COMMENTARY | Through the first two days of training camp, there has been no shortage of story lines to follow regarding the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
The veterans reported to "The Castle" in Owings Mills, Md, on Wednesday, and the first full practices began on Thursday.
With plenty of new faces, the Ravens roster looks different than in previous years, but that won't prevent the team from making another playoff and possible Super Bowl run.
Here is the latest buzz in Baltimore as training camp kicks off:
McKinnie Reports To Camp Overweight; Can't Finish Practice
That marks three consecutive years that the veteran arrived to training camp out of shape and overweight, and at this point it should just be expected that he'll show up to camp overweight every year.
McKinnie's weight issues led to head coach John Harbaugh opting to make him sit out practice on Thursday. On Friday, McKinnie was back on the practice field, although not for long.
He couldn't finish the practice as he continues to deal with fitness issues. While this is something that is typical of McKinnie, the Ravens can't afford for him to not be ready for the season, as moving Michael Oher back to left tackle again is less than ideal.
Ravens Still Talking With Leach
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time: Vonta Leach will be returning to Baltimore. It's just a matter of when, not if, the fullback returns after being released in June.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the Ravens remain engaged in contract talks with Leach, and while an expected deal didn't occur on Friday, it should within the next few days.
It appears as if the Ravens are the only team with an offer on the table above the veteran minimum, which makes it all but certain he'll return to Baltimore for one more year.
Ravens Host Veteran Tight End Shiancoe
On Friday, veteran free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was on hand for the Ravens' practice, and the team is reportedly interested in signing him.
Shiancoe appeared in just four games with the New England Patriots in 2012, and is more notable for his time with the Minnesota Vikings. The Ravens don't necessarily need a tight end right now, however, as Billy Bajema and Matt Furstenburg are vying for the third tight end spot.
If the Ravens re-sign Leach, then rookie fullback/receiver Kyle Juszczyk may take the third tight end spot on the roster, further removing the need for another tight end.
Shiancoe played football locally in Baltimore at Morgan State University, which may be one of the reasons why the team hosted him on Friday.
Kyle Casey is a sports writer living in Baltimore, Md. He maintains his own football site, End Zone Report, and is the editor of Cat Crave.
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