Report card

October 27, 1997

Running backs

Any back who rushes for 176 yards when everyone in the stadium knows he is going to run gets high praise. Bam Morris needs to run more north and south, but that's just a nit-pick on an otherwise great day.

A

Quarterback

Vinny Testaverde made the proper reads on his two fumbles, but he needs to develop a better feel for the game instead of being so robotic and quick to call audibles. He passed well despite playing in the rain, but his teammates need to gain confidence in him during crunch time.

C

Receivers

Despite the sloppy conditions, Derrick Alexander, Michael Jackson and Jermaine Lewis did a nice number on the so-called best secondary in football. Cornerback Cris Dishman is still looking for Jackson down the right sideline.

B

Offensive linemen

Barring injury, left tackle Jonathan Ogden is headed to the Hall of Fame. And for at least one day, the rest of the group looked like Hall of Famers.

A

Defensive linemen

The big boys showed up after taking two games off. The ends did a better job of containing off-tackle plays and left end Michael McCrary did an excellent job of working down the line of scrimmage.

B

Linebackers

Middle man Ray Lewis did a superb job after a shaky start and Jamie Sharper has improved on the weak side since being benched a week ago. On third-and-long, strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware is one of the best rushers in the league.

B

Defensive backs

Safety Kim Herring made some fine plays while subbing for Rondell Jones, who is still having problems in pass coverage. The Ravens still have problems at cornerback, but second-year player DeRon Jenkins showed some improvement.

C

Special teams

Kicker Matt Stover is excellent, but the team's kickoff unit is becoming an embarrassment. If Bennie Thompson and Tony Vinson get blocked, no one else makes a big play.

C-

Pub Date: 10/27/97

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