Ravens camp update

August 17, 1999|By Mike Preston

Baby Goose: Starting defensive tackle Tony Siragusa left immediately after practice to join his wife, Kathy, in Kenilworth, N.J. The couple are expecting their second child and Siragusa was paged with 15 minutes left in the morning session.

Butterfingers: Receivers Billy Davis and Justin Armour had their share of dropped passes, two of them deflections that were returned for touchdowns by the defense. It was just another day at the office. Ravens coach Brian Billick said he has not seen anybody distinguish himself as a go-to receiver. He said "anybody" four times. Jermaine Lewis, are you listening?

Red zone: The offense had an impressive showing at the 10-yard line when quarterback Scott Mitchell threw back-to-back touchdown passes to A. J. Ofodile and Patrick Johnson. The slant-in pass to Ofodile was a beauty.

Ali-Frazier: There seems to be a daily pushing, shoving and punches-thrown grudge match between offensive tackle Bob Sapp and rookie defensive end Charles Preston during contact period. Sapp gave Preston a right paw to the helmet in the morning session.

Sheer speed: Outside linebacker Peter Boulware has had limited practices because of a shoulder injury, but he hasn't lost any speed. Boulware blew by Sapp on a pass rush shortly after Sapp came out of his stance.

Play of the day: The honor goes to tight end Aaron Pierce, who made a leaping catch on his fingertips despite tight coverage from linebacker Jamie Sharper on a long pass over the middle.

Injuries: Starting left guard James Atkins, who received a $1 million roster bonus in March, watched the rest of the players on the roster practice because he has a hamstring injury. Rookie receiver Brandon Stokley sat out the practice with a shoulder injury.

Quotable: "You don't want to make the same mistake twice. That's when it goes from constructive criticism to you not being around here much longer." -- Mike Flynn, reserve offensive lineman, after being chewed out by Billick twice for jumping offside.

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