Williams burns 'Skins defense

Receiver catches 3 for 38 yards

tight hamstring sidelines Moore

Scrimmage Notebook

August 05, 2007|By Edward Lee and Patrick Gutierrez | Edward Lee and Patrick Gutierrez,Sun reporters

After yesterday's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens wide receiver Demetrius Williams acknowledged feeling slightly dazed by the heat.

He had a similar effect on the Redskins' defense.

The second-year receiver caught three passes for 38 yards during the Ravens' first 11-on-11 series against the Redskins' first-team defense, contributing to a 22-yard field goal by Matt Stover.

Williams caught a 14-yard pass from quarterback Steve McNair and had catches of 18 and 6 yards from quarterback Kyle Boller. Boller also targeted Williams on two plays in the end zone.

"When you've got two great quarterbacks like them, and they're looking at you and depending on you to make a play for them ... it definitely makes it a lot easier," Williams said.

Williams caught 22 passes for 396 yards and scored twice in his rookie season, but his coaches and teammates are hoping he plays a bigger role this season.

"We all saw what Demetrius could do last year, and he needs to build on that," coach Brian Billick said.

Williams said his comfort level within the Ravens' offense has grown. "I'm a little bit more comfortable, especially with this training camp," he said.

Sitting out

Wide receiver Clarence Moore was a surprise inactive for the Ravens yesterday.

Moore, who had practiced all week, said he felt his left hamstring tighten up during warm-ups yesterday.

"I'd rather just get back to training on Monday and get ready for the preseason game against the Eagles [on Aug. 13]," Moore said.

Besides Moore, offensive tackles Jonathan Ogden (turf toe) and Mike Kracalik (sprained ankle), defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (right thigh bruise), guard Ben Grubbs (right knee sprain), linebackers Mike Smith (shoulder surgery), Dan Cody (knee surgery) and Antwan Barnes (right ankle sprain), and fullback Justin Green (knee surgery) did not participate in yesterday's scrimmage.

Seven Redskins were also sidelined by injuries. They were running back Clinton Portis (knee), offensive tackle Chris Samuels (knee), wide receiver Mike Espy (knee), cornerback Jerametrius Butler (hamstring), tight end Tyler Ecker (groin), linebacker Dallas Sartz (hamstring) and fullback Pete Schmitt (shoulder).

Hot and hazy

Billick and Redskins coach Joe Gibbs agreed to cut out the final series of 11-on-11 drills because of the hazy, hot conditions, which included temperatures of up to 141 degrees on the field, according to team officials.

"We decided that when we got started," Billick said. " ... I think we got everybody the work that we needed to."

Said Boller: "It was really hot. Us quarterbacks didn't have to do too much, but I feel for those big guys down there in the trenches."

Running feud

Ravens wide receiver Devard Darling and Redskins safety Sean Taylor tangled with each other on a few plays during an 11-on-11 series. The tensions led to Darling's ripping off Taylor's helmet.

Darling said the feud began two years ago when Taylor decked Darling after the receiver caught a slant pass during a seven-on-seven passing drill.

"I've been waiting years to get him back," Darling said. "If he wants to be physical, I can get physical. That's my game."

Rookie gets sack

Rookie linebacker Edgar Jones made a splash in his first action in the NFL when he came off the left edge on a speed rush and got to Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell before he could release the ball. Because the defense was not allowed to hit the quarterback, the referee whistled the play dead and credited Jones with the sack.

The undrafted free agent, who led the former Division I-AA in sacks (12) last season while playing for Southeast Missouri State, said he was pleased with his performance.

"It felt good, getting a sack in front of all those fans," said Jones, who added that he also made a couple of mistakes during the scrimmage. "Just hearing the fans and playing against the Redskins, it was a pretty good experience."

Backup gets TD

Backup running back P.J. Daniels scored the Ravens' only touchdown yesterday, right after an unnecessary roughness penalty put the ball inside the 1-yard line.

After a completion from Boller to rookie wide receiver Matt Willis, Redskins defensive back John Eubanks shoved Willis after the play was dead, drawing the flag and setting up Daniels' score.

The second-year back took the handoff from Boller and was initially stopped at the line of scrimmage but managed to string the play along the right side until he found a path into the end zone. It was his first touchdown as a Raven.

End zone

The Ravens sold 4,000 walk-up tickets to yesterday's scrimmage. ... All five Redskins quarterbacks wore yellow jerseys to designate their no-tackle status.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

patrick.gutierrez@baltsun.com

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