Friday, August 27, 2004

Ravens Face the Lions!


Edwards, the second-round pick out of Oregon State, will likely start at left defensive end against the Lions. If so, he will battle stout right tackle Stockar McDougle, who in tandem with Jeff Backus, gives Detroit a set of first-round bookends.

Edwards will likely start in place of Anthony Weaver, who suffered a high ankle sprain in last week’s preseason game against the Eagles. With both McDougle and 2002 Pro Bowl guard Damien Woody on his side, Edwards is in for a demanding first NFL start.

Go Ravens! Be sure to watch the game on Saturday!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Training Camp Is Over!

So, training camp is over (a day early) and things went pretty well. Here's how the Raven's homepage characterized their progress and Kyle Boller's progress in particular...

The camp was also largely about continuing the development of second-year quarterback Kyle Boller, who will start against the Browns.

Boller progressed “very, very well” over the past four weeks, Billick said. Boller’s improvement was most noticeable in how he handles difficult situations, like protection breakdowns or when a receiver runs a wrong route.

If Boller can make two additional completions per game, the Ravens’ passing attack, which ranked last in 2003, can jump to the middle of the pack this season. A productive aerial attack, combined with their dominant running game, would result in a more efficient and balanced offense.

“[The passing game] has a lot of potential,” said wide receiver Kevin Johnson. “With Jamal back there running the ball and knowing what the defense is going to give you, I think it gives us a lot of one-on-one opportunities on the outside. It gives us the freedom to make a lot of plays. So, if the quarterback and the receiver get on the same page, I think the sky is the limit.”

Now it's about time for the season to begin. GO RAVENS!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Get Well Soon!


A knee injury has temporarily sidelined Casey Rabach and, consequently, the competition for the Ravens’ starting right guard job.

Rabach, who is battling incumbent starter Bennie Anderson during training camp, was scheduled to start in Friday’s preseason game against the Eagles. However, he will likely not return until the Aug. 28 affair against the Lions, at the earliest.

“It definitely hurts [my chances],” said Rabach, who has tried to consistently crack the Ravens’ starting lineup since entering the league as a third-round pick in 2001. “There’s no doubt about it. Anytime I’m not out there, Bennie’s getting more reps and more looks for the coaches.”

Rabach sprained his MCL during goal line action in last Saturday’s practice and has been limited ever since. Rabach said that center Mike Flynn accidentally rolled on the leg during a repetition, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power, usually a good sign.

Get well soon Rabach!

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Training Camp Updates

During the first few days of camp, Jamal Lewis has been stealing the show! He's definately going to be a factor in the Ravens making it to the Superbowl this year. Here's the update about what's been going on off of the playing field:

Baltimore placed injured players Peter Boulware, Trent Smith and Anthony Wright on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which is far less ominous than it sounds. All it means is that these players cannot practice or play in preseason games before they’re removed from the list, which can happen at any time. While on the PUP, the players do not count on the active roster.The Ravens also waived long snapper Mike Solwold and placed cornerback Dale Carter on the non-football illness list.Baltimore also signed a pair of veteran corners, Rashad Holman and Fred Weary, to compete for Carter’s spot. Holman, No. 25, spent three years with the 49ers, amassing 78 tackles and two interceptions.Weary, a seventh-year pro out of Florida, will wear No. 23. He last played for the St. Louis Rams.

More info as it comes...