Camp update

August 11, 2005|By Mike Preston

Slow start: Running back Jamal Lewis was used sparingly throughout his first practice. He showed acceleration and the ability to cut at times, but a limp was clearly noticeable when he walked. Lewis had offseason ankle surgery.

No. 1: Receiver Mark Clayton got more work yesterday, his third full day with the team. Clayton caught two long, lofty touchdown passes from quarterback Kyle Boller, one over Deion Sanders and the other over Will Demps. His best catch, though, was on a short comeback route. Cornerback Jamaine Winborne jumped the route, and had his hands on the pass, but Clayton snatched it for a reception and avoided a turnover.

Getting the boot: Rhys Lloyd was expected to handle the kickoff duties, but Jesse Ohliger, who also punts, is challenging him. One will stay, one will go. Ohliger hit one kickoff deep into the end zone, so deep that it drew applause from the crowd.

Rest assured: Sanders has had three days off, and cornerbacks Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister have also had a day or two off. Linebacker Ray Lewis joined the brigade yesterday, and you can't argue this one. He plays hard every snap in every game.

Top threat: Wide receiver Patrick Johnson returned a lot of kickoffs yesterday. He has played well as a receiver, but he needs to be able to return kicks to ensure a spot on the roster. Johnson says he expects to be the top return guy on the kickoff team Saturday against the Falcons.

Turning some heads: Defensive back B.J. Ward, a rookie out of Florida State, was signed late by the Ravens, but he made quite an impression yesterday. Twice he had jarring hits, and he also intercepted a bobbled pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

Down, but not out: Every time it seems second-year receiver Devard Darling is falling down the list, he comes up with a big reception, such as the 20-yarder he caught across the middle for a touchdown yesterday.

Quotable: Defensive end/outside linebacker Terrell Suggs made the Pro Bowl last year, but there is one offensive tackle he can't handle. Sometimes, Jonathan Ogden just toys with him on pass protection in practice: "There are other tackles on his level, but none as good. Very seldom does he take a wrong step. Very seldom is he out of position."

Today's practice: Special teams begin at 1:30 p.m. Regular practice is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Injuries: Tight end Todd Heap (ankle and shoulder), running back Musa Smith (leg), end/outside linebacker Dan Cody (knee), cornerback Dale Carter (leg) and Adalius Thomas (knee) did not practice.

Countdown to season opener: 31 days.

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