Throwing the ball wasn't the issue yesterday. Kyle Boller and Troy Smith fumbled. Boller recovered a fumbled exchange between him and center Chris Chester, but a botched handoff between Smith and running back Willis McGahee was recovered by linebacker Bart Scott. Boller had a few nice touch passes to tight end Adam Bergen and wide receiver Justin Harper. Smith and rookie Joe Flacco were solid if unspectacular.
PLAY OF THE DAY
It wasn't a touchdown or a turnover, but linebacker Antwan Barnes ended the morning session with an exclamation point. With the offense threatening to score a touchdown from the 7-yard line with one second left in a two-minute drill, Barnes rushed off the left edge and swatted Flacco's pass to the turf.
HIT OF THE DAY
Third-year defensive tackle J'Vonne Parker earned the spotlight during one-on-one drills by putting starting left guard Ben Grubbs on his back and getting past rookie fourth-round pick David Hale. Parker, who was on the practice squad, might be activated if he continues his play.
Tailback P.J. Daniels left the practice field yesterday morning and did not return. Cornerback Derrick Martin and return specialist Yamon Figurs left the afternoon session early. Defensive end Trevor Pryce had his left wrist wrapped in ice, but it did not appear serious.
Yesterday's morning session was the first time in a long time the team hit in full pads on the first day of camp. Harbaugh said live hitting will be the rule rather than the exception. "We'll have live periods every day here for a while, until we feel like we can move on from that or it's just not going to help us and be beneficial," he said. "But the live periods are definitely part of what were doing."
"I'M NOT LOOKING TO MAKE HIM UNDERSTAND RIGHT NOW. I'M LOOKING TO CONFUSE HIM AS MUCH AS I CAN."
Linebacker Ray Lewis on whether he can sense that Flacco is beginning to comprehend the complexities of the NFL.
TRAINING CAMP TODAY
Today's practices begin at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and are scheduled to run between two and 21/2 hours each.