A look at the Ravens

July 21, 2000|By Jamison Hensley


Tony Banks: The X-factor in revamped attack, Banks is the Ravens' fourth straight different starter entering training camp.

Trent Dilfer: Brought in as a security blanket at quarterback after throwing for 12,969 yards in six seasons at Tampa Bay.

Chris Redman: Can deliver ball quickly and accurately, but he's still two or three years away.

Dan Robinson: Hawaii's all-time passing leader won't have to worry about adjusting to winter in Baltimore.

Running backs

Priest Holmes: Incumbent, dependable starter lacks big-play speed to remain an every-down back.

Jamal Lewis: Expected to carry the ball 250 times as well as carry the running game for the next several years.

Jay Graham: Underachieving 1997 third-round draft pick will be battling three rookies for a roster spot.

Lloyd Clemons: A 24-year-old rookie and former walk-on at Michigan State.

Jason Brookins: Rushed for 1,545 yards in two years at Lane College.

Robert Arnaud: Rookie worked primarily on special teams, making one career start in the backfield at Georgia.


Chuck Evans: Best fullback in Ravens history had three off-season operations yet remains their Iron Man, playing in 85 consecutive games.

Obafemi Ayanbadejo: Minnesota Vikings castoff finished third on Ravens with 19 special teams tackles despite playing three-quarters of last season here.

Wide receivers

Qadry Ismail: Rejuvenated career with 68 catches last year, but improved receiving corps probably means fewer touches this season.

Patrick Johnson: Team's best deep threat needs more concentration and same acceleration.

Travis Taylor: Polished, smooth route runner has picked up the offense quickly and thrives in big games.

Jermaine Lewis: Never found his niche in Billick's system last year. Lewis will be counted on to provide big plays as a slot receiver and a punt returner.

Brandon Stokley: Missed the final two months last season with a dislocated shoulder and may have to show worth on special teams to hold a spot on the club.

Marcus Nash: Former Denver Broncos first-round pick had as impressive an off-season as anyone and could be the sleeper pick of this group.

Billy Davis: Adequate backup makes the cut on special teams ability alone.

Germany Thompson: Former high school quarterback has a shot to land on the practice squad with solid camp.

Kendrick Nord: A practice squad player last year, Nord had a disappointing season in NFL Europe and may not have a long homecoming.

Tight ends

Shannon Sharpe: After playing in a career-low four games last season due to a broken collarbone, can the 32-year-old veteran return to his All-Pro form?

Ben Coates: Brings another 30-something Pro Bowl tight end into the fold who wants to prove his career is not on the decline.

Greg DeLong: Solid H-back accepts a low-key role in Billick's scheme.

Ryan Collins: Showed late flashes and has promising size at 6-6, but he needs more seasoning.

Frank Wainright: Didn't hear his name too much last year, the best compliment for long snapper.

John Jones: Indiana University of Pennsylvania rookie grew on coaching staff during the camps and has an opportunity to win a reserve spot.

Pedro Edison: A late roster addition out of East Tennessee State, he appears to be a long shot.

Offensive linemen

Jonathan Ogden: One of the game's premier left tackles, Ogden is expected to be locked up long term before the season opener.

Edwin Mulitalo: A mauler on the left side who held his own starting the second half of last season.

Jeff Mitchell: Two-year starting center has rounded out his game and is quietly becoming one of the best at his position.

Mike Flynn: Hard-working right guard is the team's biggest gamble among its starters; he has never started an NFL game and barely made the active game-day roster the past two seasons.

Harry Swayne: A better run blocker than pass blocker, 14-year veteran has logged full seasons only twice in the past four years.

Spencer Folau: Valuable backup who appears to be team's right tackle of the future.

Kipp Vickers: Longtime journeyman backup could see playing time under the right circumstances.

Richard Mercier: Ravens fifth-round pick will push Flynn at the right guard spot.

Rod Payne: Former Cincinnati Bengal looks to hang on as a backup center.

Damon Denson: Second-year lineman from the New England Patriots was the Ravens' first free-agent signing this season.

Sammy Williams: Ravens' sixth-round pick in 1998 has yet to play a down in his NFL career.

Orlando Bobo: Played in nine games for the Cleveland Browns, who had the worst offensive line in the NFL last season.

David Camacho: Sizable tackle at 6-7, 320 pounds who started all but one game over past two seasons at Oklahoma State.

Curtice MacFarlane: Comes by way of the San Jose Saber Cats of the Arena Football League.

Defensive line

Rob Burnett: The left-side bookend plays more of a power game and had the most productive year of the starting defensive linemen in his 10th NFL season.

Sam Adams: Only new fixture up front, Adams has Pro Bowl talent but a questionable work ethic.

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