About 30 take part in workout Two-week minicamp site still undetermined

Ravens notebook

April 04, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht and Mike Preston | Gary Lambrecht and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

About 30 Baltimore Ravens worked out at the team's training complex in Owings Mills yesterday, a number that should grow by "about five or six next week," said Jerry Simmons, the team's strength and conditioning coach.

Normally, about 85 percent of the team takes part in the off-season program at a central location, although some veterans are not required to report. Among the players absent was quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

"If it's a veteran player with no injury history and a good history of staying in shape, they are allowed to train at their homes," Simmons said.

Everyone is required to report to the team's two-week minicamp, beginning April 26. The question is, where will the camp be held?

Since the Owings Mills complex is still being renovated and parking is scarce there, team officials are considering holding the minicamp at an alternate site where the public could attend. Furthermore, while the artificial turf field in Owings Mills should be installed soon, the grass field may not be ready in four weeks.

Team owner Art Modell said the team could run the minicamp at Memorial Stadium, where the Ravens will play their first two seasons.

As for the team's training camp site -- camp will open in mid-July -- Modell said he is committed to keeping the training site "within the state of Maryland" this summer.

Look for training camp to be held at a college in or near Baltimore. Ravens officials have contacted Towson State and Western Maryland College. Goucher College and UMBC also could be candidates.

Footman is signed

The Ravens announced the signing of restricted free agent and starting defensive tackle Dan Footman. Footman signed for two years, but financial terms were not available.

Footman started in all 16 games last year, 14 at right tackle and two on the left side. He totaled 71 tackles (31 solo, five sacks). He is expected to be challenged by Larry Webster, a former University of Maryland standout, for the starting tackle position.

The Ravens have laid the groundwork for putting in the no-huddle offense, but it probably won't be the team's base offense.

Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda used the offense when he was offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"We've already started putting in some of the terminology so we can use the offense and pick up right on it," said Marchibroda.

Logo, PSLs are TBA

Modell, who expects to buy a home in Cockeysville soon, said the team should have a logo and colors within three weeks.

Modell said his son, David, head of the Ravens' marketing department, has been in constant contact with NFL Properties.

"You have to be careful that you come up with your own idea," said Art Modell. "The Raven is black, but you have to make sure it's a different scheme than the color of the Atlanta Falcons and the Oakland Raiders. We're not going to have a poll, but we'll sit down and see which colors and logo looks the best on uniforms, T-shirts and caps."

He also said a decision on permanent seat licenses and ticket sales will be finalized by late April or early May.

The comedian within

Modell tossed out a few one-liners yesterday.

"It's good to be back in football again and out of court. I like to be around players. Some of them like to be around me."

"I called in this morning, and they said, 'Baltimore Ravens.' I thought I had the wrong number."

Two for one

One of the reasons the Ravens can bring in 20 of the nation's best college football players is because the Washington Redskins are paying part of the airfare. When a player finishes at one site, he's shuttled over to the other to be interviewed.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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