Report card NFL WEEK 2

Steelers 31, Ravens 17

September 09, 1996|By Mike Preston

Running backs

Mind game has worked with Leroy Hoard, who ran hard and straight, showing Pro Bowl form of 1994. FB Carwell Gardner always turns in good day of work. -- C+

Quarterback

Not a great day for Vinny Testaverde. Fumble was forgivable (it was a great shot) but he came close to throwing three interceptions. Passes didn't seem to have zip. -- C

Receivers

Group gave solid effort, with Derrick Alexander leading way. But where are Calvin Williams and Floyd Turner? -- B

Offensive line

Unit played well and opened some big holes for Hoard. Group also pass-protected well until deficit forced team into passing situations. Line keeps getting better every week. -- B

Defensive line

Group was nonfactor, except for hustling of Dan Footman. Ends never figured out how to stop off-tackle plays. Pass rush was somewhat weak, too. -- C-

Linebackers

Ravens thought they had filled outside positions with solid players, but questions are resurfacing. Outside linebackers are finesse guys but need to be more physical against run. Ray Lewis had 10 tackles but got some schooling from Steelers All-Pro C Dermontti Dawson. -- C-

Secondary

Safeties Eric Turner and Stevon Moore combined for 21 tackles but were slow with run support. Cornerbacks continue to play soft and offered little resistance against run. -- D

Special teams

Special teams hustled but had little impact. Kickoff team returned six for 151 yards. Matt Stover converted on only field-goal attempt, and Greg Montgomery had 49.0-yard average four punts. -- B

Pub Date: 9/09/96

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