McGahee won't rush to find rhythm

Running back, Ravens aren't concerned by lack of holes, yards

Pro football

August 25, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

The Ravens' rash of penalties in their last preseason game can be called an aberration.

Their struggles in the running game cannot.

RAVENS@REDSKINS Preseason game, tonight, 8 o'clock, FedEx Field, Landover TV, radio: Chs. 45, 9, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM, 730 AM, 97.9 FM, 92.7 FM

What to watch for

POSITION -- Receiver. With Mark Clayton out with an ankle injury, Demetrius Williams will make his second straight start. But this is the time when Devard Darling and Clarence Moore need to step up. Darling and Moore, both of whom are battling for the No. 4 receiver spot, have combined for five catches for 53 yards this preseason.

VETERAN -- Cornerback David Pittman. The former third-round pick will make his first start, replacing an injured Samari Rolle (ankle). The coaches say Pittman has the ability to be a starter, but he needs to develop confidence.

ROOKIE -- Return specialist Yamon Figurs. His speed has been impressive. The third-round pick is averaging 37 yards on kickoff returns and 7.8 yards on punt returns. Although he won't push out B.J. Sams as the punt returner, Figurs could have a role as a kickoff returner.

ON THE BUBBLE --Linebacker Dennis Haley. After beginning the past two seasons on the practice squad, Haley is making a strong case to survive the final cut this time. He is tied for third on defense with nine solo tackles and is tied for first with four special teams tackles.

INJURY REPORT -- Rolle, Clayton, offensive tackles Jonathan Ogden (toe) and Steve Edwards (knee), outside linebacker Dan Cody (knee), inside linebacker Mike Smith (shoulder), tight end Daniel Wilcox (ankle) and running back P.J. Daniels (hamstring) are out. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee) is not expected to play.

JAMISON HENSLEY

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