Report card

October 12, 1998

Running backs

Priest Holmes ran hard but had no place to run. At times, he looked a little indecisive instead of just leaning forward trying to get a yard. The Ravens often used two tight ends or three receivers, so fullback Roosevelt Potts was no factor.

Quarterback

Eric Zeier's numbers were misleading. He still has problems feeling the pressure in the pocket and sometimes just needs to tuck the ball and run. He missed on several short passes over the middle and his reads on several blitzes were incorrect.

D+

Receivers

What receivers? Tight end Eric Green was off to a good start until he got hurt. Replacement Brian Kinchen performed well with four receptions for 55 yards. The Ravens waited too long to get their receivers involved in the offense.

C-

Offensive linemen

Failing to get 1 yard on three straight running plays in the fourth quarter was unacceptable. The line seemed to have problems with Zeier's position in the pocket on passing plays and allowed a lot of pressure from the right side.

Defensive linemen

End Michael McCrary was superb with eight tackles, including two sacks. The line got pushed too far down the line of scrimmage at times, and Eddie George was able to pick up yards on cutbacks.

C+

Linebackers

Middle linebacker Tyrus McCloud stepped up in the second half after a slow start, but the team misses Ray Lewis. Both outside linebackers played reasonably well, but Jamie Sharper and Peter Boulware disappeared in the first half.

C

Defensive backs

This group didn't get tested often, but cornerback Rod Woodson made some big plays and Kim Herring was strong on run support. Cornerback DeRon Jenkins rebounded with a decent performance after getting toasted two weeks ago.

C+

Special teams

D8 The punt team had five bad snaps. That's all, folks.

D

Pub Date: 10/12/98

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