As far as Ravens left guard Ben Grubbs is concerned, the start of every training camp is a rocky process.
This one's just a little rougher than most.
Grubbs had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankle, and he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp. Grubbs returned to practice yesterday, and while he now has two practices under his belt, the five-year veteran said that he's still fighting through some soreness and is trying to get his feet back under himself.
No pun intended.
"Yeah, it's going to be some trying times," Grubbs said. "Anytime you have surgery, you have to take steps as far as getting back into the groove of things. The things that I'm experiencing right now, it's expected. I'm not really worried about it."
Grubbs admitted that his first day back after coming off PUP was a little shaky, but he said he felt like he progressed today.
"Right now, it's just starting from the ground up," he said. "Every year you come back as an offensive lineman you kind of have to work on technique and fundamentals. It's not like defense, you run around and tackle the ball. We have to get back in the groove of things. The first day I was feeling a little rusty, today was better and the next day will be even better than today. That's how I roll."
With Grubbs back, Michael Oher having another year under his belt at left tackle, Marshal Yanda re-signed long-term as the Ravens' right guard, and one of the top fullbacks in the NFL in Vonta Leach on board, the Ravens seem to be gearing up to bring their power running game back.
As an offensive lineman who prides himself on being able to establish the line of scrimmage, Grubbs says he welcomes the return of the physical offensive philosophy.
"That's the mindset of the Ravens - you run the ball and everything else will take care of itself," Grubbs said. "For years, we had been doing that and for whatever reason we kind of fell off last year. This year we're going to get that mindset back and start pounding the ball a little bit more."