Camp update

August 25, 1999|By Gary Lambrecht

Sign of progress: Remember how Ravens coach Brian Billick laid into his offense for lapses in concentration 11 days ago and made it practice for an extra 25 minutes? Yesterday marked a crisp, up-tempo workout that ended 25 minutes early.

More progress: The butterfingers are disappearing steadily, as the dropped passes so common in camp's early days are fading. Yesterday's practice featured a superb, sliding grab on the sideline by Webster Slaughter and a great end-zone catch in a red-zone drill by Justin Armour, who is catching everything.

No progress: Michael George, the agent for defensive end Michael McCrary, said yesterday's contract extension talks with the club went nowhere. Talks will continue today. "Based on the two positions right now, there's not going to be a deal," George said. "We took anything but a step forward."

Are you kidding me? Actually, Billick applied a different verb whenaddressing backup fullback Tony Vinson after he dropped a touchdown pass in the morning.

Injuries: Besides James Atkins leaving the field with a re-injured hamstring and Jermaine Lewis skipping another workout with back spasms, safety Anthony Poindexter (knee) did not practice. Offensive tackle Sammy Williams (shoulder) did some light work but was not in pads.

A rare sight: You don't often see offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden neutralized by anyone, but that's what second-year defensive tackle Lional Dalton did to Ogden by blasting him with a power move coming off the line of scrimmage during line drills.

Quote: "My goal is to be No. 1. I want to win at everything I do. I'm going to take advantage of whatever my role is, whether it's getting the water or cheerleading. It would be sad if you didn't want to be No. 1." -- Running back Errict Rhett, who is trying to unseat Priest Holmes as the starting tailback.

Pub Date: 8/25/99

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