Report card

December 15, 1997

Running backs

Bam Morris made some tough runs but never got on track. The Ravens need to add a little spice to their running game. Teams are slanting hard to the tackles on running plays. How about a counter now and then? Or a trap?

C

Quarterback

Eric Zeier looks more comfortable each game. He made the big plays when he had to, and his scrambling bought him more time when pressure forced him out of the pocket. He hasn't thrown an interception in his two starts (56 pass attempts).

B

Receivers

Michael Jackson made a couple of tough runs after receptions and did a good job adjusting his routes to blitzes. Derrick Alexander's touchdown reception was a highlight clip and Eric Green did a nice job of finding the soft areas.

B

Offensive linemen

The back-side linemen allowed to much penetration on running plays. This group still has a tough time converting on short-yardage situations.

C

Defensive linemen

This group played well despite being hit hard by injuries. A couple of times they got caught out of their gaps and left middle linebacker Ray Lewis unprotected. But you have to be pleased with the effort.

C+

Linebackers

This was not a great day for Lewis, who had a tough time getting off blocks, especially on draw plays. Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware was effective on the rush, but neither Boulware nor Jamie Sharper did much to shut down the run.

C-

Defensive backs

This group keeps making progress. Rookie safety Ralph Staten had some of the best hits in the game, and cornerbacks DeRon Jenkins and Antonio Langham had decent coverage. The Ravens knocked down 11 passes.

B

Special teams

The Ravens' coverage units were excellent and Jermaine Lewis provided spark with returns yards. But the Ravens' two field-goal attempts were blocked, and Bennie Thompson needs to stop holding.

C

Pub Date: 12/15/97

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