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More camp observations

The Ravens have bragged about the additions of cornerbacks Fabian Washington and Frank Walker, but I haven't seen anything special. Washington has been solid in holding his own, but Walker may not get on the field. He has been slow to catch on. Starting cornerback Samari Rolle has not been in training camp because of the death of his father, so we really don't know what type of playing condition he is in. But if I were the Ravens, I'd still like to find another dependable cornerback before camp breaks.

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New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has already been in the ear of of general manager Ozzie Newsome. Cameron knows he doesn't have many game breakers for the 2008 season, but high on his wish list for next year is a big, go-to receiver. The only player that comes close to filling that bill right now is tight end Todd Heap, and if Heap doesn't have good offensive numbers this season, the Ravens will have major problems.

And by the way, there haven't been a lot of impressive receivers in training, regardless of age. The best young one has been Marcus Smith, the fourth-round pick out of New Mexico.

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I hope the Ravens don't use Heap to chip on defensive ends in pass protection. It's hard on the eyes. It will be even harder on a quarterback's behind.

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Maybe starting running back Willis McGahee is sick, or hurt, but it seems that rookie Ray Rice has taken more repetitions with the first team during the last two days than McGahee

- Mike Preston


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