OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Reaching the end of what the Ravens recognize as their summer training camp, head coach John Harbaugh decided to reward his players with a trip to the movies.
With starters not playing in the preseason finale and bubble players undoubtedly pondering this weekend’s roster cuts, Monday’s practice was canceled as players and coaches instead loaded buses to watch the new comedy “Good Boys” at a local movie theater. Harbaugh has often canceled a late-summer practice in favor of a surprise team-building activity during his 12-year tenure in Baltimore.
Name a better movie theater trio. I’ll wait! pic.twitter.com/Uj5b4o1ZGk
— Chris Wormley (@Chris_Wormley43) August 26, 2019
The final week of the preseason is an unusual time with established players already focusing preparations on the season-opening opponent — Miami on Sept. 8 — while rookies and fringe roster guys are still fighting for their professional lives this week. Young players have certainly taken notice at the process through which veterans go to prepare for the regular season.
“It’s been kind of weird to see even with the first week of training camp versus the second week versus the third week,” rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin said. “The first week, the vets are kind of just getting into it, working their bodies into it. Second week, same thing. Third week, they’re full force hitting everything like that.
“It’s cool to see from that standpoint, too. They know how to manage their bodies and manage the game the right way.”
The Ravens return to practice Tuesday afternoon with several young players trying to get healthy. Eight players were missing from Sunday’s workout, a list including wide receiver Marquise Brown (foot), outside linebackers Tim Williams and Jaylon Ferguson, cornerbacks Tavon Young (neck) and Iman Marshall (thigh), defensive tackle Gerald Willis, and offensive lineman Randin Crecelius. Veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith was also absent from Sunday’s practice.
Offensive linemen Jermaine Eluemunor and Greg Senat and cornerback Maurice Canady all returned to practice Sunday after dealing with recent ailments. Eluemunor and Senat didn’t play in the third preseason game against Philadelphia last Thursday.