OWINGS MILLS - Not surprising that with temperatures in the 90’s on Wednesday, tempers flared during Ravens minicamp.
In the preliminary scuffle, Ravens rookie tackle Tim Jernigan wrestled with rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore after the whistle blew. Both players ended up on the ground, and had to be separated.
Then in the main event, wide receiver Steve Smith got into skirmish with cornerback Lardarius Webb. After making a catch, Smith was knocked to the ground by Webb and obviously did not appreciate being knocked down. They exchanged words, Smith shoved Webb, Webb shoved back, and Smith came back at Webb before they were separated.
Smith is known for practicing with an edge, and Webb has previously said he looked forward to the challenge of defending Smith in practice. As long as nobody gets carried away and nobody gets hurt, Ravens players seem to welcome the intensity Smith brings to the offense in practice. That was an element Anquan Boldin brought to the Ravens, before he was traded to the 49ers.
“You seen the fire,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs. “We were definitely on opposing ends out there a few minutes ago, but that’s what you kind of need in that purple, a fiery guy like that, not just on defense, but on offense as well. I’m glad he’s on my team.”