Report card

November 11, 1996

Running backs

Bam Morris played well in the first half, but was slow in hitting the holes in the second. He is still not in game condition yet, but he is hardly this team's problem.

B

Quarterback

Vinny Testaverde threw some excellent passes, both touch and on-the-run, but one area he needs to improve on is directing the team's two-minute offense. When the game is on the line, the Ravens and Testaverde don't deliver.

C

Receivers

Derrick Alexander continues to have a great season, and had two excellent receptions in the fourth quarter, one for a 21-yard touchdown. Michael Jackson had two catches, but was not a factor. The Ravens did a nice job getting their tight ends involved in the offense.

B

Offensive line

The group did a nice job of opening holes for Morris, but had some confusion on pass- blocking assignments. It also needed to take charge in the final quarter to get Morris going.

C

Defensive line

For a group that has been decimated by injuries, it held together well, especially in the first half. Still no pass rush, though.

C

Linebackers

Mike Caldwell and Mike Croel were fairly dominating early, but were no factor once they were replaced in the nickel and dime packages. Caldwell finished with four tackles.

C-

Secondary

Rookie cornerback DeRon Jenkins didn't play badly in his first start, and Donny Brady wasn't bad on the other corner, even though he gets a weekly pass-interference call. Reserve safety Bennie Thompson played well.

C-

Special teams

Return specialist Jermaine Lewis is about ready to break one, and he is running hard to the first point of attack, which he didn't do earlier in the year. The big mistake was having a punt blocked, which led to a Jaguars field goal.

C+

Pub Date: 11/11/96

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