There were a few new guests at Ravens training camp on Monday and they weren't any of the fans in the stands.
The Los Angeles Rams are in town for a couple joint practices before the two teams play their preseason game on Thursday.
“I felt like the two teams cooperated very well,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “Quite a bit of physicality. Just a good strong football practice.”
“It’s always good to go against some different guys,” added Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. “You get used to going against your defense, seeing what they do every day. It’s good to see something else.”
All eyes were on Ravens receiver Michael Crabtree and Rams cornerback Aqib Talib. They have history, getting into some on-field scuffles in the past. But there were no fireworks on Monday.
“No. Not that I noticed,” said Flacco. “I don’t want to make anything of it. Nothing really.”
A big addition at practice Monday was guard Marshal Yanda. He made his camp debut and did individual work. He’s coming off shoulder surgery.
Much of the talk at training camp on Monday continued to revolve around the enshrinement ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame of Ray Lewis. Flacco was a teammate of Lewis and was one of a handful of current Ravens in Canton, Ohio to watch it all go down on Saturday.
“It was awesome. Ray is the best linebacker, and arguably one of the best players, to ever play this game. So, to be able to be there for one last speech of his, I got to be around it for five years. I thought his speech was awesome. I thought everybody got to see who he was, who he is,” said Flacco.
Flacco said he does expect to play vs. the Rams on Thursday.