Here’s a note for you uniform buffs out there (if there are indeed uniform buffs out there): The Ravens have a new patch on their practice jerseys this year.
It’s a Maryland National Guard patch. The Guard is sponsoring the Ravens this year now that the NFL allows teams to sell advertising on their practice jerseys.
The Guard patch is opposite the one that represents Nehemiah, the biblical figure who carries a sword in one hand and a shield in the other. The Ravens used the story of Nehemiah as a motivational technique on their run to the playoffs last year and apparently will continue to use the message this year as well.
Today was Marc Bulger’s first day in a Ravens jersey, but the two-time Pro Bowler had to wait a little while to get his first reps in 7-on-7 drills with his new team.
Bulger, who will serve as the Ravens’ backup quarterback this year, was fourth on the unofficial “depth chart” today. The former Rams starter was the last of the four quarterbacks to get the call under center, as the longer-tenured Ravens QBs, Joe Flacco, Troy Smith and John Beck all preceded him during drills.
That means very little at this point, except that Bulger is still learning the offense and possibly that the coaches are making a conscious effort to be respectful toward Smith and Beck.
One (or both) of those two will not be with the team when the regular season starts because of Bulger’s addition, and the coaches might feel like they owe it to Smith and Beck to give them extra reps, at least early on.
As for Bulger’s first day, he got the thumbs up from head coach John Harbaugh.
“He looked good to me,” Harbaugh said. “I think he did a nice job in the meetings last night in terms of communicating with our guys, and Joe took him through our offense a little bit.
“Some things are different. Our terminology might be a little different. The way we run our motions are a little bit different, and he’s got to kind of adjust that way, so I think he’s in a learning mode right now.”
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is clearly pleased to have Bulger, and says he isn’t worried about the 33-year-old’s ability to mesh with the rest of the quarterbacks.
“We’ve got a good quarterback room, we do,” Cameron said. “And we take a lot of pride in developing the chemistry in that room, and I think he’s going to make it even better. He’s the right guy to come into that group and bring just veteran experience in this system. And I think that’s the important thing, so I think it’s a huge positive.”