The Baltimore Ravens hosted an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. The practice was part of Military Appreciation Day, more than 2,000 service members and their families were in attendance.
20,324 fans attended the three hour practice, afterwards players spread around the stadium to sign for their fans. It was a great way for fans to get close to the players they root for all season.
It was the first time fans got to see wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The Ravens acquired him from the Houston Texans during the off season.
Jones previously played there in January as a Houston Texan in the AFC divisional playoff game. The Ravens won 20-14.
On this visit to M&T Bank Stadium, Jones experienced what it’s like to be embraced by the Ravens fan base:
“This is the first time they cheered for me instead of booing me,” Jones said. “It was fun. I felt good in that purple, being part of the purple nation. It felt good.”
This time he scored a few touchdowns for the Ravens and meshed well with Flacco. He will likely be the No. 3 wide out this season.
Fans also got to see the kicking competition between kickers Billy Cundiff and Justin Tucker. Cundiff was the starting kicker last season and is known for missing the potential game-tying field goal in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
Tucker hit a 63-yard field goal; Cundiff tried to top him with a 65-yard kick, but missed. Both kickers have performed well during training camp and had nearly perfect outings during the competition on Saturday. While Cundiff is likely to win the starting position, the battle is still being fought; time will tell who wins it.
The Ravens will host two more public practices; August 12 at The Naval Academy in Annapolis and August 19 at Stevenson University in Owings Mills.