Ravens Camp Highlights

August 22, 2009|By Edward Lee

DROPPING THE BALL:: There were many dropped passes during practice Friday. Unofficially, there were 11, including two each by wide receiver Jayson Foster and rookie tight end Davon Drew.

YELLOW FLAG WATCH:: On the flip side, the team committed just three penalties. Rookie wide receiver Eron Riley was flagged for pass interference, rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher moved early and the offense was cited for illegal formation when three linemen were not on the line of scrimmage.

DEFENDING THEIR TURF:: Cornerback Frank Walker intercepted a pass from quarterback John Beck in the end zone, and linebacker Tavares Gooden sacked Joe Flacco during live, full-team drills.

CATCH OF THE DAY:: That balky right hamstring didn't seem to bother Demetrius Williams, who made a spectacular grab during a red-zone exercise. The lanky wide receiver leaped high to catch a 15-yard lob from Flacco and hung on to the ball as safety Haruki Nakamura slammed Williams to the turf.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY:: During a one-on-one drill, cornerback Fabian Washington slipped and fell to the turf. Still, Beck's deep throw was too strong and sailed tantalizingly over wide receiver Yamon Figurs' hands.

GETTING A LEG UP:: Steve Hauschka made five of seven field-goal tries, sending a 41-yard attempt wide right and dropping a 54-yarder just short of the crossbar. Rookie Graham Gano fared slightly better, connecting on five of six tries. His attempt from 54 yards went wide right.

INJURIES:: Linebackers Terrell Suggs (strained left heel) and Dannell Ellerbe (right knee), wide receiver Mark Clayton (strained left hamstring) and offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (right leg) did not practice. Right guard Chris Chester (strained right calf) and tight end Todd Heap (reason undisclosed) returned to practice after sitting out Thursday's session.

OVERHEARD:: "Ninety-nine, give back the jersey!" - Either linebacker Jarret Johnson or defensive tackle Kelly Gregg, teasing rookie linebacker-defensive end Paul Kruger in the wake of former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan's criticism of the franchise's decision to give Michael McCrary's No. 99 jersey to Kruger.

NEXT DAY'S SCHEDULE:: Today's practice begins at 8:45 a.m. and is scheduled to run about two hours. The special teams are scheduled to practice at 2 p.m. for up to 90 minutes.

- Edward Lee

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