Camp Update

August 13, 2008|By Edward Lee

QUARTERBACK DERBY

Kyle Boller connected on eight of his first nine passes during full-team drills. But he gave it all back during a one-minute drill when safety Jim Leonhard stepped in front of a pass intended for wide receiver Matt Willis on a slant pattern and took off down the left sideline. Troy Smith was worse. He threw a low pass to wide receiver Derrick Mason behind the line of scrimmage, and when Mason couldn't corral the throw, cornerback Corey Ivy pounced on the loose ball. During the one-minute drill, Smith fired a deep post pass to rookie wide receiver Marcus Smith, but free safety Ed Reed intercepted the ball and returned it 40 yards into the end zone. Smith did make amends later by connecting with rookie wide receiver Justin Harper for a touchdown. Rookie Joe Flacco fared better. Under Flacco, the offense marched down the field during the one-minute drill and scored when Flacco found Mason at the 5-yard line.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Flacco has a tendency to put some zing on his passes. That made wide receiver Mark Clayton's two-handed, leaping grab in the middle of nickel coverage even more eye-opening.

HIT OF THE DAY

Running back Alex Haynes took the handoff and disappeared into the line of scrimmage. But Haynes was caromed back and to the turf by defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams.

INJURIES

Offensive tackles Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) and Jared Gaither (right ankle), cornerbacks Chris McAlister (swollen right knee), David Pittman (undisclosed) and Fabian Washington (neck spasms), tight ends Todd Heap (right calf) and Aaron Walker (left knee), linebacker Robert McCune (right leg) and rookie wide receiver Patrick Carter (dislocated shoulder) watched from the sidelines. Absent players included linebackers Gary Stills (knee), Dan Cody (right foot) and rookie Tavares Gooden (hip), defensive tackles Kelly Gregg (knee surgery) and Kelly Talavou (sprained shoulder), and running back Willis McGahee (knee surgery).

BEST QUOTE

"WE'RE LIGHT OUT HERE, DAWG." Linebacker Bart Scott, inviting former Raven Cornell Brown to practice. Brown replied, "I'll just watch."

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