Training camp gets passing grade Modell impressed, says he's likely to return to W. Maryland next season

Ravens Notebook

August 16, 1996|By Kevin Langbaum | Kevin Langbaum,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

This morning's walk-through marks the official end of the Ravens' inaugural training camp, and although there is no decision on where camp will be held next summer, the reviews of Western Maryland College are favorable.

"Everything's been just fine," said coach Ted Marchibroda. "It's really been an excellent camp. You really couldn't ask for anything more."

The few complaints -- the lack of available dorm rooms and meeting rooms being the most common -- were the result of the Ravens waiting too long to choose the facility.

"It's everything you need," said center Steve Everitt. "You can't complain about the fields. They've got nice locker rooms."

Owner Art Modell, the man who will make the decision on where the team practices next year, also was impressed.

"I like the environment here," Modell said. "The spectators here have a good vantage point. I like the Comfort Inn [where the players stayed]. The whole thing is a good experience.

"I look favorably toward this college. I haven't committed here yet, but I'm leaning toward coming back here."

Camp experiences

The Ravens' two first-round draft picks, offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis, had different impressions of their first NFL training camp.

For Lewis, who is expected to start at middle linebacker this season, the adjustment to pro camp requires acting like a veteran.

"You can't look at it like a first training camp, but like you've been here before," Lewis said. "I think when you get here you really have to focus on what you're doing. You really have to set your standards high and when you set them high enough, nothing comes as a surprise."

Lewis, who played at the University of Miami, was not bothered by the heat and wouldn't let the two-a-day practices get to him, either.

"That's nothing," he said. "You can't think about that stuff. When you have to be out here this is a job."

Ogden, the starting left guard, said camp has been a positive experience, but he's glad it's over.

"It's been interesting," he said. "It's long. The work's been what I expected. It's camp. Camp is always hard. But I got through it and I'm just happy."

For defensive end Rob Burnett, the best part of training camp is the end. The seven-year veteran had few positive things to say about the last four weeks.

"Training camp is a dehumanizing experience, to say the least," he said. "You feel like you're in prison. To get out of here and breathe fresh air will be refreshing."

Fashion statements?

Everitt continues to stray from the routine when it comes to attire. Everitt practiced yesterday in a plain white jersey, black pants and a plain black helmet.

ZTC "My jersey just got ripped yesterday, that's all," Everitt said. "They ran out of shirts with my number."

During Monday's practice, in a heavy rain, Everitt tore off his jersey after it got ripped. He practiced the rest of the day in only shoulder pads, with no shirt underneath. On Saturday, he wore a Cleveland Browns bandanna on the sideline of the Ravens-Giants game.

Receivers hurting

Ravens receivers continue to be banged up. Michael Jackson, Calvin Williams and Floyd Turner missed yesterday's practice with knee injuries. Curtis Brown sat out again with a leg injury.

Marchibroda said there's a chance Williams and Jackson will play against Green Bay, but a decision will not come until tomorrow. Derrick Alexander will start, along with either James Roe or Jermaine Lewis, Marchibroda said.

On the lookout

The Ravens still are considering acquiring free-agent defensive tackle James Jones or Miami Dolphins running back Terry Kirby, but there has been no progress recently, vice president for player personnel Ozzie Newsome said.

Newsome talked to Miami yesterday and to Jones' agent on Monday. The team still has salary cap concerns and wants to evaluate the team again after Saturday's game, Newsome said.

Pub Date: 8/16/96

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