Anyone who thought that the Ravens' new training camp autograph policy would affect attendance, think again.
If today is any indication, the interest in watching the Ravens practice is as high as it's ever been, autographs or no autographs.
According to the team, 11,506 people showed up to today's morning practice. That marks the largest crowd ever to watch a non-scrimmage practice, besting the previous high of 11,078, which came on the first day of full squad practice last year.
The crowd really got going on a couple big plays, notably a Joe Flacco touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.
The play came during the red zone portion of 11-on-11 drills. Boldin ran a quick in-route and Flacco fired a bullet that hit the wide receiver squarely in the chest just across the goalline. Boldin celebrated by calmly putting both arms in the air, and the fans went nuts.
I have a feeling we'll see that connection a few more times over the course of the next few years.
The fans also got a kick out of a deep bomb from Troy Smith to Eron Riley, which the former Duke wideout pulled in for a long touchdown grab.
The most entertaining play of the day came courtesy of cornerback Chris Carr, who picked off a Marc Bulger pass and took it back for a touchdown.
Carr's defensive teammates started hooting and hollering, and Carr really got them riled up by punting the ball high in the air in celebration.
All Bulger could do was hang his head and slowly walk back to the offensive huddle.