Brown's bad week gets worse Tackle again struggles, drawing three penalties

Ravens Notebook

August 29, 1998|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.-- Veteran right offensive tackle Orlando Brown's week started with a poor performance against Philadelphia on Monday, and things didn't improve much for Brown last night in the Ravens' 14-6 win over the New York Giants.

He drew three penalties during a shaky first half, helping stop the Ravens as much as the Giants' defense did.

Midway through the first quarter during their second possession, the Ravens had put together an eight-play drive to move from their 37 to the New York 37. That's when Brown committed a holding penalty to push the Ravens back to the 47. The drive ended with a punt.

On the first play of the next possession, Brown was called again for holding, nullifying Jim Harbaugh's 11-yard pass completion to Jermaine Lewis. During the same drive, which stalled at the New York 40, Brown lined up illegally.

"He got caught holding a couple of times, but he'll be all right," said coach Ted Marchibroda. "We only spent three days to prepare for this game, and the offensive line is the toughest position to play without enough preparation. He's done it before, and there's no reason to think he won't do it again."

Growing pains

Rookie cornerback Duane Starks experienced some more growing pains, courtesy of fellow rookie Joe Jurevicius.

Jurevicius, the wide receiver and second-round pick out of Penn State, burned Starks down the right sideline for a 59-yard completion. To Starks' credit, he recovered in time to shove him out of bounds at the Ravens' 4.

"He's a rookie who is making rookie mistakes," said Marchibroda, who alluded to Starks' 15-day training camp holdout. "You're seeing that training camp is meaningful."

Starks came back on the next play to stop fullback Greg Comella for only a 1-yard gain on a swing pass into the right flat.

The Giants eventually settled for a 22-yard field goal by Brad Daluiso.

Ofodile in

Tight end A. J. Ofodile, whom Marchibroda has singled out as among the most improved players on the team, cemented his place on the 53-man roster with another fine effort.

Ofodile, starting for Eric Green-- who rested his sore knee rather than risk reaggravating it on the Giants Stadium artificial turf-- caught five passes for 48 yards.

He helped the Ravens score in the third quarter by teaming up with quarterback Eric Zeier. Ofodile's 22-yard catch, followed by a 2-yard reception, set up Errict Rhett's 23-yard touchdown run that gave the Ravens a 7-6 lead with 2: 18 left in the quarter.

More work for Siragusa

By the middle of the second quarter, as expected, Marchibroda had removed most of his starters. One notable exception was defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, who played for the entire first half.

The Ravens got a brief scare in the second quarter when backup defensive end Keith Washington twisted his left knee with 1: 43 left. Washington had to be helped off the field and spent several minutes in obvious discomfort on the bench. By the end of the half, Washington was walking on the sideline. He took the field with the unit that started the second half.

Also, rookie tackle Sammy Williams was limping badly after the game, having sprained his right ankle in the second half. He'll have an MRI today.

Holmes no mystery

Second-year tailback Priest Holmes concluded an outstanding preseason with an excellent fourth-quarter effort, which he finished with a 5-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds remaining.

Holmes, who made the team as a free-agent rookie out of Texas last year, wound up with a game-high 68 yards on 10 carries.

"He is something special," said Earnest Byner, who assists running backs coach Al Lavan. "I'm proud to see the benefits of hard work coming to light. Priest has worked for this. He's prepared for success, so it's no surprise to me."

Pub Date: 8/29/98

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