Camp Highlights

Ravens

August 06, 2009|By Edward Lee

DEFENSE GETS THE UPPER HAND: Even with Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Trevor Pryce and Kelly Gregg getting the morning off because they are 30 or older, the defense recorded three interceptions (two by rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb) and limited the offense to five field goals in eight possessions beginning inside the 35-yard line.

OFFENSE HAD ITS MOMENTS: The news wasn't all that bad as quarterback Joe Flacco floated a perfectly placed pass to tight end Todd Heap for a 27-yard touchdown, and quarterback John Beck connected on a 25-yard strike with Justin Harper.

HARPING ON HARPER: Speaking of the wide receiver, he drew the ire of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron by not properly executing a block on a swing pass to running back Ray Rice. But Harper made amends by catching the touchdown pass.

MY FAULT: During a short defensive walk-through, secondary coach Chuck Pagano tossed the football back to an intern at the line of scrimmage - only to hit linebacker Tavares Gooden in the head.

GETTING A LEG UP: With rookie Graham Gano getting the morning off, kicker Steve Hauschka connected on all 14 of his field-goal attempts, including converting from 44, 49, 50 and 56 yards.

BEEFING UP KICKOFF COVERAGE: During a special teams drill, Haloti Ngata (345 pounds), Jared Gaither (340) and Oniel Cousins (314) lined up in kickoff coverage. They were joined by Flacco (235) and Pagano (weight unknown).

INJURIES: Wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring) and Biren Ealy (unknown), cornerbacks Fabian Washington (tendinitis) and Evan Oglesby (concussion), linebacker Terrell Suggs (strained left heel), and defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip) did not practice. Linebacker Antwan Barnes (headaches), safety Tom Zbikowski (groin), defensive lineman Will Johnson (right leg), rookie tight end Davon Drew (right ankle) and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (right leg) returned to practice. Cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder) remained on the physically-unable-to-perform list and did not practice. Offensive tackle Adam Terry (arthroscopic knee surgery) was placed on injured reserve.

OVERHEARD: "Don't give that man a Christmas gift. Make him earn it." - Marcus Smith, wide receiver, after Webb intercepted a pass from Beck intended for Harper in the end zone

Q&A: Wide receiver Kelley Washington

Washington signed with the Ravens as a free agent in the offseason after spending his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and the past two with the New England Patriots. Besides Baltimore, his other offseason stop was a little island in the Caribbean.

Question: : Has the transition to the Ravens been easy for you?

Answer: : It's definitely not easy. Everybody has their own playbook, the way they call plays, but that's what camp is all about. You come out here and practice and make mistakes. You're going to do some good and you're going to do some bad, but you want to do more good than bad. That's what camp is all about, and that's what being a professional is all about.

Q: : What's the best place you visited during the offseason?

A: : The best place would definitely be Aruba. It's a very calm atmosphere. It's one of the most peaceful places in the world. The whole time I was there - it was five days - I didn't see one cop. I tried snorkeling for the first time, and it was just a great feeling to be under water and see the fish. We took a lot of pictures, and it was a good experience.

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