Figurs working hard, filling void

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Wide receiver getting more plays and making impact after Williams' injury

November 14, 2008|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

Every practice, wide receiver Yamon Figurs works under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Sometimes that means Figurs is the target of more criticism, but he said he knows it is constructive.

"Every day, he's on me in practice about getting better," Figurs said. "I'm catching the balls and looking them in and doing all of the other stuff right."

Those results might have influenced Cameron's prediction a week ago that Figurs would help fill the void left by the season-ending left ankle injury to Demetrius Williams. Said Cameron at the time, "I'll be shocked if he's not the next guy to really make an impact for us."

Figurs validated his coach's prediction by hauling in a 43-yard touchdown pass Sunday in the Ravens' 41-13 win over the Houston Texans.

"You never know," Cameron said yesterday. "But you factor in the game plan, and then you basically tell him, 'Hey, we're going to push the ball to you,' and he [almost] had a couple more. That could have been one of those games where he got behind them two or three times. The game plan was kind of set up that way, but you see it in practice. I'm not a guy that really calls plays in the game and hasn't worked on them in practice. So you kind of start to feel good about things based on the way they look in practice."

Figurs could get even more opportunities Sunday when the Ravens visit the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Derrick Mason is not expected to practice this week because of a dislocated left shoulder, and coach John Harbaugh said whether the team's leading receiver would play would be a game-time decision. During practice yesterday, Figurs lined up opposite fellow wide receiver Mark Clayton on the first offense. Figurs said he hopes to make a contribution or two to the team's passing attack on Sunday.

"This is what I do, play football and play wide receiver and kickoff returns and punt returns," he said. "As a receiver, I'm in there and I'm in the mix."

Injury update

For the second consecutive day, Mason, offensive tackle Willie Anderson (sprained left ankle) and wide receiver Terrance Copper (shoulder/neck) did not practice.

Cameron would not rule out Mason, saying: "He is one of the toughest guys I've been around. You saw what he did in the second half the other day. I don't think there's anything that Derrick could do that would surprise me from a health standpoint."

Free safety Ed Reed (hamstring), cornerback Samari Rolle (neck surgery) and tight end Daniel Wilcox (hamstring) were limited in practice. Reed did not practice Wednesday.

The Giants' top cornerback, Corey Webster, missed practice for the second consecutive day because of a strained groin. Starting strong safety James Butler (knee) was limited.

End zone

Former Ravens coach and current Fox network NFL analyst Brian Billick said he has not considered becoming the Detroit Lions' head coach or general manager. "I have a day job that I'm focusing on," he said during a conference call Wednesday with reporters who cover the Lions. "Out of respect for the situation, for me to comment on an interest or lack of interest in any job that currently has a coach is inappropriate. Those things will take care of [themselves] after the season. Right now, I'm staying focused on my day job." ... Linebacker Ray Lewis was named the NFL.com Defensive Player of the Week for his eight-tackle, two-interception performance in Sunday's victory over the Texans. Lewis won a majority of fan voting on the Web site over Miami Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell, New York Jets safety Abram Elam, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. ... Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg twice declined to describe rookie kicker Steve Hauschka's range, saying, "I know, but I can't tell you because I don't want [opponents] to know."

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