Moore eager to get on field

Receiver believes he can be factor for team

Ravens Notebook

July 30, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

In a span of a year, receiver Clarence Moore has gone from the starting lineup to the bench to the operating room - twice.

Two hernia surgeries have only added to the frustration for Moore, who has been limited to conditioning drills all offseason while Demetrius Williams and Devard Darling continue to battle for the No. 3 receiver job.

Moore said he still believes he can be a factor for the Ravens once he is able to suit up for training camp.

"They know what I can do for the most part," Moore said. "They know how they can use me and take advantage of my height. It's a matter of me being healthy enough to get back out there and do it."

The Ravens seemed optimistic that Moore could return tomorrow for the team's first contact practice. But Moore, who was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list Friday, isn't as confident about that time frame.

"I don't know. I couldn't tell you," Moore said. "It's a day-to-day process."

Moore, a sixth-round pick in 2004, seemed like the steal of that draft when he made 24 receptions as a rookie and led the Ravens with four touchdown catches.

And despite the team's drafting Mark Clayton in the first round, Moore entered last year's camp as a starter before struggling in the first month of the season. He made only three catches in four games and got benched for the final 12 games.

During that tough time, veterans such as linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Chris McAlister told Moore that he was better than that.

"[Last season] messed with my confidence a little bit," Moore said. "But my teammates were talking me up more than I was. When you're getting that from pro athletes, it's hard for your confidence to stay low for too long. It's easy to get it back."

Sams gets defensive

B.J. Sams is slated to be the Ravens' return specialist for the third straight season, but he is still undergoing a position change.

A reserve running back-receiver for the past two seasons, Sams is trying his hand in the defensive backfield this year. He made an athletic grab yesterday for his first interception of camp.

"For B.J. to be able to help us in a disaster situation - because you know he's going to be the returner - is a huge asset," coach Brian Billick said.

Olson learns playbook

Steve McNair isn't the only Ravens quarterback facing a learning curve. Drew Olson, an undrafted rookie out of UCLA, could only attend one full-team minicamp this spring because his school didn't graduate until June.

Now, Olson is trying to compete for the No. 3 quarterback spot against Brian St. Pierre, who has been in the Ravens' system for nearly a year.

"It's a little catch-up," Olson said. "I would probably have been more comfortable if I was in there during [spring workouts]. That's the way it is. Nothing I can do about it now. All I can do now is work and progress as much as possible."

End zone

Gerome Sapp is getting the first crack at the starting free safety job, working with the first team for most of practice. Sapp was re-acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts on June 19. ... Adam Terry, a second-round pick in 2005, has been practicing with the starters at Jonathan Ogden's left tackle spot. Ogden has not reported to camp because his father died Wednesday. ... The Ravens drew 4,250 fans for yesterday's morning practice, a significant increase from the first day of camp. ... Saturday's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins is free to the public. But parking at FedEx Field is $25 per car.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

Ravens camp update

THUMBS UP

Steve McNair connected with Derrick Mason and Brian Bratton on deep touchdown throws.

Defensive backs B.J. Sams and Evan Oglesby showed good hands in making interceptions.

THUMBS DOWN

After cornerback Corey Ivy got beat for the second touchdown, secondary coach Dennis Thurman yelled out angrily, "We got to end this ... now."

Cory Ross, who is competing for the return specialist job, dropped a punt.

BILLICK BANTER

After catching flak for ending Friday's news conference early, coach Brian Billick jokingly walked by reporters, saying, "If you thought yesterday's was short, watch this one." Billick came back to answer all questions.

QUOTABLE

"We have a chance to show up healthy, fresh and ready to start very aggressive and very physical."

Billick on his team's progression heading into training camp's first contact practice tomorrow INJURIES

Cornerback David Pittman, the team's third-round draft pick, tweaked his hamstring and did not practice. ... Running back Jamal Lewis (hip) and receiver Clarence Moore (hernia) remained on the physically-unable-to-perform list. SCHEDULE

The Ravens are off today.

DAYS TO SEASON OPENER

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[JAMISON HENSLEY]

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