Team still kicks around change Blanton, Conway stop by, though Stover improved

Ravens notebook

October 01, 1998|By Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht | Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Despite steady improvement from Matt Stover the past two weeks, the Ravens continue to look at place-kickers, working out Scott Blanton and Brett Conway at the team's training facility in Owings Mills yesterday.

Ravens vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome said both Blanton and Conway worked out for nearly an hour yesterday and he also confirmed that the Ravens had signed linebacker Brad Jackson to the practice squad, and released linebacker Reggie Lowe from the same unit.

Stover struggled early in the season but has hit three of his last four field-goal attempts. The one he missed, a 44-yarder against the New York Jets in Week 2, was the result of a poor hold. Stover is 5-for-9 on the season.

Blanton, in his fourth season, was 2-for-4 on field-goal attempts before the Washington Redskins waived him on Sept. 15, one day after he missed two field-goal tries in a 45-10 Monday night loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Conway was drafted in the third round by the Green Bay Packers in 1997 and spent last season on the injured reserve list with a thigh injury. He was recently released from the Jets' practice squad.

Jackson was recently on the Tennessee Oilers' practice squad, but Newsome said the Ravens had an opportunity to work with him last season at the Senior Bowl. Jackson also should be helpful since the Ravens play the Oilers a week from Sunday.

Holmes, J. Lewis honored

Ravens running back Priest Holmes and teammate Jermaine Lewis became the first two players from the same team to win Player of the Week honors in two years.

Holmes, making his first NFL start, earned the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award by rushing for 173 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 victory over Cincinnati.

Lewis earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award, after returning a punt 87 yards, his second return for a score this season. Lewis also scored on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Zeier.

The last time two players from the same team won weekly awards was Week 5 in 1996, when San Diego's Junior Seau and John Carney were honored.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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