The absences continue to outshine those in attendance at the Ravens voluntary OTAs.  The Sun’s Matt Vensel counted 19 players on Baltimore’s 90 man roster that decided to skip out on the workouts/drills/training/whatever else they do at OTAs.

Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ray Rice, Bernard Pollard, Haloti Ngata, Anquan Boldin, Marshal Yanda, Bryant McKinnie, Jah Reid, Jimmy Smith, Cody Glenn, Rodney Bradley, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Asa Jackson, Pernell McPhee, Bryan Hall, David Reed and Vonta Leach all had better things to do than show up at Owings Mills.

As I mentioned last go-around, veterans skipping voluntary workouts is nothing new, but second-year players Jimmy Smith and Jah Reid’s absences are a bit more concerning.  Both Smith and Reed are expecting to be competing for starting spots in their respective positions.  I can’t imagine playing hooky will help their chances.

As for the vets, for a team that was one play away from the Super Bowl you would hope that these guys would be eager to get back to work to take that next step to get to the big game.  The least they could do would be some mentoring for the Ravens rookies in their first camp and help set the tone of locker room early.

I’ve heard that ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio was critical of the Ravens no-shows in a radio appearance on 105.7 The Fan this morning.  I cannot confirm this as I am asleep during the Norris and Davis Show and for whatever reason the interview hasn’t been posted on the station’s website.  Can anyone out there verify or give a brief synopsis?