Camp Highlights

Ravens

August 16, 2009|By Edward Lee

MORE YELLOW: Continuing a disturbing trend from Thursday's preseason-opening win against the Washington Redskins, the Ravens committed an alarming number of penalties. The offense was flagged four times (three for false starts and one on tight end Isaac Smolko for pass interference). The defense jumped offside twice, and rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb was whistled for pass interference.

TOUCHDOWN TSUNAMI: During a live, full-team, two-minute drill, the offense scored three touchdowns. Quarterback Troy Smith threw scoring strikes to wide receiver Jayson Foster and running back Matt Lawrence, and quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Kelley Washington hooked up for a 60-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

DEFENDING TURF: The defense had somewhat of a quiet morning. Strong safety Dawan Landry intercepted Flacco's pass to wide receiver Justin Harper, and rookie linebacker William VanDeSteeg sacked Flacco.

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! One of the more amusing scenes occurred during a one-on-one exercise. As free safety Ed Reed began to shadow rookie wide receiver Eron Riley, cornerback Frank Walker warned Reed to look for an out route. After Riley made a double move and caught an easy pass in the end zone, Reed turned to Walker and said, "Thanks, Coach."

CATCH OF THE DAY: Smith's touchdown pass to Lawrence was memorable in that the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. But before the ball could touch the turf, Lawrence made a shoestring catch and waltzed into the end zone for a 7-yard score.

RUN OF THE DAY: With the offense at the 7-yard line and five seconds left on the clock, Flacco scrambled and wove his way through the pass rush before galloping into the end zone. The run, which took at least 10 seconds to complete, earned applause from fans.

GETTING A LEG UP: After making two field goals in Thursday's victory, Steve Hauschka converted just three of five chances Saturday morning. Attempts from 47 and 51 yards both sailed wide left. Rookie Graham Gano was excused from practice.

INJURIES: Linebackers Terrell Suggs (strained left heel) and Dannell Ellerbe (reason unknown), wide receivers Mark Clayton (strained left hamstring), quarterback John Beck (right shoulder) and offensive tackle (Stefan Rodgers (foot) did not practice. The club placed defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip) on injured reserve. Defensive end Trevor Pryce (left foot), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (left trapezius), guard Marshal Yanda and wide receiver Biren Ealy (groin) returned to practice.

OVERHEARD: "What's your name, man?" - An unidentified fan to wide receiver Bradon Godfrey after he made a nice catch. The rookie from Utah wore a jersey with no name on the back.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE: Morning practice has been canceled. The afternoon session begins at 2:45 p.m. and is scheduled to run about two hours.

Q&A: Quarterback Drew Willy

An undrafted rookie out of Buffalo, Willy was waived by the team in June but brought back because of John Beck's injured right shoulder. Willy put the time off to good use.

Question: : What have you been doing since the Ravens released you June 18?

Answer: : I've been working out back home in New Jersey. I went down to Atlanta and worked with Jerry Rhome, an ex-NFL quarterbacks coach. He helped me before the combine, so I went down there and worked out with him a little bit. I was back up in Buffalo, as well, throwing to a couple guys who will be coming out next year. It was good to go to a few different places and work out a little bit, but I was really just hoping that I would get a call from someone, and I did. Now I'm here and I'm ready to go, and I'm good.

Q: : What's the toughest job you had as a kid growing up?

A:: "I wasn't a kid, but I remember in college ... when we'd get in trouble, we would have to clean the stadium. I forget what the reason was. I think it had something to do with study hall, but we had to clean the whole stadium after a big win. We were all happy and then we thought, 'We've got to go clean the stadium now.' "

- Edward Lee

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