QB Zeier could pocket more praise after solid second-half performance

August 18, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Before training camp began, coach Ted Marchibroda said the player who had improved the most during the team's two minicamps was second-year quarterback Eric Zeier.

Last night, Zeier justified Marchibroda's praise with his best performance of the preseason. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He showed more poise in the pocket, he threw well on the run, he made big throws on third JTC

down and his final pass -- a 12-yard touchdown to Ray Ethridge -- came on fourth down and gave the Ravens their first lead with just over a minute left.

"I think I did some things well. I'm feeling a lot more comfortable in the pocket," Zeier said. "Hopefully, that will continue. My No. 1 goal is to help this team win football games. It's important for everybody on the second unit to play well. Who knows what could happen during the season. Somebody could go down, and we have to step up."

Pub Date: 8/18/96

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