Looking out for No. 2, Redman at ease

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

He finds comfort zone as top backup, says he'd welcome Cunningham

Pro Football

April 28, 2001|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The vote of confidence was not necessarily needed.

Backup quarterback Chris Redman already felt comfortable about his standing with the Ravens. So even though coach Brian Billick reiterated earlier this week that Redman would be the No. 2 quarterback next season regardless of whether Randall Cunningham signs, it had little effect on Redman.

"I can't control any of that," Redman said. "I just have to go out there and do what I do best. If Randall does come in, I think it will be a positive for me. Whenever you can be around a great quarterback, you can grasp knowledge from him. You take a little bit from everybody and hopefully get better."

Cunningham likely will sign with the Ravens in June and become the third quarterback, though rookie Ortege Jenkins holds that position now.

As the top backup to Elvis Grbac (who signed as a free agent this off-season), Redman will receive far more snaps during training camp and in preseason games than he had last season.

"I feel a lot more comfortable as far as this minicamp goes," Redman said. "Last year, I didn't know where my locker was. Now I feel real comfortable around the guys. The more comfortable you are with each other, the better it is going to show out there."

Rarely does the third-string quarterback outlast the top two, but that is exactly what Redman has done. Trent Dilfer, who led the Ravens to their Super Bowl win over the New York Giants, remains an unsigned free agent and Tony Banks signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

"I learned a lot from Tony and Trent," Redman said. "But I think I can get a lot from Elvis because he is just a great guy."

Center of attention

Center Mike Flynn said he is already developing a rapport with Grbac.

Flynn, who is switching from right guard to center to replace Jeff Mitchell, said he is getting his timing down with the new quarterback.

"He had a good relationship with his last center," Flynn said of Grbac. "They talked over a lot of things. I think that makes my job a lot easier. I don't have to figure a lot of stuff out by myself."

Tarnished hardware?

After close to three months, the Super Bowl trophy is the first item on the Ravens' injury sheet.

Rumor has it that the top of the trophy is a little loose after defensive tackle Tony Siragusa spent time with it.

"It had a little ketchup and a little sauce on it," Siragusa said of the trophy. "It was a little loose maybe because we were throwing it around a little bit. But don't tell anyone that."

Nash released

The Ravens released receiver Marcus Nash yesterday. Nash, a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1998, joined the Ravens as a free agent in 2000.

"It was a sheer numbers things and it doesn't preclude him from coming back," Billick said.

Et cetera

Ravens receiver Jermaine Lewis and his wife, Imara, have established a foundation in honor of their stillborn son, Geronimo, to help needy families and expectant mothers insure the health of their infants. The couple will hold a fund-raising gala tomorrow in Washington in which linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Duane Starks will model clothing. For more information, call 301-604-5335. ... The Ravens signed quarterback Jenkins (Arizona); running backs Derek Homer (Kentucky) and Aaron Kerneck (Austin College); wide receiver Albert Horsey (Delaware State), tight end Billy Kendall (Memphis State), offensive linemen Damion Cook (Bethune-Cookman), Jim Jones (Notre Dame), Anthony Lambo (Oklahoma State) and Dave Pruce (New York State-Buffalo); defensive linemen Mike Bland (Hampton), Corey Callens (Oklahoma), Ryan Fisher (Oklahoma) and Adrian Wilson (Miami); linebackers Kenny Jackson (Nevada-Reno) and Tim Johnson (Youngstown State); and defensive backs Pete Destefano (California), Richard Holand (Virginia Military Institute), Delvin Hughley (Jacksonville State), Alvin Porter (Oklahoma State), Damian Swain (Alabama State) and Reggie Waddell (Western Illinois). ... Defensive end Michael McCrary practiced yesterday but is still feeling the effects of shattering a bone in his index finger during the Super Bowl. "I'll be ready by July," McCrary said.

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