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Ravens Begin the First Installment of OTAs

May 21, 2018 - 10:54 am

By Joe Schiller

It’s been an offseason filled with plenty of question marks and excitement surrounding the Baltimore Ravens. Following free agency, the draft and rookie minicamp, the Ravens begin the next installment of their offseason today: organized team activities, better known as OTAs.

The voluntary offseason workouts consist of 10 days that will take place from May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31, June 1, June 4-5 and June 7-8. It’s a spaced out time period over the course of three weeks that will lead to mandatory minicamp on June 12nd.

This marks the first time the rookie class takes the field with the rest of the team. Attendance isn’t required for players, meaning veterans like Terrell Suggs and others who are still in the midst of their offseason recoveries will likely be absent.

No contact is allowed during OTAs, but it provides a chance for the coaching staff to begin implementing their schemes and working with the starting 11 on both sides of the football. Plenty of new faces are in Baltimore this season, including a crowded wide receiver core. Needless to say, this is a crucial part of the offseason, with a limited amount of time throughout the weeks.

All eyes will be on the quarterbacks as Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson will take the field together for the first time. With plenty of outside noise criticizing Flacco’s welcomeness, hopefully, this will mark the end to an oversaturated saga.

There will be a lot to take in over the next few weeks but just remember, everyone looks good in shorts. It doesn’t make a difference until the pads are put on.