Report card

October 20, 1997

Running backs

Bam Morris ran hard despite getting only 13 carries. Morris had 44 yards, but it would be nice to see what would happen if Morris, rookie Jay Graham and Earnest Byner combined for 30 carries in one game.

B

Quarterback

The Ravens wanted to limit Vinny Testaverde's passes, but he had to throw 47 times, completing a career-high 32 for 331 yards. He worked within the scheme of his offense and his capabilities.

B

Receivers

Too many dropped balls, especially by Derrick Alexander. Slot man Jermaine Lewis ran some good routes over the middle, and Michael Jackson seems to be regaining his form.

C

Offensive linemen

Despite missing the first six games with an injury, center Wally Williams looked good smacking around middle linebacker Zach Thomas. But tackle Orlando Brown had trouble with speed rushes to the outside and guard Ben Cavil was shaky at times. Guard Jeff Blackshear and tackle Jonathan Ogden were typically solid.

C

Defensive linemen

They got manhandled and were not effective in pursuing and cutting off the cutback ankles. The linemen also got also got chop-blocked a lot.

D

Linebackers

Peter Boulware has to do a better job of stuffing blockers and keeping his outside arm free to keep runners from getting outside. Ditto for fellow outside linebackers Jamie Sharper and Cornell Brown. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis missed too many tackles.

D

Defensive backs

Good thing safety Stevon Moore (nine tackles) showed up, or the entire defense would have been in trouble. DeRon Jenkins has yet to prove he is a bona fide cornerback in this league.

D

Special teams

Matt Stover continues to have a great year, converting two field-goal attempts, but Greg Montgomery averaged only 38.0 yards on two punts. The Ravens still give up too much yardage on kickoff returns.

C

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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