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RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Ravens Notebook

Ravens Vs. Redskins

September 01, 2006|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun reporter

LANDOVER -- Keydrick Vincent and Tony Pashos might have a case for filing for overtime pay.

While the majority of the first-team offense played just the first two series of last night's 17-10 preseason victory over the host Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, starters Vincent, the right guard, and Pashos, the right tackle, participated in two more possessions.

After the game, neither player seemed bothered by the coaching staff's decision to send them in with quarterback Kyle Boller and the second-team unit.

"Evidently, they wanted us in there," Vincent said. "No problem. And we just tried to get the job done."

Added Pashos: "I was really happy with it because it's more work and more of a chance to refine some things. So I was happy. I'm fine with it."

With nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden and eight-year guard Edwin Mulitalo on the left side of the line, a significant amount of attention has been paid to the right side, which is not considered as strong as the left.

There's been some talk that the Ravens should try 2005 draft picks Jason Brown at right guard and Adam Terry at right tackle, but Vincent started 23 games in his final two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Pashos impressed the coaching staff with his offseason conditioning.

Mason, McAlister scratched

Wide receiver Derrick Mason (knee bruise), cornerback Chris McAlister (sore thigh), running back Jamal Lewis (hip flexor), safety Gerome Sapp (intestinal infection) and guard Brian Rimpf (hamstring) were game-day scratches for the Ravens.

Both Mason and McAlister were surprises as neither was reported to be battling any sort of injury earlier this week.

Fullback Justin Green (sprained medial collateral ligament), wide receiver Clarence Moore (sprained knee), linebacker Mike Smith (sprained knee) and defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (sore hip flexor) were injured during the game.

While none of the injuries are considered serious, team spokesman Kevin Byrne said Green could undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his right knee sometime this weekend.

Williams makes bid

First, it was Devard Darling. Last week, it was Clarence Moore's turn. Last night, rookie Demetrius Williams turned in his bid to be the team's No. 3 wide receiver.

Williams turned a four-yard dump-off from Boller in the second quarter into a 29-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 1 minute, 51 seconds left in the half.

"I think I came in just to play the best I could play," said Williams, who finished with three catches for 55 yards but had a 77-yard touchdown reception negated by a holding penalty on tight end Bobby Blizzard. "I wasn't trying to battle and all of that stuff. I just tried to do whatever Coach tells us to do and just make plays when the plays came to me."

St. Pierre, Olson get time

Quarterbacks Brian St. Pierre and Drew Olson alternated possessions during the second half of last night's game.

Olson, an undrafted rookie from UCLA, completed four of eight passes for 38 yards and led the Ravens on a fourth-quarter drive that ended in an Aaron Elling 42-yard field goal. Meanwhile, St. Pierre went one of four for 8 yards with one scramble for 10 yards.

"It felt good to get out there and play some football again," said Olson, who had thrown just two passes before last night. "After kind of watching three games, it was nice to get out there and take the team down on a drive and get three points."

Anderson gets start

Running back Mike Anderson started in place of Lewis and carried the ball nine times for 26 yards and also caught two passes for 11 yards. Musa Smith rushed for 11 yards on four attempts and hauled in one reception for 8 yards. ... Rookie Sam Koch averaged 52.2 yards on four punts, while Leo Araguz averaged 34 yards on three punts. Said Billick of Koch, who also handled three kickoffs: "He's consistently shown a lot. The ability to do both is a big asset." ... Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder greeted each other before the game with hugs.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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