Ravens camp update

Football

August 19, 2005|By Brent Jones

Ravens camp update

Reunion time: It was alumni day for the Ravens, who hosted former defensive linemen Rob Burnett and Michael McCrary in the afternoon practice. Both players were key parts of the record-setting 2000 defense. Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams also attended the session.

More Moore: Clarence Moore followed up a solid practice Wednesday with an even better one yesterday, beating Chris McAlister for touchdowns twice in one-on-one drills, then out-jumping Bill Alford on a fade route for a touchdown during full-team drills. That dropped touchdown pass against the Falcons seems to have lit a fire under the second-year receiver.

Red-zone coverage: The benefit to having so many former Pro Bowl players in the secondary is that once the field shrinks, those players have a greater chance to make plays. The Ravens practiced their red-zone defense and put on an impressive show that yielded no legitimate catches. On the short field, the secondary left little room for quarterbacks to complete passes. The height and speed of McAlister and Samari Rolle limits what teams can do.

Reed raving: Nobody seemed to have a better time than Ed Reed, who playfully waved toward the crowd to make more noise when the defense took to the field. Reed was the first to jump into individual drills, laughed it up with Derrick Mason and seemed determined to make a mundane practice in shorts interesting.

Daily Boller dose: Kyle Boller and Mason connected on a 20-yard corner route for a touchdown, a play that seems destined to find its way into the regular-season game plan. The ball was thrown perfectly over Mason's shoulder to the back corner of the end zone. Of course, on the next play, Boller was intercepted by B.J. Ward on a post route to Moore. Ward continues to have a good camp.

Today's practice: The last open practice begins at 10 a.m. The team will sign autographs afterward.

Injuries: Tight end Todd Heap (ankle and shoulder), running back Musa Smith (leg), end/outside linebacker Dan Cody (knee), receiver Ronald Bellamy (leg), cornerback Deion Sanders (rest) and cornerback Dale Carter (leg) did not practice.

Countdown to season opener: 23 days.

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