Yesterday, Jason Butt of CBS Sports.com, called into The Glenn Younes show to talk about the Baltimore Ravens.
The Raven held an open practice at M & T Bank Stadium on Saturday, and Butt said it was beneficial to both the players and the fans.
“It was good for the players to have that sort of game-like atmosphere at the stadium on Saturday. They had a military appreciation day. They had about 1500 soldiers, and about 500 additional friends and family of those soldiers, so it was good to honor those who serve the country,” he said.
Fans also had the opportunity to see Kicker Justin Tucker kick a 62-yard field goal. But Butt said the job is still Billy Cundiff’s to lose.
“I still think it is Cundiff’s to lose. Cundiff has to give the Ravens a reason not to bring him back,” he said.
Ravens Offensive Lineman, Brian McKinnie, had his first full padded practice yesterday, and Butt said he looked good.
“He actually looked really good for the most part. I tell you what, he looked pretty good for such a big guy out there in pass blocking situations,” he said.
Butt also had the opportunity to talk to Linebacker Courtney Upshaw about his shoulder injury after practice on Saturday.
“We talked to Upshaw after Saturday’s practice. He was in the locker room although he didn’t [practice]. But Upshaw said, he described it as a sprain, not a stinger. It’s a sprain in his right shoulder, and it’s just something he’s got to wait for to go down,”
Butt said it would be a stretch to expect him back before Week 1, and that most people aren’t even expecting him to play Week 1 of the regular season.
“You don’t really want to re-aggravate the shoulder, especially if it’s a deep bruise or sprain or something like that, that could flare up again with a lot of contact,” he said.