Frazier gets shot at returns


Billick: `He was very sure of himself back there'

Pro Football

August 21, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

PHILADELPHIA - Outside of Terrell Owens, Ravens cornerback Lance Frazier saw more face time on the replay screens at Lincoln Financial Field than anyone.

Frazier fielded punts for the first time as a Raven and averaged 10.3 yards on three returns. It was his last return, however, that was shown three times to the fans that attended the Philadelphia Eagles' 26-17 win over the Ravens.

The undrafted rookie ran into the back of his blockers, falling flat on his back after a relatively loud collision, drawing a combination of laughter and moans from the crowd.

"I did pretty good until the point where I got knocked out by my own man," Frazier said.

Frazier, who replaced the struggling Lamont Brightful, fielded the ball well, which was the most important thing the Ravens wanted to see. Brightful fumbled a punt return attempt in the Ravens' previous preseason game.

"He was very solid, very sure of himself back there," coach Brian Billick said of Frazier. "He's been that way in training camp, very solid."

Brightful did not return punts. He did average 22 yards on three kickoff returns.

Reed makes pitch

Although it is only preseason, Ed Reed is still studying teams' tendencies.

Reed intercepted Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in the second quarter at Philadelphia's 42. He ran the ball to the 17 before pitching it to Will Demps, who took it into the end zone for a game-tying touchdown.

"I've seen that play so many times before," Reed said. "I thought they'd be looking for [Owens], especially since they were struggling running the ball. I read the play, and the ball was there. I took advantage of the opportunity, and when I saw I couldn't get in, I flipped it to Will. I've got a little Magic Johnson in me."

In excess

Reed and Ray Lewis put on too much of a show celebrating the touchdown, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.

The Eagles' J.R. Reed returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown after the Ravens were penalized on the kickoff.

"I don't know how you can control us from playing football," Ed Reed said. "It's just football. They've put a lot of restrictions on it, which is cool because it's the rules. You have to live and die by the rules. That's just how they want it, and that how it's going to be."

Stewart rebounds

Like a veteran should, Kordell Stewart shrugged off his third-quarter interception to Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter to lead the Ravens' only offensive touchdown drive the next series.

Stewart finished off an eight-play, 79-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run in which he jumped over a defender to get into the end zone.

End zone

Tight end Todd Heap bruised his shoulder in the second quarter and did not return. The injury is not believed to be serious. ... Cornerback Corey Fuller sprained his knee in the first half and did not return ... Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee and will probably miss the entire season. ... Anthony Wright (shoulder), Derek Abney (arm), Chris McAlister (contract dispute), Fred Weary (quadriceps), Peter Boulware (knee), Matt Zielinski (knee), Orlando Brown (personal reasons), Casey Rabach (knee), B.J. Sams (arm), Trent Smith (leg) and Marques Douglas (elbow) missed last night's game. ... Ravens running back Musa Smith had 14 carries for 80 yards. "That was one of the good things," Billick said.

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