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There is still not much to distinguish Kyle Boller from Troy Smith, but rookie Joe Flacco did stand out - just not in a good way. The first-round pick from Delaware overthrew a bunch of receivers and had a little too much zip on some of his passes. His best play came with his feet, when the pocket collapsed and he rumbled up the field for about 30 yards. Boller was a little more consistent than Smith, who was picked off twice, but also had a couple of strong throws, including a beautiful deep ball to rookie wide receiver Justin Harper, and added a quarterback sneak for a touchdown.


Matt Willis made a great catch over the middle on a pass from Smith that seemed a little out of his reach, as the former UCLA star stretched out for a diving grab. The next-best play might have been when free-agent rookie linebacker Jameel McClain knocked what looked to be a touchdown pass from Boller to Todd Heap out of the tight end's hands in the end zone.


Can you imagine what rookie tackle Oniel Cousins must have been thinking as he saw his head coach, John Harbaugh, running at him during a kickoff drill toward the end of the morning workout? Cousins showed a little discretion about who he slugs as Harbaugh approached. That's not to say Harbaugh came out unscathed. The 45-year-old coach probably didn't stretch properly and walked away holding his left hamstring.


Given the fact that 22 of the 80 players didn't work out in the morning full-team session - 15 because of prior injuries - there was certainly a smaller pool of players to get hurt. Fortunately for the Ravens, none did.


The morning workout saw perhaps the most humid conditions since camp opened. Asked how the players pushed through it, Harbaugh said, "The important thing, what we're all about as a program - what's important now? We talked to the guys about that. It's not a slogan. It's a mind-set. I think we're training a mind-set now."


"MARK, THAT WAS [FOR] YOU, MAN." An unidentified fan to wide receiver Mark Clayton after one of Smith's passes sailed 10 yards out of bounds and was caught with one hand by Michael Popovec, a reporter for WZBH in Georgetown, Del., and a former football player at Calvert Hall.


The morning practice will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the afternoon session at 2:45 p.m. The practices run between two and 2 1/2 hours each. The Ravens will celebrate Military Appreciation Day in the afternoon, with the first 150 military members in uniform being given reserved bleacher seating.

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