Moore reaching out in bid to spark offense

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Jump-ball ability could land him No. 3 receiver role

August 30, 2006|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun Reporter

Barely two weeks removed from taking part in his first practice since undergoing an operation to repair a sports hernia, Ravens wide receiver Clarence Moore said that he's not 100 percent.

"I'm at 140 percent," he said. "I really honestly feel like that. Obviously, you play through injuries all the time, but I definitely feel better than I have in a long time."

Activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list 16 days ago, Moore looked rejuvenated against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night in his first preseason playing time. Moore's jump ball-type receptions of 44 and 16 yards contributed to the Ravens' only scoring drive.

Moore's performance that night was one of the few highlights in the team's 30-7 loss to Minnesota.

"What he did the other night is what Clarence can bring to us, and we need to expand on that," coach Brian Billick said.

The team's receiving leader in touchdowns as a rookie two years ago, Moore is competing with Devard Darling and rookie Demetrius Williams to be the No. 3 receiver behind starters Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton.

Moore's best value, however, could come in the red zone, where he can use his 6-foot-6 frame to stretch over smaller defensive backs and grab passes. Moore's presence could help the Ravens' first-team offense, which has failed to score a touchdown in its past three trips inside opponents' 20-yard line this preseason.

"We all know that anything can happen in this league," he said. "Even if it's not the [No. 3 position], even if it's that red-zone guy or that deep-ball guy, I just want to play a role in this offense to help us win."

Moore's best catch was the 16-yard alley-oop from quarterback Kyle Boller. Moore grabbed it with just his left hand to put the Ravens at the 2-yard line.

"I practice one-handed catches all the time," Moore said with a smile. "That was nice."

J. Lewis possible?

Running back Jamal Lewis (strained left hip flexor) isn't scheduled to play in tomorrow night's preseason finale against the Washington Redskins, but Billick said he would keep his options open.

Meanwhile, linebacker Ray Lewis said he has not experienced any setbacks with the surgically repaired right hamstring that sidelined him for the final 10 games of last season.

"I feel good," Lewis said. "I haven't had no tweaks or anything. I feel good running around."

No complaints

If running back Mike Anderson is frustrated about a perceived lack of playing time, he's not complaining about it.

The former Denver Bronco, who rushed for 1,014 yards and 12 touchdowns last season before joining the Ravens as a free agent, has three fewer carries than rookie P.J. Daniels' team-high 18 and just one more than rookie Cory Ross.

"I might not have gotten them [reps] as far as preseason games, but I got a ton of them in practices," said Anderson, whose 36 yards rank fifth on the team. "You take the opportunities as they come. And for me, with the depth and the way things have been going, I take advantage of them when I'm out there on that practice field."

Good arrangement

Tomorrow's contest marks the second straight year that the Ravens and Redskins have played a scrimmage and a game in the preseason.

Although he would prefer the teams splitting as hosts for the preseason meetings rather than the current arrangement in which one organization hosts both, Billick said he enjoys the annual matchups.

"I don't understand why we wouldn't make that permanent and finish the preseason with one another every year," Billick said. "It just makes too much sense; therefore it probably won't happen."

Two placed on IR

The Ravens reached the league-mandated 75-player limit by placing safety B.J. Ward and wide receiver Matt Cherry on the injured reserve list, effectively ending their seasons.

Ward has been suffering from migraines that have made him sensitive to light and noise. Cherry has been bothered by an injured shoulder.

Safety Gerome Sapp (intestinal infection) and guard Brian Rimpf (hamstring) did not practice yesterday.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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