Camp Highlights

August 02, 2009|By Edward Lee

REVIEWING THE RECEIVERS: : No one had a very good morning. Demetrius Williams dropped two passes, and Justin Harper also dropped a couple. Marcus Smith dropped a pass and was flagged for pass interference when he pulled on cornerback Frank Walker's jersey before catching a 30-yard bomb from quarterback Troy Smith. Play picked up in the afternoon when Harper made two eye-opening grabs over Walker, Williams ripped away a pass from cornerback Fabian Washington and Mark Clayton caught a perfectly lofted pass from Joe Flacco in the right rear corner of the end zone.

CATCH OF THE DAY: : Williams made a spectacular play when he leaped and came down with a pass from Flacco over cornerback Domonique Foxworth.

PASSING THE BUCK: : Flacco was intercepted twice by strong safety Dawan Landry and almost was picked off by Washington and Chris Carr. Smith was intercepted by safety Haruki Nakamura, and John Beck botched an exchange with center Matt Birk.

GETTING A LEG UP: : Kicker Steven Hauschka went 4-for-5 on field-goal tries during the morning session with a 48-yard attempt missing wide left. Rookie Graham Gano connected on four of six, hooking attempts from 39 and 45 yards.

PLAY OF THE DAY: : Running back Ray Rice showed tremendous field vision when he darted up the middle and bounced out to his right for a significant gain on the first play of full-team drills. Alas, the play was negated by a holding penalty.

INJURIES: : Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (sprained toe) and defensive lineman Will Johnson (right leg) did not practice. Defensive end Trevor Pryce (foot) and wide receiver Marcus Smith (cramping) returned to practice after sitting out Friday's afternoon session, but Smith limped off the field with assistance from a trainer during Saturday afternoon's practice. Offensive tackle Joe Reitz (left knee) was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list. Wide receivers Yamon Figurs (foot) and Kelley Washington (flu), cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder), offensive tackle Adam Terry (arthroscopic knee surgery) and rookie linebacker Jason Phillips (left knee) remained on the PUP and did not practice.

OVERHEARD: : "Don't tiptoe! Run!" - Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron imploring running back Jalen Parmele to hit a hole with authority.

NEXT DAY'S SCHEDULE: : Today's practices begin at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.; both are scheduled to run about two hours.

Q&A Guard Marshal Yanda

Much of Yanda's offseason was devoted to rehabilitating the right knee that he shredded Oct. 12 against the Indianapolis Colts. But the third-round pick in the 2007 draft did get an opportunity to stretch his legs on the water cooler.

Question: : When you tore the anterior, medial and posterior cruciate ligaments in the knee, did you think the injury would end your career?

Answer: : No, I knew I'd be back. I had seen guys have that kind of injury and come back. I talked to Willis [McGahee] and Willis had the same injury. He tore all three - the MCL, the PCL and the ACL - and he said it's just going to feel a little different for the first year. That's just the way it's going to be, and you're going to have to deal with it. I'm wearing a brace, so I really can't feel any difference. When I get in my stance, I feel good. It was really stiff after my first surgery and I was nervous. The surgery was tough, but now, I don't even notice it. I just notice a brace on there and I wore braces in college, so it was no big deal."

Q: : What's the most interesting thing you did during the offseason?

A: : "I went to Leech Lake for walleye fishing. Leech Lake is a lake in northern Minnesota, and I went walleye fishing with my two best friends. Awesome time. Loved it. Walleye is a freshwater fish, a member of the perch family. The biggest one we caught was 30 inches."


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