Camp Update

August 06, 2008|By DON MARKUS

QUARTERBACK DERBY

Kyle Boller was named the starter for tomorrow night's preseason opener against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., but that was more a case of previous experience than execution during training camp. Boller was steady yesterday and had a couple of deep passes dropped, but Troy Smith continues to make more big plays, including a 60-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Kerry Reed. Rookie Joe Flacco is still up and down and had one pass tipped at the line of scrimmage that drew the ire of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Aside from Reed's catch, on which he controlled the ball after tipping it away from cornerback David Pittman, the best play was by wide receiver Marcus Smith. Though the rookie from New Mexico, the team's fourth-round pick, still drops passes that look relatively easy to catch, he made a nice sliding grab on a low throw from Boller.

WHERE'S WILLIS?

It has been a few days since Willis McGahee even made it to the practice field, and his absence has fueled concern about the status of his left knee. Coach John Harbaugh said after yesterday's workout that McGahee would be out about a week but he might make a quicker recovery if Ray Rice has a big debut against the Patriots. Rice will start against New England.

HARBAUGH SAYS

On his first game as a head coach: "I expect not to know what to expect and how it's going to be like. You talk about rookies and how they're going to respond. I'm interested in how I'm going to respond."

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I CAN'T LOOK AT IT THAT WAY. I JUST GO OUT THERE AND PLAY FOOTBALL. I CAN'T PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON MYSELF TO SAY I HAVE TO BE PERFECT ON EVERY PLAY. I HOPE I AM, BUT IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG, IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD."

Boller, on whether he feels pressure to impress tomorrow night.

MCDANIEL BREAK

The Ravens will take a three-day break from Westminster, with a walk-through scheduled in Owings Mills today that is closed to the public and the media, followed by the game in Foxborough tomorrow and a day off Friday. The Ravens return to McDaniel College on Saturday with a regular 8:45 a.m. practice and a 2 p.m. special teams session.

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