Camp update



August 05, 2005|By Mike Preston

Camp update

New attitude: So far, not much out of cornerback Chris McAlister. He has been quiet off the field, but impressive on it. Yesterday, he knocked away two possible touchdown passes. Word has it that McAlister wants to redeem himself for last season, when he played below his standards.

Stellar linebackers: The linebackers have been wearing out the offensive players in practice, especially lead blockers on running plays. Linebacker Bart Scott took care of tight end Trent Smith early in practice, stuffing him 3 yards in the backfield. Weakside linebacker Tommy Polley, not known for being physical, crushed fullback Ovie Mughelli in a short-yardage situation a few plays later. Ray Lewis finished off the day by delivering a crushing forearm and uppercut to ball carrier Tellis Redmon during the final period of the practice.

Sweet connection: Quarterback Kyle Boller and receiver Derrick Mason seem to have their rhythm down on the out pattern to the far side of the field. Boller throws it high and hard, where it can't be intercepted, and it's an automatic 5 yards every time they complete the pass.

Knocked out: Running back Chester Taylor had to leave practice because of heat exhaustion, and defensive lineman Kelly Gregg left early with an elbow injury. Cornerback Samari Rolle and running back Alex Haynes missed repetitions because of a few "nicks and bruises." The hardest worker at training camp was trainer Bill Tessendorf.

No crazy legs: Rookie quarterback Derek Anderson, 6 feet 6 and 245 pounds, has shown some promise with his arm strength, but he's definitely a pocket passer. Anderson had to pull the ball down and run from inside the 10-yard line to the end zone.

Quotable: Offensive tackle Orlando Brown said he wasn't involved in an altercation with Scott on Wednesday as previously reported, but stepped in as a peacemaker. Within seconds, he was ready to punch Scott. "Bart's helmet was pulled down over his face. If it wasn't, I would have knocked his butt out," said Brown after practice yesterday morning. "A man should at least be able to see your face before you hit him."

Injuries: Tight end Todd Heap (ankle and shoulder), running back Musa Smith (leg), end/outside linebacker Dan Cody (knee) and returner B.J. Sams (leg) did not practice.

Today's schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The second session is at the Owings Mills indoor facility and closed to the public.

Countdown to season opener: 37 days.

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