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Baltimore Ravens welcome Los Angeles Rams for joint practices

August 06, 2018 - 10:04 am

By Joe Schiller

There will be a different feel in Owings Mills this week. The Baltimore Ravens won’t be the only NFL team in attendance.

Today, the Ravens welcome Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams for the first of three joint practices this week. The two teams will practice today, tomorrow and Wednesday before facing off at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night.

“We’re very excited to have the Rams coming in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and then play the game on Thursday,” said head coach John Harbaugh following practice on Sunday morning. “We appreciate Sean [McVay] and the Rams organization for coming in to practice. Couldn’t have a better foe – very talented football team, very well-coached team, great organization. We’re really happy about that.”

After a breakout 11-5 season under McVay last season, the Rams are considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders this season. They underwent a major offseason overhaul, adding top players in Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Brandin Cooks, and Ndamukong Suh. Not to mention the talented players already present on the roster with the likes of Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and Aaron Donald among others.

Joint practices tend to have their skirmishes and all eyes will fall on one particular matchup: Michael Crabtree vs. Aqib Talib.

Both players join new teams this season and are not fond of each other. The two have had a handful of physical run-ins the past few years that included Talib snatching Crabtree’s chain in-game to a fist fight in Oakland last season.

Having new faces at practice will bring an exciting dynamic this week. The Ravens still have a number of important position battles to be determined this offseason and they will only ramp up with the presence of opposing competition.

With four preseason games still to go, the 53-man roster is far from being decided at this point.