Jones may be in line to tackle shaky area Former Brown, Bronco talking with Newsome

Ravens Notebook

salary cap is problem

August 07, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

The Ravens have had preliminary talks with former Denver Broncos defensive tackle James Jones, according to Ozzie Newsome, the team's vice president of personnel.

Jones, 6 feet 2 and 290 pounds, played for the Cleveland Browns from 1991 through 1994 before signing with Denver for the 1995 season.

Jones, out of Northern Iowa, was a third-round pick of the Browns in the 1991 draft.

"One thing I learned from Bill Belichick [former Browns coach] was that you never have enough defensive linemen," said Newsome. "We've had some dialogue, but I hear Denver wants him back."

Jones started at left tackle in all 16 games for the Broncos last season and had 49 tackles. His best sack year was in 1993 when he had 5 1/2 with the Browns.

His addition could help because defensive tackle is a suspect area for the Ravens, who have Tim Goad and Dan Footman listed as starters and Larry Webster as the No. 3 tackle.

Signing the free agent could be a problem. According to Newsome, the Ravens are only $62,000 under the salary cap. Jones made $900,000 in base salary last season in the first year of a three-year contract with Denver, but was cut in training camp on July 18.

Lewis rests injury

Rookie receiver Jermaine Lewis, from the University of Maryland, sat out practice for the second straight day yesterday with a groin pull. The injury occurred on the punt return before Lewis returned one 75 yards for a touchdown late in Saturday's game.

Starting linebacker Mike Croel practiced for the second day in a row, but said his calf is still sore from an injury. Backup offensive tackle Jed Devries did not practice and wide receiver Floyd Turner, out with a knee injury, jogged lightly. Starting receiver Derrick Alexander, who had a death in his family and missed the Eagles game, is expected to practice today.

Otis makes points

Scott Otis, the rookie QB out of Glenville State (W. Va.), has had little publicity because he is No. 3 behind Vinny Testaverde and Eric Zeier, but coach Ted Marchibroda has been impressed.

"We have to get our No. 1 and No. 2 guys most of the work, but when he does throw, I have been impressed," said Marchibroda. "He has been performing very well."

Miscellaneous

Marchibroda said the starters are expected to play a half again Saturday against the Giants. . . . Six thousand single-game tickets for each of the eight regular-season games go on sale Saturday at Memorial Stadium and all Ticket-Master outlets. . . . Among the visitors at practice yesterday was Cameron Snyder, 79, longtime Baltimore Colts beat writer for The Sun. . . . Center Steve Everitt said he wasn't surprised by the big turnout last Saturday night. "If I was a Baltimore resident, I would have been there checking it out, too," he said. "It was great. Big crowds are something we can look forward too during the year."

Ravens camp

Where: Western Maryland College, Westminster

Practices: Run through Aug. 15. All are free and open to the public. Time is 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m., but is subject to change.

Hotline: 1-888-9RAVENS

Directions from Baltimore: Take I-695 to Exit 19 to I-795 north to its end. Follow signs to Westminster via Route 140 north to Route 97 north. Turn left on exit ramp onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Go about 1 mile and turn left at Monroe Street. Turn right at Winters Alley. Parking lot is on left.

Ravens preseason

Saturday

Opponent: New York Giants

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV/Radio: Chs. 11, 4/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Schedule

Date ... Opponent .... Time ..... TV

Aug. 17 .Green Bay ....7 ...... ..54

Aug. 23 at Buffalo .. .7: 30 ... .54

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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