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Ravens Gear Up For Joint Practices With Colts

August 17, 2018 - 10:16 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens begin the first of two joint practices with the Indianapolis Colts today. John Harbaugh and company made their way to Indianapolis yesterday for their second joint practice session of the season, after welcoming in the Los Angeles Rams last week.

The two sides will practice Friday and Saturday before playing a preseason game on Monday night.

John Harbaugh spoke to reporters yesterday and noted that the practices with the Colts will be almost identical to what they were with the Rams.

“We have a couple different drills in there, a few different situations, but generally speaking, I think it will be very similar," he said. "I think most teams have kind of the same setup in these practices. You try to get as much done against each other as you can. You try to minimize what you’re doing against your own team, because this is an opportunity to work against each other.”  

So far, so good for the Ravens in joint practices this offseason. While the physicality ramped up, there were no notable physical altercations in last week’s practices with the Rams. That’s a positive sign – especially considering the beef between wide receiver Michael Crabtree and cornerback Aqib Talib. 

First-year head coach Frank Reich takes over the Colts this season. Much like the Ravens, they’ll look to rebound and get back to playoffs after missing out for three straight seasons. The Ravens defense will have a formidable matchup against a recovering Andrew Luck, who returns under center after missing the entire 2017 season with a torn labrum. 

Harbaugh expressed confidence in getting the most out of both practice days. 

“We expect it to be very professional,” he said. “We expect it to be all about football. We expect to go in there and take the opportunity to improve as a football team.”

The Ravens will look to continue what’s been a positive offseason with strong performances on both sides of the ball.