Breaking sharply from what had been the norm over the past several days, all three Ravens quarterbacks had good outings during yesterday morning's practice at McDaniel College in Westminster. Kyle Boller, Troy Smith and rookie Joe Flacco all had zip on their passes. Boller's best pass was during a seven-on-seven drill with wide receivers Matt Willis and Marcus Smith, a rookie, running similar post patterns, with Willis a few yards deeper. Boller slung the ball over Smith and cornerback Corey Ivy to a wide-open Willis, who would have added substantial yardage downfield. Flacco hit his receivers in stride. He launched a pass before Smith made his move on a deep post pattern, and Smith didn't break his rhythm. Troy Smith's ability to scamper out of collapsing pockets and turn losses into modest gains can only help the patchwork offensive line. On one play, Smith bounced to his right to get out of the pocket before turning upfield.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Rookie wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright could not control a pass from Boller, and the ball bounced to Ivy, who juggled it three times before securing an acrobatic interception.
HIT OF THE DAY
During one-on-one passing drills, rookie running back Allen Patrick tried to evade linebacker Nick Greisen by going left before turning right toward the middle of the field. As soon as he made his move, Greisen drove Patrick to the turf with a chest-high shove.
Tight end Todd Heap (right calf) did not take part in the latter half of practice. Wide receiver Mark Clayton (sprained right shoulder) said he hopes to practice today. Defensive tackles Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament) and Justin Bannan (undisclosed), wide receivers Demetrius Williams (lower left leg) and Patrick Carter (dislocated left shoulder), safety Ed Reed (shoulder), tight end Daniel Wilcox (toe), fullback Justin Green (left knee), running back Cory Ross (undisclosed) and rookie offensive tackle Oniel Cousins (sprained right knee) either watched practice or participated in individual drills. The absences included offensive tackles Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) and Jared Gaither (right ankle), running backs Willis McGahee (left knee) and P.J. Daniels (cramps), defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (left knee), linebacker Dan Cody (right foot) and tight end Aaron Walker (leg).
With the Ravens scheduled to visit the Patriots on Thursday night, coach John Harbaugh was asked about his relationship with New England coach Bill Belichick. "I've admired him for a long time," Harbaugh said. "It's going to be fun. I don't know if 'fun' is the right word. It's going to be an honor and a thrill to go up before the game to shake his hand and chat. I hope he talks to me."
"I DON'T GIVE A [EXPLETIVE] IF THIS IS SPECIAL TEAMS OR NOT! WE ARE ROLLING!"
Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg sounding slightly displeased about the pace and effort during a special teams portion of practice.
TRAINING CAMP TODAY
Morning practice has been canceled. The afternoon session begins at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to run about two hours.