Things to watch

August 12, 2004|By Jamison Hensley

Things to watch

Position: Receiver. The Ravens are set with Kevin Johnson and Travis Taylor as starters. The No. 3 spot is wide-open, with Randy Hymes, Devard Darling, Ron Johnson and Clarence Moore competing. Hymes, who might have started last year if not for a season-ending knee injury in preseason, might have the best shot if he stays healthy.

Veteran: Right guard Bennie Anderson. He is trying to hold off Casey Rabach and keep the job he has held for three seasons. Anderson reported to camp heavier than the Ravens wanted, but he is still a force in the running attack.

Rookie: Return specialist Derek Abney. The seventh-round pick has had an up-and-down camp (inconsistency in fielding punts), but he still has a shot to unseat Lamont Brightful as return specialist. Abney, who sat out briefly with a hamstring injury earlier in camp, has to prove he is as dangerous a returner as he was at Kentucky, where he had a Southeastern Conference-record six punt returns for touchdowns.

On the bubble: Tight end Brett Pierce. Trent Smith's rehabilitation from a leg injury has created a need for a third tight end. Pierce, who had a team-best seven catches for 50 yards in last week's scrimmage, is trying to close the gap on Daniel Wilcox for that spot.

Injury report: OLB Peter Boulware (knee), QB Anthony Wright (shoulder) and TE Trent Smith (leg) are on the physically-unable-to-perform list. RB B.J. Sams (thumb) and DT Matt Zielinski (knee) will not play. OT Orlando Brown (illness in the family) is not expected to suit up and will be replaced by Ethan Brooks. CB Chris McAlister (contract dispute) has not reported to training camp and will be replaced by Corey Fuller or Ray Walls.

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