Report card

September 16, 1996

Running backs

Earnest Byner played well, but Leroy Hoard should have played more coming off his strong performance against the Steelers. The absence of a breakaway runner hurts this team once it gets behind.-- C

Quarterback

Two of the three interceptions were Vinny Testaverde's fault. He also short-armed a few passes in the second half and became frustrated. With a limited running game, the Ravens can't afford those turnovers.-- D

Receivers

Michael Jackson turned in a decent day of work, but Derrick Alexander caused the first interception, then dropped a mid-range pass over the middle that hurt. Calvin Williams probably will see more action, but had no impact yesterday.-- D

Offensive line

This group opened some nice holes for the running backs, but the unit is facing a lot of pass-rushing pressure because the Ravens keep falling behind early in games.-- C+

Defensive line

This unit pretty much shut down the Oilers' rushing attack, but seemed to get tired in the second half when the Ravens' offense couldn't put together a drive. This group hasn't shown much of a pass rush.-- C

Linebackers

This group played well for a half, but dissolved in the second. The Oilers were effective running short routes behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties. The linebackers had a tough time trying to cover H-back Frank Wycheck one on one.-- C-

Secondary

The Ravens' safeties were solid, but the lack of quality athletes on the corner limits the team's coverages. This will be a problem the rest of the season, but Donny Brady is closing the gap on Issac Booth at right cornerback.-- C-

Special teams

This is usually one of the team's most stable areas, but Earnest Hunter had trouble fielding a kickoff and Brian Kinchen sailed a snap over punter Greg Montgomery's head, leading to a safety.-- D

Pub Date: 9/16/96

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