Report card

September 29, 1997

Running backs

Bam Morris had a great '97 debut, rushing for 81 yards on 17 carries. He gave the team a spark, especially in the second half. The group also did a nice job of picking up blitzes.

B

Quarterback

Vinny Testaverde threw high on a lot of passes and the offense was out of sync. Testaverde also had trouble locating his "hot" receivers, especially Morris on swing passes in the flat. Testaverde needs to run instead of trying to force passes.

C-

Receivers

Neither Derrick Alexander nor Michael Jackson got untracked, and Alexander needs to improve on holding his blocks because there were several times Morris was close to breaking long runs. Jackson and Alexander let the Chargers beat on them without much retaliation.

D

Offensive linemen

They weren't nearly as dominating as anticipated. Morris got a lot of rushing yards on his own and there was too much penetration at the line of scrimmage on the pass and the run.

C-

Defensive linemen

They got very little pressure on Stan Humphries, which left the secondary exposed. The Ravens shut off the run, but no one seemed to dominate.

D

Linebackers

They need to improve on pass defense and got suckered quite a few times on play-action passes. Jamie Sharper had only one tackle. Peter Boulware had six tackles and caused the team's only sack from the left defensive end position.

C-

Defensive backs

If it weren't for cornerbacks Eugene Daniel and Antonio Langham, this group would get an F. Blown coverages. Poor decision-making. Anytime tight end Frank Hartley, usually a blocker, catches a 35-yard pass, you've got big problems.

D-

Special teams

Kicker Matt Stover continues to have a great season, going 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts. Greg Montgomery had one of his worst days as a pro, averaging 34.2 yards on five punts.

C

Pub Date: 9/29/97

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