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Receivers aim to stand tall vs. Indy


Against defenders he dwarfs, Clarence Moore realizes his size only matters so much.

Moore, at 6 feet 6, had that advantage against the Indianapolis Colts' cornerbacks last year but failed to put it to good use. Moore is 8 inches taller than both Colts starters, Nick Harper and Donald Strickland, and would seem a likely target inside the 20-yard line when the teams play tomorrow night.

"He's still a great player," Moore said of Harper. "He made a play on me on the fade ball last year. So I can take nothing away from this guy and can't take him lightly at any time in this game. I still have to time up the ball right on the jump and catch it high with my hands."

Simply catching the ball is the key to a Ravens receiving corps that had its share of drops during the preseason.

Moore had two drops in the finale against the Washington Redskins, then watched third receiver Mark Clayton drop a pass later in that game.

The drops have even affected Derrick Mason. Two throws went through his hands during the preseason, and he failed to develop much of a rapport with quarterback Kyle Boller.

Indianapolis, though, should offer a chance for the Ravens' passing game to develop. Besides Strickland and Harper, the Colts feature a first-year starter in safety Joseph Jefferson and a second year player in the 5-8 Bob Sanders.

Jefferson, at 6-1, is the tallest player in the defensive backfield. The Ravens have Moore, tight end Todd Heap and receiver Randy Hymes who are all 6-3 or taller.

"You've got to hope that that size shows up," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "They play pretty feisty. They know their size situation, so they do things to augment it."

Moore has put an up-and-down preseason behind him. He says having a chance to play a whole game, rather than just a quarter or half, will give him more opportunities to make plays.

"If I would have played four quarters in that game, I would have probably had six more opportunities to catch the ball, then if I would have caught six more, people wouldn't have been saying nothing about those two," Moore said. "That's the great thing about football is that you have four quarters to show what you can do."

J. Lewis adjusts focus

Heading into the season opener, Jamal Lewis said his focus is on the Colts and not his contract.

It was only a week ago when the Ravens running back expressed dissatisfaction last week that the team has yet to give a counterproposal to a new contract.

"Now is not the time to really worry about that," Lewis said. "I think they'll do the best thing for us and the best thing for the team. I think they'll get that done in due time."

End zone

Lewis (ankle) and tight end Todd Heap (ankle) were added to the injury report. Lewis, Heap, linebacker Bart Scott (ankle) and fullback Ovie Mughelli (calf) are all probable. Receiver Devard Darling (quadriceps) was downgraded from questionable to out, and tackle Adam Terry (ankle) was downgraded from questionable to doubtful. ... The Ravens have entered into a partnership with Steve Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors and Baltimore Magazine, to produce the 2005 game-day program covers featuring the artwork of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo. McFarlane is best known as the creator of "Spawn." ... Grammy Award-winning musician Lee Greenwood will sing the national anthem tomorrow night after performing "God Bless the USA." ... Left guard Edwin Mulitalo will host his third annual Hawaiian Luau at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie on Monday. Proceeds from the event help supply musical instruments to area schools. For information, call 443-463-8845. ... Former Baltimore Colts great Lenny Moore will be outside Gate A at M&T; Bank Stadium from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow night signing autographs of his new book, All Things Being Equal, at the Baltimore Football Alumni Tent. ... The Ravens are recommending fans take alternative routes instead of the Russell Street exit off of Interstate 95 because of construction.

Sun staff writer Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

Next for Ravens

Matchup: Indianapolis Colts at Ravens in season opener

When: Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 13, ESPN/1300 AM, 102.7 FM

Line: Colts by 3

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