Report card

October 19, 1998

Running backs

Priest Holmes ran hard, but he is starting to weave instead of hitting the holes hard. Fullback Roosevelt Potts needs to do a better job of blocking.

C-

Quarterbacks

Eric Zeier still has trouble handling the blitz and feeling pressure. He also should have made better reads inside the red zone. Jim Harbaugh came in under much duress and was trying to make plays, but he had little time to do anything.

D

Receivers

The Ravens got the ball to Jermaine Lewis, but they still need to stretch defenses more with intermediate-range passes. The receivers had trouble separating from defensive backs.

D

Offensive linemen

Pittsburgh ran a lot of blitzes, but there is no excuse for all the Ravens' problems. Right tackle Orlando Brown had trouble pass-blocking on the outside and center Jeff Mitchell couldn't stop penetration on running plays up the middle.

Defensive linemen

They dominated the line of scrimmage by shutting down the run and forcing quarterback Kordell Stewart out of the pocket. Tackle James Jones and end Michael McCrary were solid.

B

Linebackers

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis showed little rust from missing two games with a dislocated elbow. Strong-side linebacker Peter Boulware got good pressure on the pass rush, but weak-side linebacker Jamie Sharper needs to be more consistent.

Defensive backs

Rookie cornerback Duane Starks needs to stop complaining lTC about the touchdown he gave up and just admit he gave up too quickly on the play. Right cornerback DeRon Jenkins played well and safeties Stevon Moore and Kim Herring provided good run support.

B

Special teams

Give these guys a hand. They allowed a 41-yard kickoff return and Jermaine Lewis' fumble on a kickoff return led to a Steelers field goal, but this was still one of their best days.

C

Pub Date: 10/19/98

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