For the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens, they’ll hold their full-team training camp practices beginning on July 25 through Aug. 13. During this time, they’ll again offer free public practices with fan events such as player autograph signings, activities especially designed for kids and meet and greets with the Ravens cheerleader/mascot.
These three events will take place at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the M&T Bank Stadium and Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University.
There’s one additional event before the regular season kicks off. Fans can enter a lottery and reserve tickets for the annual NFL Films documentary series premiere of “America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions.”
For the 2012 Ravens feature, this will debut on Aug. 27 at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center.
Training Camp Schedule
All practices are free and open to the public, beginning at 5 p.m. The third practice requires pre-registration for free tickets through a lottery in order to attend.
August 4 – The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
August 11 – MT&T Bank Stadium
August 18 – SunMustang Stadium at Stevenson University
August 8 – At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 p.m. EDT
August 15 – Atlanta Falcons 7:30 p.m. EDT
August 22 – Carolina Panthers 8:00 p.m. EDT
August 29 – At St. Louis Rams 8:00 p.m. EDT
Training Camp Storylines
As the reigning Super Bowl champs, the team will look to continue playing at a high level in 2013 amid personnel changes. This will include elevated play by quarterback Joe Flacco, who received a hefty pay raise in the offseason. He is expected to have a stronger leadership role.
This 2013 team isn’t the same as 2012’s and more changes will be evident on defense than offense. The Ravens enter the season as underdogs–a role they enjoy.
In the offseason, the team picked up backup quarterback Caleb Hanie, who currently sits in the third spot behind Tyrod Taylor. Look for Hanie to compete for Taylor’s role. He could pose a challenge as he has more league experience but if this doesn’t happen, he’ll have to show the team three’s a crowd is worth it.
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is gone and the second receiver spot still needs to be filled. Tight end Dennis Pitta will likely step up and catch passes but there’s wide receiver depth including Tandon Doss, Jacoby Jones, David Reed and Deonte Thompson.
Reed has struggled with fumbles and injuries but the team did give him $2 million to remain with them.
Doss has a similar style to Boldin but he needs to make himself shine in this crowded stable.
The team also has the rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who could step up as a blocker and catcher.
Center Matt Birks is gone and it’s time for sophomore Gino Gradkowski to step up. He is seen as the favorite to take the lead role but he could be challenged by the veteran, former Indianapolis Colts A.Q Shipley.
Over at right tackle, it’s worth keeping an eye on Jah Reid as playing sooner than later.
Ravens veterans and defensive leaders linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Ed Reed are gone. Look for linebacker Terrell Suggs to now step into a leadership role and improve his play after 2012’s Achilles tendon tear didn’t enable him to play at his full potential.
As other players seek improved play after injuries, many of them will be challenged by rookie players hungry for playing time.
Veteran defensive tackle/nose tackle Haloti Ngata is also looking to improve his production two seasons of naggy injuries. He’ll look to play more inside.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb will return from yet from another knee surgery and how he well he plays is yet to be seen.
Nose tackle Terrance Cody is coming back from offseason hip surgery. His production was down last season and he’s playing in a contract year. Look for rookie Brandon Williams to challenge him for a starting spot.
Linebacker Jameel McClain will return after a neck ailment and he’ll look to compete for a starting inside linebacker role with rookie Arthur Brown challenging him as well as veteran and former Jacksonville Jaguar Daryl Smith who signed with the Ravens in the offseason.