Sanders held out of practice

Ravens cornerback receives scheduled day of rest

August 02, 2005|By Steve DeClue | Steve DeClue,Special to

Ravens cornerback Deion Sanders spent Tuesday's morning workout at McDaniel College as a spectator alongside defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

Sanders was given a regularly scheduled day off after participating in two practices yesterday. He spent the morning yelling instructions to the young defensive backs from the sidelines in street clothes.

"I've got to gauge my body, and I don't want to go three straight, you know two straight take one off," Sanders said. "You know two a day is pretty tough on me."

Billick plans on giving some of the veterans an occasional day off during training camp to keep them fresh. Orlando Brown, who didn't practice yesterday afternoon, is one of the veterans who will be spelled from time to time.

"It's programmed in terms of what he [Deion] was going to do today, went two hard ones yesterday, you saw him rehabbing and training a little bit this morning...and he will be back out tomorrow," coach Brian Billick said.

The secondary didn't miss a beat without Sanders, recording six interceptions including three picks by Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed.

"Looked like the Ed Reed of old. [I] love it," Billick said.

Quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright were inconsistent on their throws and struggled to overcome physical and mental mistakes made by the receivers.

"They've got to be better, they got betrayed a lot by what was going on around them but that can't be an excuse," Billick said. "They've got to make what's around them better."

Mark Clayton, the Ravens' first-round pick and No. 22 overall, missed a third consecutive day of training camp. It remains unknown when he will end his holdout, clearly frustrating the head coach.

"Twenty one's [draft pick] done, [No.] 23's done. You're here if you want to be here. It's clear cut," Billick said.

With Dan Cody out for an indefinite period of time after yesterday's knee sprain, the Ravens may look to the free agent market to add depth at linebacker and continue to leave open the possibility of Peter Boulware returning to the team.

"Peter's a viable option for us, that's really up to Peter," Billick said. "That certainly would be attractive to us but that's got to be something Peter wants as well."

Billick felt the second day of training camp showed plenty of room for improvement.

"Well it's good news, bad news. The good news is my team intercepted. The bad news is my team threw the interceptions," he said.

Notes: Dale Carter ran off the field after being injured during contact drills holding his wrist and did not return. His status is unknown. Clarence Moore left practice early because he felt ill. Billick was unsure if Moore's illness was heat-related. ... Ravens media relations manager Chad Steele doubled as security this morning when a fan walked into the end zone and toward the field claiming he had signed a contract and was on the team. Steele tried to hold the man back from the players until security and Ravens personnel intervened. The man was eventually led away by four policemen.

August 2, 2005, 4:11 PM EDT

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