Facing Strahan, Mulitalo gets by with a little help

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Heap, Ricard team up with right tackle

injury might sideline Demps

Giants 13, Ravens 0

August 30, 2002|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ravens tackle Edwin Mulitalo had much help in his battle last night with New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, and as it turned out, he needed it.

In one of the only times Mulitalo had to block Strahan one-on-one, the NFL's single-season sack record-holder beat Mulitalo and hit quarterback Chris Redman, who got the pass off just in time for a 3-yard completion to fullback Alan Ricard.

Outside of that play, Mulitalo received help from tight end Todd Heap and Ricard when the Ravens tried to throw.

"I didn't get too much of a workout," Mulitalo said. "Strahan tricked me, because I watched film on him and was getting ready for that bull rush, and he came and went around me. I guess that is the game they play."

Strahan played in just the first two defensive series, eight plays overall. It was supposed to be the final and grandest test of Mulitalo's switch from left guard to right tackle, but in the end, not much could be learned from such a short outing.

Mulitalo struggled in the preseason opener against Detroit Lions end Robert Porcher, rebounded for a strong outing against the New York Jets before having a setback last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, giving up his first sack of the preseason against Corey Simon.

"I know that I'm not the best tackle out there, but I know that I'm not the worst," Mulitalo said.

Demps injured

Safety Will Demps dislocated his elbow in the first half, and Ravens coach Brian Billick indicated that the undrafted rookie could miss up to a month.

Demps, who had been one of the team's biggest surprises of the preseason, made one of his first glaring mistakes of the preseason, taking a bad angle on a 44-yard reception by Ike Hilliard on the first play of the second quarter.

"I just have to go day-by-day with it," Demps said of the injury.

Defensive shuffle

With linebacker Peter Boulware back in the lineup last night, the Ravens dropped Adalius Thomas down to right defensive end and moved Kelly Gregg inside to tackle.

Gregg replaced starter Maake Kemoeatu on the defense's second series.

Shannon Taylor was the other starting outside linebacker, but he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return.

Boulware made his first impact of the preseason, sacking Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer for a 6-yard loss on third down early in the second quarter.

"It felt good to get out and knock the rust and get in the mix," Boulware said. "My leg feels great."

The Ravens ended three consecutive New York drives with sacks -- by Boulware, Cornell Brown (4 yards) and Ed Hartwell (13 yards). Hartwell led the Ravens this preseason with four sacks.

R. Lewis in and out

It was an exceptionally short night for linebacker Ray Lewis.

Lewis was taken out after the Ravens' first defensive series. He went out in style, though, leveling Palmer on a third-and-14 play to force an incompletion.

Lewis finished with seven tackles in the preseason.

End zone

Receiver Brandon Stokley (knee) was held out of last night's game as a precaution. ... Receiver Travis Taylor suffered a left calf bruise in the first quarter and did not return. ... Cornerback James Trapp (torn pectoral muscle) and defensive end Tony Weaver (ankle) did not play. ... Defensive end Michael McCrary and cornerback Gary Baxter played exclusively on passing downs. McCrary had one good rush on Palmer, while Baxter missed a tackle that led to the Giants' initial first down.

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