OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After a season ravaged by main accidents to key, star gamers, the Ravens knew modifications needed to be made. That began with their offseason exercise program.
“You just have to reevaluate everything, turn over every stone and there are so many different aspects of that,” mentioned head power and conditioning coach Steve Saunders. “I think you have to take the offseason, preseason, the whole season into account and just say, ‘Is there something we need to improve on? Is there something we need to tweak?'”
As the crew gathers this week for part one among offseason work – which is proscribed to power and conditioning, bodily rehab and conferences – gamers are noticing variations.
“I definitely see some changes,” mentioned fullback Patrick Ricard. “I think our warmup is more broken down. We’re stretching more. We’re doing a little bit more for flexibility and just overall just mechanics of warming up. I also think our workouts are still very good work. I think it’s what we need. And I think it’s also a little bit of less reps. So, I think they are trying to tone it down a little bit and make sure that we’re really just getting into the groove of things and not really shocking the body too much.”
Among all the modifications the largest is definitely being again within the constructing. The pandemic pressured this a part of the offseason to be accomplished by way of zoom in every of the previous two years.
“It’s a lot better. Virtual you just, ‘Aww I got to get on Zoom. I got to do all the log-in and stuff.’ Then you got to work out at home,” mentioned linebacker Patrick Queen. “Being back and actually able to do stuff with your teammates, it actually builds chemistry now.”
Second-year receiver Rashod Bateman is participating for the primary time. He’s again in Owings Mills after operating routes with quarterback Lamar Jackson.
“Lamar is phenomenal, as always. He is doing good,” mentioned Bateman. “I’m excited for him, excited for his future. But, we did get together a couple times to get some work in and we just left it at that.”
The Ravens’ offseason program lasts 9 weeks, culminating with obligatory minicamp in mid-June.