Commanders HC Ron Rivera on joint practices
Hitting the same people throughout training camp can become a little monotonous for the players. Preseason helps in that regard, but the implementation of joint practices also brings about an extra sense of urgency from everyone involved.
Such a scenario is something the Washington Commanders will experience this week when they clash with the Baltimore Ravens over two days. It represents a stern test of the team's credentials and something that will assist those in power with their respective evaluations.
This is a sentiment echoed by Ron Rivera, who stated via the team's website that getting another physical part of their preparations over with will enable his coaching staff to be extra cautious with some of Washington's top guys over the final two warmup games. The head coach also revealed he's spoken to John Harbaugh about how practices will be structured.
"I do like the idea of having the intensity ramped up, having these guys be competitive for a couple of days. It also means we can be smart with them as we get into the rest of the preseason. It's gonna push our guys to have to be good about every little detail. We're going against an established team that's done a great job under coach Harbaugh, and I think there's a lot of things we can learn as a group from these guys."- Ron Rivera via Commanders.com
The Ravens are notoriously physical and made some eye-catching improvements on offense throughout the spring. This will be a tremendous measuring stick for the Commanders and could make all the difference for those looking to push their way onto the 53-man roster.