Williams says he is in step with team

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Back `couldn't have gone to a better situation'

September 05, 2001|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Nearly 10 minutes after he got cut by the Minnesota Vikings, running back Moe Williams knew he would be with the Ravens.

That was about the time he received a phone call from Ravens management. Once he found out the Vikings let Williams go, Ravens coach Brian Billick wasted little time contacting his former player. Williams was in Minnesota when Billick was offensive coordinator, and the teams run similar systems.

"Going from Minnesota, I couldn't have gone to a better situation," Williams said. "I came in today, and I knew exactly what to do."

Williams participated in a brief practice yesterday for the first time after signing a one-year deal worth the $477,000 veteran minimum.

"He's familiar with what we do, and my familiarity with his ability makes us a natural fit," Billick said. "He literally can step on the field and know about 90 percent of what we are doing. So that is a real positive for us."

Billick said he will play Williams on special teams Sunday, and he could see time at running back with Terry Allen and Jason Brookins.

To make room for Williams, the Ravens released guard Orlando Bobo.

End zone

The Ravens expect to have Tony Siragusa ready for Sunday's game. He practiced yesterday. Defensive back Gary Baxter (knee) is out for Sunday. Baxter will likely be able to return to practice in two weeks. ... The Ravens signed tight end Jonathan Burrough, offensive tackle Damion Cook, wide receiver Kenyon Hambrick, defensive back Delvin Hughley and running back Aaron Kernek to the practice squad. ... The Ravens will salute their Super Bowl victory Sunday with a pre-game celebration at 12:30 p.m. "This is for our fans. The players and coaches had their celebrations and moved on. Our season-ticket customers will get their chance this Sunday," Ravens owner Art Modell said.

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