Suggs, as most of you know, partially tore his ACL during a conditioning drill in Arizona, yet despite the association of severity that comes with an injury to an ACL, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year has vowed to return some time this season.
But while Suggs heals from surgery and prepares to begin his rehab, life for the Ravens must move on and over the past week or so there have been a handful of acquisitions on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, the Ravens reached a two-year agreement with free agent wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones. Jones played his first five seasons with the Houston Texans, appearing in 75 games - 21 starts - and grabbing 127 catches for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns. The numbers may not have much pop, but when added to four career return touchdowns and a 23.3-yard return average on kickoffs, Jones’ signing could be a nice boost for the Ravens’ offense.
On the flip side, the Ravens also announced they extended the contract of safety Bernard Pollard. Another former Texan, Pollard’s contract is extended for three more years, thanks in large part to a productive 2011 season, which saw the hard-hitting safety register 75 total tackles and a career-high 13 passes defended.
For you, the fans, the Ravens released their plans for the summer training camp visits and the dates in which fans can watch the team practice. Last season was the first year in which the Ravens did not host training camp at McDaniel College, rather at the team’s training facility, which was closed off to the general public. Here’s what the Ravens have in store for this preseason:
The Ravens’ 2012 training camp, connected by Verizon, will feature individual practices to be held at M&T Bank Stadium, the U.S. Naval Academy and Stevenson University. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Additionally, by entering a lottery on www.baltimoreravens.com, fans in limited numbers will have an opportunity to attend training camp at the team’s Owings Mills facility. The Ravens can safely host 200 people on the fields of their practice complex, and fans who are randomly chosen through the drawing will be invited to view approximately 14 of the team’s training camp sessions.
Further details regarding the lottery, its entry process and the Owings Mills practices will be announced on the team’s Web site in mid-June.
M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to host a training camp practice Saturday, Aug. 4. The Ravens are then slated to practice at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 12. The team will round out its off-site training camp sessions at Stevenson University’s Mustang Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 19.
Venues will feature interactive fan events, including player autograph signings for children, fun-filled activities designed specifically for youth and cheerleader/mascot meet-and-greets. Times and specifics for each practice will be announced this summer.
Update: The Ravens have reportedly reached agreements with two draft picks, offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski and defensive tackle D’Angelo Tyson. Gradkowski, a fourth-round selection from Delaware, got a four-year contract. Terms of the deal for Tyson, a seventh-round pick from Georgia, are not known.