Camp Update

July 23, 2008

QUARTERBACK DERBY

Neither Kyle Boller nor rookie Joe Flacco stood out yesterday, but that's because Troy Smith stole the spotlight with a rocky start. Three of his five passes were intercepted, and his first snap during red-zone drills resulted in a botched snap between him and rookie guard Adam Kraus. Flacco did thread a post pass away from the diving reach of linebacker Jameel McClain to wide receiver Patrick Carter.

PLAY OF THE DAY, PART 1

Rookie safety Haruki Nakamura contributed to Smith's final interception when Nakamura dislodged the ball from wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright in the end zone. Fellow safety Tom Zbikowski collected the ball before it fell to the turf.

PLAY OF THE DAY, PART 2

Secondary coach Chuck Pagano didn't look 47 years old when he lined up as a cornerback and intercepted Smith's pass along the left sideline. Pagano began to run before lateraling the ball and avoiding a tackle.

Injury report

Smith appeared to have injured his right thigh, which had to be taped during the afternoon practice session. The injury did not appear to be serious.

HARBAUGH SAYS

Former coach Brian Billick rallied the team around a theme or slogan, but not Harbaugh. "No, there are no slogans," he said. "I think it's just, 'Let's get as good as we can get. Let's be as good a football team as we can be.' "

BEST QUOTE

"Well, I was a corner in high school, so I ain't that bad."

Defensive end Trevor Pryce on lining up as a cornerback during 7-on-7 drills because Nakamura and Zbikowski are the only defensive backs in camp thus far.

Training camp today

@McDaniel College; veterans report; 8:45 a.m. (no veterans), 3:30 p.m. (no veterans)

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