The Ravens and 49ers will practice together for three consecutive days, starting Saturday at the Ravens’ practice facility in Owings Mills. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was not sure exactly what to think about that.
“I don’t know how (joint practices) work,” Smith said. “But every time I’ve seen it on TV there’s been nothing but fights.”
Both John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh hope to see much more than fighting. The coaching brothers decided during the offseason that having their teams practice against each other would benefit both. Joint practices during preseason are becoming more popular. The Ravens are expected to travel to California during one of the next two preseasons to give the 49ers a chance to play host.
However, this is the Ravens’ turn.
“We’re just looking to forward to three really good days of work against the 49ers, a team we respect greatly, very well coached, very good football team,’’ said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “We really appreciate them being out here. It’s a long trip for them to come out here in the preseason, and we’re looking forward to trying to improve and help them improve as well.”
The 49ers may not be in a very good mood following Thursday’s 23-3 loss to the Ravens. That could make for intense practice sessions. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta didn’t think it was a good idea to do much trash talking Thursday night.
“You don’t want to ruffle their feathers too much because you know you’re going to see them the next few days,” Pitta said. “It’ll be fun though. It’ll be a good test for us to be able to go against them.”