Smith makes most of scrimmage time

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Rookie cornerback is pleasant surprise against the Redskins

July 29, 2000|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - The rain-shortened scrimmage lasted only 30 minutes, but Ravens cornerback Jermaine Smith made the most of the time.

Smith was the only undrafted rookie to play in the team's lone defensive series against the Washington Redskins last night, making a solid showing in the second-unit defensive backfield. The 22-year-old out of the University of Washington wasn't told before the scrimmage that he would play that early and considered it a reward for his work in the first week of training camp.

"It was a good surprise," said Smith, who was a four-year starter with the Huskies. "Anytime for me to get on the field is really good. I felt confident out there."

Smith had a role in limiting reserve Washington quarterback Todd Husak to 2-for-8 passing for 12 yards. He didn't allow a reception on two attempts thrown his way and displayed fine anticipation when he broke quickly on an out pattern by Marcus Siggers to deflect a pass.

"He's been very much a surprise," defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis said. "He's really done a good job in training camp for us."

Weather report

The Ravens' bus trip to and from FedEx Field turned out to be longer than the workout. The Ravens, whose round trip from Westminster clocked in over two hours, were only on the field for 1 hour, 40 minutes before lightning and rain caused officials to stop the scrimmage.

After learning of rain in the area, the teams started the scrimmage 10 minutes early, cutting short the seven-on-seven drills. Still, the scrimmage lasted only a half-hour and it was canceled after a 43-minute rain delay.

Rain has been a running theme for the Ravens, who had practiced twice in their first three days of training camp.

Trainer's room

Other than rookie running back Jamal Lewis' dislocated elbow, the Ravens left FedEx Field relatively healthy. Reserve linebacker Dennis Stallings pulled his hamstring on a punt return drill and sat out the rest of the workout.

Defensive tackle Sam Adams, who suffered a burner in his neck Thursday, did not dress yesterday. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis (bruised calf) and free safety Rod Woodson (knee) both had limited workouts in the morning practice at Western Maryland College but participated in the seven-on-seven drills.

Just for kicks

The punting battle didn't become too heated last night.

Starter Kyle Richardson boomed all his kicks beyond 47 yards, including one that sailed 58 yards. Meanwhile, rookie Don Icsman shanked his first kick off the right side of his foot for 15 yards and hit another for 34 yards.

End zone

The Redskins announced Tuesday that they had sold out all 45,000 of their available tickets, yet only half of those seats were filled last night. ... After replacing the injured Jamal Lewis, Ravens running back Jay Graham had two rushing attempts, both for losses of a yard. ... Because the scrimmage was stopped early, the Redskins gave fans last night free tickets to attend their training camp for a day. The Redskins are the only team in the NFL to charge admission to a camp. ... Montell Jordan, Martina McBride and Blood, Sweat and Tears performed following the rain-shortened scrimmage.

Camp today

Where: Bair Stadium, Western Maryland College

Events:

9 a.m.: Ravens cheerleaders and marching band take field

9:30 a.m.: Question-and-answer session with coach Brian Billick

10 a.m.: Non-contact scrimmage

11:20 a.m.: Autograph session

Countdown to season opener: 36 days

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