Eight practices into Ravens training camp and there’s still no sign of starting quarterback Joe Flacco. His back injury is keeping him off the field and holding his offense behind.
“By Joe’s account he’s getting better and feeling better and all those things. So, when he’s back it’ll be a good thing to get him back,” said Ravens Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. “From here until that time we’re rocking and rolling with the fellas that we have here.”
Namely Ryan Mallett, the backup QB filling in for Flacco, who has had a rollercoaster first week of camp.
“He’s been up and down a little bit,” said Mornhinweg. “He sure is a talented guy. He’s proven that he can play at a high level. Now his challenge is play at that high level really consistently."
One guy trying to consistently stay on the field is receiver Michael Campanaro. The River Hill High School grad has battled various injuries since coming into the league in 2014. He missed the beginning of this year’s camp with a bad toe. He’s listed as the top punt returner on the team’s official depth chart and said he’s not feeling any pressure entering NFL season number four.
“Injuries for me, injuries are a part of the game,” said Campanaro. “I’ve been injured more than others but I’m healthy now. Any time I’ve been out here I’ve been making plays. So, I’m confident in my ability.”
Training camp continues for the Ravens on Saturday night with a practice at the Naval Academy's Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
All-time Navy quarterback turned Ravens wide receiver Kennan Reynolds can’t wait to suit up back inside his college home for the first time since graduating last year.
“First time back on the field (at the) old stomping grounds. A lot of great things happened there. A lot of great memories. It’s going to be pretty cool to go back,” said Reynolds.
Saturday night's practice is open to fans and begins at 6:00 p.m.