Camp Update

August 12, 2008|By Edward Lee


The quarterbacks struggled again, with Kyle Boller appearing to make fewer mistakes than Troy Smith and rookie Joe Flacco. Had he not been wearing a red, non-contact jersey, Smith would have been sacked by linebacker Edgar Jones and defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams and was nearly intercepted twice. Flacco committed the lone giveaway. Stepping up into the pocket, Flacco lost control of the ball as his arm was moving forward. Safety Jim Leonhard bobbled it before cornerback Derrick Martin hauled in the ball.


Smith pump-faked a short pass to wide receiver Mark Clayton, enticing cornerback David Pittman to jump the route. Clayton continued down the field and caught a long pass.


The collision between 6-foot, 260-pound fullback Le'Ron McClain and 6-0, 220-pound strong safety Dawan Landry was loud enough to draw gasps from fans watching.


Defensive tackles Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament), Kelly Gregg (left knee) and Kelly Talavou (sprained shoulder); linebackers Dan Cody (right foot), Robert McCune (undisclosed) and rookie Tavares Gooden (undisclosed); cornerbacks Chris McAlister (right knee) and Fabian Washington (undisclosed); offensive tackles Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) and Jared Gaither (right ankle); tight ends Todd Heap (right calf) and Aaron Walker (left knee) and wide receiver Yamon Figurs (undisclosed) did not practice.


If the offensive coaches have chafed at defensive coordinator Rex Ryan's penchant for blitzing, they and coach John Harbaugh aren't saying so. "We have a philosophy that we've always had of throwing it out there and competing. I know [offensive coordinator] Cam [Cameron] feels that way, and Rex feels that way," Harbaugh said. "We all have the same personality and the same mind-set that way."


The morning and afternoon practice sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., respectively, and are scheduled to run about two hours.

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