The Baltimore Ravens' nine-week offseason program officially begins Monday. What does this mean?
For the first two weeks of the offseason program (weeks beginning April 21 and 28 for the Ravens), only strength and conditioning coaches are allowed to work with players on the field. Quarterbacks can throw to their wide receivers, but defensive backs aren’t allowed to cover them.
These restrictions continue for the next three weeks (weeks beginning May 5, 12 and 19 for the Ravens) when coaches are allowed to conduct limited football workouts. Any type of offense against defense drills are banned.
The final four weeks (weeks beginning May 26 and June 2, 9 and 16 for the Ravens) are when teams can hold one minicamp and 10 organized team practice activity sessions. One-on-one drills between offensive and defensive players are not permitted, although special teams can be practiced provided there is no contact. Helmets are allowed but shoulder pads remain outlawed.
All of the workouts are voluntary, except for the final one that runs June 17 to June 19. The Ravens then will have about four weeks off before reporting to training camp in late July.
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Here's a video of John Harbaugh's reaction when his statue was unveiled in Miami University's Cradle of Coaches on Saturday. The sculpture captures Harbaugh with right arm raised in triumph on the Ravens sideline. "I like the pose," he said. "That looks like a winning pose right there. That's one we usually take when we win. I feel good about the pose. I'd like to see that pose a few more times this year."
Sources told The Baltimore Sun that the plan is for inside linebacker Rolando McClain to report for the team's offseason program as soon as Monday. McClain was activated off the reserve-retired list Thursday, just two days after his rough first workout with the team. McClain had better soon realize that if he doesn't prove himself with the Ravens, he may not get another chance elsewhere in the league.
Many draft analysts have the Ravens taking a safety in the first round. Who's the best one in the draft? Most say Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah prefers Louisville's Calvin Pryor. “I have them rated very close to one another on my ranking,” Jeremiah said, via Comcast SportsNet. “I have Calvin Pryor as my 15th overall player and Clinton-Dix as my 16th. Clinton-Dix may be a little more range over the top, but I just love Pryor. I love the physical way he plays the game, and I thought he was plenty capable of making plays at the high safety as well.”