Camp Update


August 02, 2008|By Don Markus


It was an interesting day, with Troy Smith missing more than the first hour of the morning practice while being drug-tested. Neither Kyle Boller nor rookie Joe Flacco took advantage of the extra work until Smith arrived. Boller got picked off twice by Ray Lewis - one went through tight end Todd Heap's hands - and Flacco watched as Chris McAlister stepped in front of one of his intended targets. McAlister would have had a 30-yard uncontested touchdown if it were a real game. Playing only in a couple of seven-on-seven drills and one full-team drill, Smith looked sharp, connecting on two throws in tight space to Derrick Mason and nearly hooking up with Yamon Figurs for a 60-yard touchdown in the end zone that the second-year receiver bobbled twice and ultimately dropped.


Aside from Lewis intercepting a pass by Boller in a red-zone drill and McAlister's interception, rookie safety Haruki Nakamura made two plays in the end zone in one-on-one coverage against Heap. On successive throws, Nakamura tipped a ball out of Heap's hands as both went horizontal for the ball, then batted away another ball from Heap in the corner of the end zone.


At a camp that is supposed to be more physical than in the past, new coach John Harbaugh has seemingly toned things down a little this week to preserve his already thinning roster. As a result, there's not much hitting, but reserve linebacker Nick Greisen got in a pretty good lick on running back Allen Patrick near the goal line to prevent the rookie from Oklahoma from getting into the end zone.


Wide receiver Mark Clayton, who came out of practice and was seen later with his right arm in a sling, acknowledged that he had some sort of shoulder injury.


"No. That's funny. I actually said: 'Gosh, you look really good. We need tackles. My guess is if we'd have asked, he would have suited up.' " On whether he tried to recruit Orlando Brown after Zeus showed up at practice.


"DEFENSE A LOT, OFFENSE NOTHING." Ravens fan Russ LeBlanc of New Freedom, Pa., when asked by his 6-year-old son, Adam, what the score was more than halfway through the scrimmage.

Training camp today

The Ravens will have practice today at McDaniel College in Westminster at 8:45 a.m. and again at 2:45 p.m., with both sessions lasting between two and 2 1/2 hours.

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