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Takeaways and observations from Ravens first joint practice with Commanders

The Ravens and Commanders squared off for their first of two joint practices Tuesday and the rivals didn’t hold back any intensity or physical play.

There were scuffles in the later portions of practice, and deep balls galore from star quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“That’s the bottom line; we got a lot of work done,” Harbaugh said. “Joint practices are a challenge, always, obviously, because you’ve got two teams out here, and there is a lot of pride. I thought it was a really good practice. We had a couple dust-ups, which you don’t want to see, but it’s not really unexpected. I thought they got handled pretty quickly.”

With Day 2 of practice set to begin shortly, here are takeaways and observations from Day 1.

Scuffles galore

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Two physical and intense teams matched up on Monday for the first of two joint practice sessions and it was the skill players that got everything popping off.

Ravens receiver Tylan Wallace got into it with Washington’s Emmanuel Forbes, and after Devin Duvernay entered the fray, the mini-brawl was on.

Mark Andrews bodyslam

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Amid the scuffles and confusion, star tight end Mark Andrews got into the fray after he bodyslammed a Commanders defenders following a play during the team period.

“We want to be competitive and play inside the rules, and I thought today was a good day,” Andrews said. “Obviously, [there was] a lot of competitiveness, a lot of chippiness, but [I have] a lot of respect for the organization and what they stand for.”

Zay Flowers and Emmanuel Forbes link up

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Amid the scuffles and intense practice sessions, was the beauty of first round rookies Zay Flowers (Ravens) matching with former Mississipi State cornrback Emmanuel Forbes (Commanders).

1-on-1s always favor the receiver and Tuesday was no different with Flowers cooking Forbes and every other Washington cornerback.

The first rep of 1-on-1 drills between Ravens receivers and Commanders defensive backs featured

Odell Beckham sighting

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Mandatory Credit: Brent Skeen-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson stated that Odell Beckham Jr. is faster than many people think and everyone found out on this underthrown deep ball early-on in practice.

Jackson and Beckham will continue to develop their chemistry.

John Simpson

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Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

We highlighted Baltimore’s left guard battle as one to watch and Tuesday provided another opportunity for John Simpson to stand out.

Odafe Oweh

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(AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

The pass rusher was a Tuesday standout, logging three “sacks” on the day against the Commanders’ first-team offensive line to continue his strong training camp.

Malik Hamm

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Hamm flashed his potential in the Saturday night win over the Eagles, and continued his strong play during the first joint practice.

DeAndre Houston-Carson

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The former Bears safety hit the ground running on Tuesday, getting involved in the passing game and forcing a fumble.

Story originally appeared on Ravens Wire