Ravens Central

Big moves from Ngata

August 07, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Haloti Ngata is going to be a terror this year, but he's got to contain himself in training camp.

After bowling over left guard Jason Brown, Ngata accidentally rolled into Steve McNair and brought the starting quarterback to the ground. McNair wasn't hurt, but you never want to see the starting quarterback on the ground or even touched by a 340-pound lineman.

Still, it's hard to deny the sheer athleticism of Ngata. How many defensive tackles are dropping back like middle linebackers these days? In a couple of team drills, Ngata has lined up as a defensive tackle and then stepped back like a linebacker. It's amazing to think there were some analysts criticizing the pick of Ngata on draft day 16 months ago.

Although the team hasn't officially announced it, fullback Justin Green and offensive tackle Mike Kracalik have been activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list. Green (knee) and Kracalik (ankle) both participated in practice.

That means the only players still on the PUP list are offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (toe), and linebackers Mike Smith (shoulder) and Dan Cody (knee).

Outside linebacker Antwan Barnes (ankle), who missed the scrimmage because of injury, also returned to practice. Defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (thigh bruise) did not participate in team drills.

Coach Brian Billick voiced his displeasure over the offense having a subpar practice and failing to follow up a solid scrimmage.

Perhaps as punishment, the Ravens practiced 18 minutes longer than they were scheduled to. Next time, Billick should threaten to take their PlayStations from the hotel.

The Ravens closed yesterday morning's practice as they hosted some VIPs. There was a noticeable noise drop-off compared to a typical camp practice. It sounded eerily like a baseball game at Camden Yards.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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