Camp update

July 25, 2000|By Jamison Hensley and Ken Murray

Thumbs up: Wearing pads for the first time as a Raven, rookie running back Jamal Lewis was eager to impress. He created some of the loudest pops of the day when he lowered his shoulder while driving his legs hard through tacklers.

Thumbs down: Running back Jay Graham committed the first mental mistake of camp, fumbling a handoff from quarterback Trent Dilfer. Graham, who is fighting for a roster spot, did not have a carry last season.

Boulware watch: Recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, outside linebacker Peter Boulware did not suit up and worked out off to the side in the morning. He watched the afternoon practice while icing down his shoulder.

Hands-on approach: The Ravens littered the fields last year, dropping so many passes that reporters could count them on two hands daily. But the receiving corps had quite a turnaround yesterday morning, with Brandon Stokley making the only noticeable drop in the middle of the field.

Off on the wrong foot: Rookie defensive end Adalius Thomas stepped on starting tackle Jonathan Ogden's foot in line drills. Ogden hopped around, but appeared all right afterward.

Trainer's room: Reserve wide receiver Kendrick Nord fractured his right fibula while being tackled during the morning session. He will not be able to put any weight on the leg for four to six weeks and walked around on crutches. ... Backup linebacker Tyrell Peters pulled a calf muscle and is day-to-day.

Quotable: "I would say it touches on the mysterious side. He doesn't want to take our tender so he goes out and hires an agent. ... That'll get him far." - Ravens owner Art Modell, prior to punter Kyle Richardson ending his holdout yesterday.

Today's practices: 8:45 a.m.-11 a.m.; 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Countdown to the season opener: 41 days.

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