Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple days, folks; I’ve been getting in some beach time while I still can.
Come two weeks, it will be all football, all the time, and my days of laying out under the sun at Dewey Beach will be replaced with baking under the sun in Westminster, Maryland.
By the time training camp in Westminster kicks off, Donte’ Stallworth will have spent over five months as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, far more than most free agents who sign with new teams.
Stallworth signed with the Ravens back in mid-February after being released by the Browns, and since then, he’s spent hours upon hours working out at the Ravens’ Owings Mills complex and catching passes from quarterback Joe Flacco.
The goal for Stallworth is not only to get into shape physically after missing last year due to a league-imposed suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but also to get into mental shape and work on his chemistry with Flacco and his offensive teammates.
Stallworth has been a part of some potent offensive units with the Saints, Eagles and Patriots, and says that the dynamic between a quarterback and his wide receivers is important for a number of reasons.
“I’ve been in an offense where a quarterback will just look at you and you already know what to do,” the 29-year-old wideout said last month. “That’s the beauty of being able to have the non-verbal communication or even signals with the quarterback, both of you know what each other are thinking, and that helps a lot.
“It’s very beneficial when you play teams on the road and certain things like that. It speeds up the communication process so you don’t have to signal out plays or anything like that. You can just give each other a look and you know what to do.”
And how’s that process coming along with Flacco?
“We’re building,” Stallworth says. “The good thing is with this time that we have off [before training camp], a lot of the guys are going to get together. We’re not exactly sure when or where yet, but we’re definitely going to spend some time together, maybe about a week or so running plays with each other. That will help that process as well.
“We need to make sure everyone’s on the same page, knows what each other are thinking and doing, and hopefully we can put that out there and win a lot of games this year.”