Camp Highlights


August 21, 2009|By Edward Lee

TOUCHDOWN TOWN: : Maybe things would have turned out differently if members of the "Over-30 Club" had practiced, but the offense scored five of eight times during a drill in which the offense had the football at the 2-yard line on third-and-goal. Running backs Ray Rice and Jalen Parmele and wide receiver Jayson Foster scored on the ground.

YELLOW FLAG WATCH: : The Ravens committed five penalties, including three in the first eight snaps of the first live, full-team exercise. The offense was flagged twice for false starts and once each for illegal formation and delay of game.

DOUBLE J'S PERSISTENCE: : On the second play of the full-team drill, linebacker Jarret Johnson almost intercepted quarterback Joe Flacco's shovel pass to Rice. On the next play, Johnson got his interception when he picked off a woefully underthrown pass by Flacco intended for fullback Le'Ron McClain.

DEFENDING THEIR TURF: : Cornerback Frank Walker intercepted quarterback Troy Smith's pass to wide receiver Yamon Figurs in the end zone, and cornerback Chris Carr sacked Smith.

TEMPER, TEMPER: : Linebacker Jameel McClain threw his left shoulder into offensive tackle Joe Reitz after a running play, and safety Tom Zbikowski threw Foster to the turf after his touchdown. Neither Reitz nor Foster retaliated.

GETTING A LEG UP: : With rookie Graham Gano getting the day off, Steve Hauschka missed two of his first four field-goal attempts, sending tries from 42 and 53 yards wide left. But he settled down and connected on his last six tries.

INJURIES: : Linebacker-defensive end Terrell Suggs (strained left heel) rode a stationary bike parked between the two practice fields, but he did not practice. Wide receiver Mark Clayton (strained left hamstring) worked out at almost full speed, but like Suggs, he did not participate. Right guard Chris Chester (strained right calf) and tight end Todd Heap (reason undisclosed) also were absent. Offensive tackle Jared Gaither wore a brace on his right wrist, but he did not miss practice. Cornerback Samari Rolle (groin and shoulder) remained on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

OVERHEARD: : "That was a hell of a fake, Hue." - John Harbaugh, coach, praising quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson for calling a play-action pass during a full-team rushing drill. Unfortunately for the offense, cornerback Fabian Washington was not baited, and he batted away quarterback Cleo Lemon's deep pass to Foster.

Q&A: Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson

Johnson finished last season ranked second on the defense in sacks (five) and fifth in tackles (82). He's just as good at fishing and dealing with a messy roommate.

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

Answer: : I went fishing in Flamingo [in Florida], where my dad was a guide when I was a kid. I hadn't been there since I was a little kid. So I got to go down there. We were snook fishing mainly, but we also caught a couple Goliath groupers. We caught a 150-pound Goliath grouper. We were in only 8 feet of water, so it didn't take too long to reel it in. We fought him for probably 10 or 15 minutes.

Q: : What's the biggest adjustment you've had to make rooming with defensive tackle Justin Bannan?

A: : He's not too bad. He's a little bit disgusting, but not too bad. The bathroom's a little bit nasty. He's got a ton of supplements and vitamins all over the place, but he's cool.

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