Report card

November 24, 1997

Running backs

Bam Morris had a great week of practice and played well yesterday, but he still needs to get lower on runs to gain the extra yards on short-yardage situations. He runs too high.-- B

Quarterback

Maybe Vinny Testaverde is starting to come out of his slump. He threw some nice touch passes on mid-range routes and seemed comfortable in the pocket. Testaverde didn't have an interception. -- C

Receivers

Michael Jackson has become a better blocker and caught everything that was thrown his way yesterday. Tight end Eric Green had a couple of clutch receptions, but wide receiver Derrick Alexander dropped two easy ones. -- C-

Offensive linemen

The group opened some holes for the running game, but it broke down at critical times. The Cardinals had only two sacks, but end Simeon Rice did a nice job against left tackle Jonathan Ogden. -- C-

Defensive linemen

The unit did a solid job of shutting down the Cardinals' running attack, but it needs to get more push up the pocket on pass plays. End Rob Burnett seems to jump offside every game. -- B

Linebackers

All three starters were active and middle linebacker Ray Lewis finished with a game-high 11 tackles. Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware had a sack and pressured quarterback Jake Plummer a couple of times. -- B

Defensive backs

This group has made considerable progress during the season, but it has had big lapses that have cost the team almost every game. Despite the injuries, the unit played with a lot of guts. -- C

Special teams

They didn't show up. Not only were the cover units poor, but they committed too many penalties. Kicker Matt Stover keeps the units from getting a failing grade. -- D-

Pub Date: 11/24/97

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