Adding Green would be plus, M. Lewis says

Ravens notebook

September 23, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

When free-agent tight end Eric Green visited the Ravens last week, he was given a tour of the Owings Mills facility by team officials and a sales pitch from defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.

Lewis coached the linebackers in Pittsburgh during Green's last three years there before the former All-Pro joined the Miami Dolphins in 1995. Their reunion was brief, but productive.

"I encouraged him that this would be a good spot for him," Lewis said. "Obviously, he had a lot of questions regarding the team, the organization, the area and so forth."

Lewis didn't just talk to Green, he talked about him in conversations with owner Art Modell, vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome and coach Ted Marchibroda.

"Being around Eric for three years, I believe this is going to be a good marriage for both parties," Lewis said.

"For us, he was a player at a position where we felt he could come in and help us. He could continue to help at what we're doing, and he gave us another viable threat at tight end. Him paired with Brian [Kinchen] gives us the ability to put two tight ends out there.

"It's a big thing for Eric to get someplace where he could be productive. But he also was looking for a place that's going to run the football. He feels like he's a complete player and a guy who can help a team run and pass, like he did in Pittsburgh."

Lewis said Green has been married for a little more than a year and has matured.

"He's a guy who's ready to step up and take that leadership role," Lewis said.

Green is expected to work out tomorrow and then take his physical to see how his injured left knee handled the stress. The Ravens want running back Bam Morris to take his physical tomorrow at the same time as Green.

Jenkins: step by step

Rookie cornerback DeRon Jenkins sees his elevation to the Ravens' nickel package as the next step toward what he said every player in his position covets -- "being on the field for every snap on defense."

"I have a lot of things I still need to improve on, little technique things, but getting into the nickel package is definitely a step that I'm ready and willing and prepared to take," said Jenkins, drafted out of Tennessee in the second round.

"I've had time to really learn the system now and get into the groove and understand the NFL game because it's a little different than the college game. Cornerback is the toughest position to come into the league and play as a rookie. That, and quarterback, but you don't see many rookies playing quarterback. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

No major overhaul

Safety Eric Turner says that there's nothing wrong with the Ravens' defense that some minor adjustments and better execution won't correct.

In losses at Pittsburgh and Houston, the Ravens were victimized by breakdowns in pass coverage and the inability to stuff the run. They gave up a combined 346 yards on the ground in those games, and 60 points.

"It's really been self-evaluation this week," Turner said. "Basically, when you have a bye week, you want to try to get back to the basics and just re-tool and refine everything that we're doing. Make sure everyone knows what their assignment is, where they're supposed to be. Get the job done."

Next for Ravens

Opponent: New Orleans Saints

When Sunday, 1 p.m.

Site: Memorial Stadium

Records: Saints 0-4; Ravens 1-2.

TV/Radio: Ch. 45/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Pub Date: 9/23/96

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