Fabian Washington showed up for Tuesday’s passing camp without one accessory: a red jersey.
The cornerback had worn a red, non-contact jersey since undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason, but he shed the outerwear and appeared to play with little hesitation.
The shoulder is not 100 percent healthy yet, but Washington said he decided to lose the jersey as more of a symbolic gesture.
“That was just something I decided to do because the red jersey doesn’t really protect you,” he said. “They’re still going hard, and I’m still going hard. So I just decided to take it off. At some point, I’m going to have to test out this shoulder, and I decided to do it today.”
Washington, who turned 26 on Tuesday, seems to have established himself as the team’s No. 1 cornerback after turning in a solid season last year while starters Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle battled injuries and a lack of productivity.
But the one area of Washington’s game that he intends to concentrate on is interceptions.
Despite leading the Ravens with a career-high 19 passes defensed, he collected just one interception.
“I’m definitely going to improve on interceptions this year,” Washington said resolutely. “I dropped entirely too many balls last year. If I had just caught half of them, I would’ve been decent. I’ve got a lot more stuff to work on.”