Camp Update

August 17, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Things to watch

Position: Punter. Neither veteran Leo Araguz nor rookie Sam Koch was impressive in the preseason opener, combining to average 34.5 yards on six punts. It feels like the Ravens are waiting for Koch, a sixth-round pick, to step up and take the job.

Veteran: Quarterback Steve McNair. It's going to be tough for McNair to top his debut when he went 4-for-5 for 45 yards and ran in a 6-yard touchdown. McNair is scheduled to go the entire first half.

Rookie: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The first-round pick makes his Ravens debut after missing the opener with a sprained knee. Ngata has impressed team officials with his ability to move despite weighing 340 pounds.

On the bubble: Running back Cory Ross. The shortest Raven (5 feet 6) has to make an impact as a returner to stick. The former University of Nebraska back returned a punt 17 yards in the preseason opener.

Injury report: Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (personal reasons) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and will not play. ... Offensive lineman Brian Rimpf (hamstring), safety B.J. Ward (head), tight end Rob Abiamiri (groin) and wide receiver Matt Cherry (shoulder) will not play. Free safety Steve Paris (groin) is a game-time decision.

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