Terry's game shows growth

He is getting time at left tackle

J. Lewis practices for first time

Notebook

August 01, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

Adam Terry, the Ravens' second-round draft pick in 2005, has always been a big offensive lineman, but the 23-year-old said he feels stronger this summer after losing 15 pounds from his listed playing weight of 330 pounds as a rookie.

"I feel like I'm back where I was coming out of college," the 6-foot-8, 315-pound Terry said. "I gained a little bit of weight to fit the whole persona of `bigger is better,' but to me, it wasn't. I'm not a Jonathan [Ogden, the nine-time Pro Bowl tackle who is 6-9 and 345 pounds] where I can play at 345 and move gracefully. That's something that's going to be a gradual process."

Terry's strides have not gone unnoticed by the Ravens' coaching staff, which has tapped Terry for the left tackle position usually occupied by Ogden. Ogden has missed the first three days of training camp to mourn the death of his father, Sherrill, who died Wednesday.

"Adam's playing stronger right now whether it's been his strength development or his ability to apply his techniques a little bit better," offensive line coach Chris Foerster said. "We'll see as time goes on, but one of the big things he had to improve upon was playing with a bit more strength. He's a tall, angular guy that sometimes has trouble playing with power. But he's done a nice job so far."

Terry played in seven games last season, at times replacing Ogden. While Terry filled in admirably for a rookie trying to find his comfort level in the NFL, he is still pained by the memory of allowing two sacks in a 16-15 win against the Houston Texans on Dec. 4.

"That's still something that's in the back of my mind," he said. "Granted, I was a rookie, and I can use that as a crutch, but that's not something I want to do. The standard around here is Jonathan, a nine-time Pro Bowler. If that's the standard, that's what you have to live up to. [Right tackle] Tony [Pashos] and I are working real hard to try to get into that elite group. Whether or not we do, that's an everyday thing that we have to do."

J. Lewis practices

Running back Jamal Lewis ended his two-day stint on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list by practicing yesterday afternoon.

Lewis, who had been slowed by a strained left hip flexor, missed the morning session, but participated in the afternoon.

Wide receiver Clarence Moore, who is recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, remained on the PUP list, and coach Brian Billick said Moore's return depends on the recommendation of the trainers.

Linebacker Ray Lewis attended the afternoon session, but did not participate, while wide receiver Mark Clayton had ice wrapped around his left leg.

Tight end Bobby Blizzard (strained back) had to leave midway through the morning practice and could miss a few days. Running back Cory Ross (strained right hamstring) was sidelined for the entire day, but he is listed day-to-day.

Hot stuff

With the heat index hovering around the 100-degree mark until Thursday, team officials elected to move the morning practice sessions up to 8:15 a.m. from 8:45 a.m. until Thursday.

In the afternoon, the team brought in large fans to blow water at players and coaches.

Asked if the heat was a concern, Billick joked: "I accused the players of hacking into my computer and telling me that it was hotter than it was and getting me to move it up. But it's coming. So we're going to adjust to it."

Payday for Reed

Ed Reed talked to local media for the first time since agreeing to a six-year contract extension in June that makes him the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

The deal reportedly included $15 million to $16 million in guaranteed money and paid Reed more than $6.5 million a season, topping the $5 million yearly total Adam Archuleta received after being lured by the Washington Redskins in March.

Reed said the lucrative contract has not changed him, adding, "Money doesn't define me. It never did, it never will. I'm a football player, and I go ahead with that. We need certain things to survive. That's just something that was added to me. It was a blessing first and foremost, and I thank the Ravens for that."

End zone

Billick said that Ogden could return as early as this week. "We'll certainly deal with that and put a plan together for Jonathan when it's time," Billick said. ... Samuel Gutekunst, a two-year veteran of NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy, has been working with the team.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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