While yesterday’s players-only workout went smoothly and without any injuries or incidents, the Ravens weren’t so lucky today.
Tight end Dennis Pitta developed a blister.
Early indications are Pitta will battle through the ailment and will be ready for the start of the 2011 season.
Overall, today’s workout (which was closed to both the public and the media) went well and was similar to yesterday’s, according to publicist Deb Poquette, who has organized the three-day event at Towson University.
“The players took part in field drills and spent time working on their upper bodies,” Poquette told me. “Joe Flacco threw passes to the receivers and tight ends today, and they looked good. There wasn’t a single dropped pass today.”
Poquette also said that Ray Rice took a group of younger players off to the side and spent some time mentoring them and coaching them up.
Rice has taken a prominent leadership role over the last two days, which is certainly nice to see. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the running back was the quiet rookie of the group, but he’s certainly gotten more vocal - and I mean that in a positive way - over the last three years
One new player who was not at yesterday’s workout was present today - Baltimore native Joel Gamble, a free agent fullback who has spent time with the Tennessee Titans.
A few Ravens that were at yesterday’s workout were not there today, including defensive tackle Arthur Jones and cornerback Domonique Foxworth.
Tomorrow is the last day of this batch of workouts, but there’s a chance that the players will choose to schedule more local sessions if the lockout continues deep into the summer.
Derrick Mason will take a poll of players tomorrow, and is willing to schedule additional sessions later on if enough players are interested in attending.