Familiar faces on field for Jaguars Secondary to meet former Browns WRs McCardell and Rison

Ravens notebook

November 08, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

The Ravens' secondary is eager to get re-acquainted with two familiar faces Sunday when the team travels to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars.

Both Jaguars wide receivers Keenan McCardell and Andre Ri- son played for the former Cleveland Browns last season, combining for 103 catches for 1,410 yards and 10 touchdowns.

McCardell leads the Jaguars in receiving this season with 55 catches for 727 yards and Rison, despite missing several games with leg problems, has 26 receptions for 380 yards.

"They know me and I know them," said Ravens cornerback Antonio Langham (hamstring injury), one of three injured starters who may not play Sunday, along with linebacker Jerrol Williams (knee) and fullback Carwell Gardner (shoulder). "I look forward to playing against them. I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of noise out there on the field."

"Dre [Rison], man, he used to talk a lot when he was younger, like the guys from Kansas City a few years ago," said Langham. "But guys who played against Dre last year said he didn't say much. But if you tick him off, Dre has a lot to say."

It will be interesting to see Rison going against Ravens safeties Eric Turner and Bennie Thompson. Turner talks moderate trash, but Thompson is king of the NFL's sanitation division.

"Dre can't mess with me when it comes to trash talkin', man," Thompson said. "I'm going to let him start first and see where he can go."

Langham has maintained a relationship with both McCardell and Rison, but he couldn't help but take a little friendly shot at McCardell, who changed the pronunciation of his last name this season.

"Oh, that Keenan," said Langham. "He goes to Jacksonville and they give him a little love, and he wants to change his name. I've got to get on him about that."

DL Foley works out

Because the team only has six healthy defensive linemen on the roster (it usually carries eight), the Ravens worked out 6-3, 285-pound defensive lineman Mike Foley yesterday, and may possibly sign him next week to the team's practice squad.

Foley was the sixth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals and was recently on the New England Patriots' practice squad before being released about a month ago.

Ravens vice president of personnel Ozzie Newsome said the team may work out a few more defensive linemen within the next couple of days.

It's all in the hands

Ravens receiver Michael Jackson has made some incredibly tough catches for the team this season, but he has dropped a few that were relatively easy to make.

Why?

It all has to do with hand placement.

"He really has some good hands," said Ravens receivers coach Mike Sheppard. "He has made some unusual catches that you don't expect him to make. But Mike has always been comfortable catching certain passes with his body."

"That slant that he dropped Sunday against the Bengals was a pass that Mike felt more comfortable with catching with his body because he likes to cradle, but in practice he catches similar passes with his hands," said Sheppard. "He has improved that situation over the years, but we're still working on him getting more trust in his hands."

F. Turner gets his stitches

Maybe no player on the team has a bigger comeback story than wide receiver Floyd Turner.

When Turner was 18, his 1978 Cougar was struck by a train that drove his car 10 to 15 yards down the track. Turner got 40 stitches in his head, and another 100 in his shoulder.

"I was in a rural area and the crossings weren't marked or anything," said Turner. "Next thing, I know I got struck. I never saw it. From all the blood and stitches, I never thought I would play football again. But at the hospital they just sewed me up and sent me home."

Morris: Just run

Bam Morris has a mentality that offensive linemen thrive on. Here is his idea of of how a game plan should go:

"If I had my way, Mike Jackson, Derrick Alexander and Floyd Turner would be mad at me all the time. If they asked me what I would do on third and long, I'd say, 'Run it!' On fourth and long? 'Run it!' "

Extra points

Ravens vice president of marketing David Modell said the team has not decided on the "nominal" fee fans will have to pay if they transfer a PSL in the future. "It may be something like $25 or whatever, just the cost of us providing the staff to provide the service," said Modell. "We're not in the business to take advantage of people." Modell also said he has started preliminary work looking into ownership of a new outdoor soccer team in Baltimore.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

Site: Jacksonville (Fla.) Municipal Stadium

When: Sunday, 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 11/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Jaguars by 3 1/2

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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