Originally written on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Mckinnie

The good news at Ravens camp besides the beginning of full-contact drills is that LT Bryant McKinnie finally reported, and it turns out the big veteran did suffer a lower back injury in a slippery fall inside his home in Florida.  He's okay and actually looks pretty svelte by all accounts, having worked himself down to about 340 pounds... not bad considering he came in between 360 and 375 last summer...

Speaking of weight issues, Ray Lewis has announced he will play under 240 pounds this season. Athough officially listed at 250 in the program, Lewis has always played well beneath his published weight. This year he's taking it to an even lighter level.

Lewis said playing lighter is the “smarter” thing to do because he doesn’t have to face 260-pound fullbacks anymore, and will instead have to keep up with quicker, elusive tight ends like the Rob Gronkowski’s and Aaron Hernandez’s of the world.

“This is rational thinking considering the NFL has turned into a passing league, and it’s hard to second-guess perhaps the greatest linebacker to ever play the game,” wrote Jamison Hensley. “But you have to wonder whether Lewis lost too much weight this offseason.”

“Those 260-pound fullbacks may be becoming obsolete today, but violent collisions are not,” added Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun.

Hensley, Vensel and CBSSports.com’s Jason Butt, all argue that Lewis’ primary responsibility as a middle linebacker is to stop the run, which will be a challenge in a hard-nosed division like the AFC North.

I'll put my money on Lewis---gotta figure the guy knows what he's doing by now.

Here are some photos to give you an "inside" look at the Ravens' private training facility in Owings Mills. Photos provided by Bruce Raffell of the Ravens SB.Nation member website:








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