Camp Update

Ravens

August 04, 2006|By MIKE PRESTON

BOUNCING BACK

Receiver Devard Darling dropped a possible long touchdown pass at the beginning of practice, but came back with two stellar efforts later, first beating safety Ed Reed for a short touchdown catch, and then later hauling in another touchdown.

AN OMEN

It was a sorry performance by the offensive line during a pass protection drill. Several times, linemen were getting turned in circles trying to pass protect. As a unit, the group looked slow, and few showed any emotion after getting knocked to the ground. If this team is to succeed in 2006, this group has to step up.

BIG HIT

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis still sets the tone in practice. When Mike Anderson took a handoff around the right end, Lewis came from the back side untouched. He found a crease, and then proceeded to put the smack down on Anderson. The hit made enough noise to impress the crowd.

FULLBACK NEEDED

The Ravens have several fullbacks in training camp, but it doesn't appear one has separated himself from the group. Both Ovie Mughelli and Justin Green are decent receivers, but neither is a dynamic lead blocker. The Ravens need bodyguards for running backs Jamal Lewis and Anderson. INJURIES

Receivers Mark Clayton (hamstring), Clarence Moore (sports hernia), Demetrius Williams (hamstring), cornerback David Pittman (strained hamstring) and tight end Bobby Blizzard (lower back) did not practice. Linebacker Dan Cody sprained a ligament in his ankle and is listed as day-to-day. Cornerback Chris McAlister did not practice and was given the day off by coach Brian Billick. It's not unusual for Billick to give veterans a day off during training camp. SCHEDULE

Full team practice from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m, and afternoon walkthrough for younger players from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Afternoon practice is closed to the public.

DAYS TO OPENER

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