catch the ball, and he's going to be able to get us some additional yards after the catch.''
I thought the Ravens had a great draft this year, and then Kindle falls down some stairs last week, all but ruining his rookie season, and fellow second-rounder
But Cody did get over that particular hurdle Wednesday and has been on the field the past two days practicing. He looked OK to me Friday, although he's still a very large presence out there at a listed 349 pounds. The Ravens don't get surprised by much, and Cody's weight issues were well known, so it's wasn't hard to predict that he might not be ready from day one.
But from what I understand, he was in pretty good shape when the team's organized offseason workouts ended in mid-June, and then proceeded to put on 20 pounds or so before reporting to camp this week. Some of that's come off already, but not all of it. And the battle of the bulge figures to be somewhat of a near-constant for Cody early in his NFL career.
Football is for the tough guys in this world. I got that lesson reinforced while watching Ravens running back
Ouch. That'll ruin your lunch.
1. As a member of the NFLPA's executive committee, Foxworth has been very involved in the union's preparation for next year's looming labor showdown in the NFL. I wondered aloud to Harbaugh if Foxworth's season-ending knee injury would give him time to focus more on his NFLPA duties, or take him off the radar screen in a sense?
"Good, maybe he can handle the negotiations now and get a deal done,'' said Harbaugh, with a laugh. "That would help.''
2. Don't go counting out incumbent
3. Second-year man
4. I liked what I saw of Ravens rookie
5. Can't remember a Ravens team ever having this many offensive weapons. Had to make sure I was in Baltimore's camp for a minute there. When I talked to third-year running back
"I do think we can be special,'' Rice said. "I can feel it. I feel great about our offense, and I feel good about our opportunity. Because of Boldin,