Camp Highlights


August 11, 2009|By EDWARD LEE

BUTTERFINGERS: : The theme of the morning session was dropped passes. Wide receiver Demetrius Williams and tight end Isaac Smolko each saw throws bounce off their hands. Wide receiver Marcus Smith dropped two catchable passes.

PASSING THE BUCK: : Cornerback Fabian Washington intercepted quarterback Joe Flacco's out pass to wide receiver Kelley Washington, and cornerback Frank Walker picked off a pass from Troy Smith intended for wide receiver Justin Harper.

ROUTE OF THE DAY: : Washington bit on a perfectly timed double move by Derrick Mason, who faked a route toward the middle and ran up the field. With Washington a good 20 yards behind the wide receiver, Mason easily hauled in a long scoring strike from Flacco.

LUCKY FAN: : Immediately after that play, Mason did not return the football to a team assistant. Instead, he carried the ball to the sideline and handed it to a fan.

ANOTHER SCUFFLE?: : After a running play during a live, full-team drill, there was some shoving and yelling. Linebacker Jameel McClain was pulled off the pile and appeared to be jawing with several offensive players as he walked back to the defensive huddle.

GETTING A LEG UP: : Steve Hauschka connected on five of six field-goal attempts, with a 54-yard try falling short. Rookie Graham Gano made four of five attempts, and his 54-yarder also was short.

OVERHEARD:: "That'll soften up that defense, right there." - John Harbaugh, coach, after fullback Le'Ron McClain, who looks slightly heavier than his listed weight of 260 pounds, plowed through the middle of the defense for a 5-yard gain.

Q&A: Cornerback Lardarius Webb

A third-round pick in April's draft, Webb has impressed observers with his speed and instincts. Out of Nicholls State, Webb joins several Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) players on the Ravens' roster, including quarterback Joe Flacco, Walker and tight end Edgar Jones.

Question: : Do you feel any pressure to prove that Division I-AA can produce NFL-caliber players?

Answer: : No, there are a lot of I-AA players that have done well in the league. So it's not me trying to prove that I-AA players are good. I'm just trying to do well because it's me. I want to be a great player, so I push myself every day to try to learn from these guys and see what they do.

Q: : What's the biggest adjustment you had to make rooming with rookie safety K.J. Gerard?

A: : He takes 40-minute showers every night. That's just his ritual. Forty- to 45-minute showers. No joke. Thirty minutes minimum. He tells me that this is when he goes and meditates, and that's his ritual. It doesn't bother me because I'm either watching TV or going to sleep. It's just what he does.

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