The NFL might still be mired in a lockout, but at least for one night this weekend, it felt a little like Ravens season was underway.
Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun got married on Saturday, and a handful of Ravens reporters were there to help Jamison and his bride celebrate.
Instead of watching big hits and touchdown passes, as we would be doing around this time of year if minicamps were currently going on, we all got to watch a few media members tear it up on the dance floor. Names will be withheld for the protection of those involved.
I kept the dancing to a minimum, saving myself the embarrassment and the rest of Jamison’s guests the horror of watching me try and get down.
Members of the Ravens media crew will reconvene again next week, when about 20-25 Ravens players will get together at Towson University for players-only workouts, training and conditioning Tuesday through Thursday.
Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco, and plenty of others veterans are expected to attend, as are a number of the Ravens’ new draft picks. The workouts will be closed to the public, but I’ll be in attendance and will have plenty of notes on all the goings-on.
On the topic of Ravens’ draft picks, the team has announced the jersey numbers for its eight newest members.
Here are the assigned numbers:
CB Jimmy Smith: 22
WR Torrey Smith: 82
OT Jah Reid: 76
WR Tandon Doss: 89
CB Chykie Brown: 40
DE Pernell McPhee: 90
QB Tyrod Taylor: 6
RB Anthony Allen: 35
Jimmy Smith had hoped to get his college number, 21, but fellow cornerback Lardarius Webb wanted to keep that one for himself. Instead, the incoming rookie bumped up to 22.
Torrey Smith caught a break when practice squad wide receiver Justin Harper opted to switch his number to 87, allowing the Maryland wideout to keep his collegiate number, 82.
If knowing the numbers of the guys on the practice squad is your thing, here are a couple other changes: linebacker Albert McClellan will now wear No. 50, while offensive tackle Brady Bond will don No. 67 this year.