Ravens hope to have "jelled" in mini-camp

Ravens hope to have "jelled" in mini-camp
June 28, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Old, new Ravens come together for OTAs

The subject of the Ravens having so many new players and needing to build from that this year has come up many times in the off-season. But running back Ray Rice brought up some interesting thoughts when talking to ESPN this week. 

Rice spoke with "NFL Live" about how everything did as a group in the recent mini-camp. At the mini-camp, it would seem that's a good time for players to connect and take the first steps towards being a new team.

And Rice feels they did just that.

"When you lose that many people and lose guys that you've grown personal relationships with, it's hard on players, it's hard on coaches and it's hard on the organization," Rice said on ESPN's "NFL Live." "So what you do is try to rebuild. What we did was we brought in some veterans and we drafted some rookies. One feeling leaving minicamp was that our team jelled."

If so, that would be a perfect thing for the Ravens because there's so many new faces. The Ravens wound up changing their roster and depth chart much more than any recent Super Bowl champion, but they really didn't have much choice.

Now, coach John Harbaugh needs to push his team together and make them realize last year's done, and this year's here, something he's talked about several times in the off-season. 

That's why Ravens fans have to hope Rice's observation was correct. If they've jelled, the Ravens can take another step in training camp and strengthen those bonds, which would truly make Baltimore a team ready to defend its Super Bowl title when the season begins in Denver in September.