More Camp Highlights

August 05, 2009|By Edward Lee

GOOD START ...: : The offense opened a live red-zone drill by scoring on its first three possessions with Flacco tossing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Williams, Smith firing a 20-yard scoring strike to Washington, and running back Ray Rice scoring on a 6-yard rush through the left side.

... BUT A POOR FINISH: : The last three series of that exercise ended with field goals of 37 and 21 yards and Frank Walker's interception of a pass from Smith intended for Harper.

INJURIES: : Wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring), Biren Ealy (unknown) and Thomas White (unknown), linebackers Terrell Suggs (strained left heel) and Antwan Barnes (headaches), defensive tackles Lamar Divens (unknown) and Will Johnson (unknown), rookie tight end Davon Drew (right ankle) and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (right leg) did not practice. Safety Tom Zbikowski appeared to injure his groin after stopping running back Matt Lawrence and was held out of the remainder of the morning session. Cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (arthroscopic knee surgery) remained on the physically-unable-to-perform list and did not practice.

OVERHEARD: : "Sure is nice to get paid, huh, ref?" - Ed Reed, free safety, questioning an official's ruling that Mason had made a juggling catch before falling out of bounds.

Q&A: Rookie defensive end-linebacker Paul Kruger :

The Ravens' second-round pick in April's draft, Kruger uses his 6-foot-4, 265-pound body to bull past blockers and attack opposing quarterbacks. Kruger said his imposing frame also helped open doors and bridge connections with strangers during a two-year mission to Independence, Mo., for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Question: : Weren't you a little intimidating when you approached strangers about sharing the Bible with them?

Answer: : I think being a noticeable person physically is a good thing. Some people are always interested in sports and want to know if you played, how long, what position, what sport. So I definitely think you're able to reach people just based on their interest.

Q: : How would you describe your experience during your mission?

A: : I had an amazing experience. It was a time to serve other people and kind of take the focus off yourself and really just care for the people around you. It was a tremendous experience, and I really enjoyed the learning that came with it. You really learn a lot about life and how people live and what makes them tick. I feel like it's given me a perspective on things.

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