Camp Highlights


August 08, 2009|By Edward Lee

SACK-HAPPY DEFENSE: : The absence of left tackle Jared Gaither and left guard Ben Grubbs was telling as the pass rush flooded the pocket early and often. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and linebacker William VanDeSteeg each recorded sacks, and strong safety Dawan Landry touched quarterback Joe Flacco in the end zone for a safety.

RARE OCCURRENCE: : After catching a slant pass from Flacco, wide receiver Demetrius Williams was stripped of the football, leading to a huge scrum. After a lengthy delay, linebacker Antwan Barnes emerged with the ball, which is believed to be the defense's first recovered fumble of training camp.

PASS AND CATCH OF THE DAY: : During a two-minute, length-of-the-field drill, quarterback Troy Smith lofted a deep throw that wide receiver Justin Harper caught over cornerback Frank Walker, and Harper scampered the remaining 20 yards or so to score a touchdown with no time left on the clock.

PICK IT UP: : Free safety Ed Reed and Walker each made interceptions with Reed catching a tipped pass off tight end Todd Heap's hands and returning it for a touchdown.

HIT OF THE DAY: : Ray Lewis looked a lot younger than 34 when he blew up rookie running back Cedric Peerman in the backfield. The tackle drew a thunderous response from the defense, and Ngata pointed at quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson.

GETTING A LEG UP: : Steve Hauschka made three of four field-goal attempts, and rookie Graham Gano went 5-for-6. Hauschka's miss was from 41 yards, and Gano's was from 53.

INJURIES: : Linebacker Terrell Suggs is no longer wearing a protective boot to shield his strained left heel, but he did not practice. Wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring), Biren Ealy (unknown) and Thomas White (unknown), Grubbs (sprained ankle), Gaither (left trapezius), linebacker Tavares Gooden (sports hernia) and defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip) also did not practice. Cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder) remained on the physically-unable-to-perform list and did not practice. Running back Willis McGahee had an ice pack wrapped around his left knee for a period of time, and tight end Edgar Jones had his left thigh wrapped.

OVERHEARD: : "Hey, Hue! You're going the wrong way!" - Reed, to Jackson after Ngata sacked Flacco for a significant loss

Q&A: Linebacker Prescott Burgess

Burgess, a sixth-round pick in 2007, is trying to complete his first season without making a trip to the injured reserve list. Much of his offseason was devoted to meeting that objective.

Question: : What's the best thing you did or best place you visited during the offseason?

Answer: : I really didn't go anywhere. I stayed in Owings Mills and just worked out. My mind-set was I didn't have time to vacation. For two seasons, I was out from playing, and I love to play football. So I just took time off to get my mind right for this camp, and I think it's paying off.

Q: : If you could be on a TV reality show, which one would it be?

A: : It would be "The Bachelor." I could pick my wife, and most of the women on there are pretty fine and I think some of them are my type. So I would be on that. And for all the ladies out there, I am single.

- Edward Lee

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