Report card

September 07, 1998

Running backs

Anybody seen Jay Graham? Errict Rhett was impressive, especially on short runs. Priest Holmes played well. The Ravens, though, must get fullback Roosevelt Potts more involved and get a better mix of pass and run. -- C


Jim Harbaugh earns an incomplete because of his injury. Eric Zeier had to overcome Ted Marchibroda's conservative play-calling, but made some nice reads and adjustments. -- C+


The usually reliable Jermaine Lewis dropped two passes, including one for a possible touchdown. Michael Jackson made several catches on high passes thrown by Zeier. It was not a particularly good day for the rest of the group. -- C

Offensive linemen

The Ravens did pretty much whatever they wanted to and ran effectively to the weak side. Right tackle Orlando Brown seemed to come out of a preseason funk, but left guard Wally Williams was atrocious with the illegal-procedure penalties. -- C+

Defensive linemen

This unit came close to getting an A. Tackle Tony Siragusa got a lot of penetration, forcing Jerome Bettis outside. Ends Rob Burnett and Michael McCrary didn't allow Bettis to square his shoulders at the line of scrimmage. -- B+


Middle linebacker Ray Lewis led all tacklers with 11 and twice ran down quarterback Kordell Stewart from behind. Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware had a strong effort against tight end Mark Bruener, who dominated him last season. -- B+

Defensive backs

Rookie Duane Starks had a superb debut and Rod Woodson was solid on the corner. But the safety play needs to get better, especially defending the long ball. -- C+

Special teams

They ought to lock the doors and ban these units from the new stadium. Three costly snaps and three missed field-goal attempts. Brian Kinchen, hurry back and long snap. Please. -- F

Pub Date: 9/07/98

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