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Ravens practice highlights: Ngata, Kemoeatu shine on defense


Tuesday's practice was marked by a solid showing by the offense. During an exercise in which the starters faced a variety of third-down scenarios, the unit converted four of six attempts, including four of the first five.



It's not often that defensive linemen get a little love, but Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu fared well. Ngata tipped a pass by quarterback Tyrod Taylor intended for running back Anthony Allen that was intercepted by free safety Ed Reed. Kemoeatu pounced on a loose ball created when Taylor and center Justin Boren fumbled a snap during a red-zone drill.



Although training camp is officially over, the Ravens still practiced in front of a crowd Tuesday. University of Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson talked with owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh, and former Ravens defensive tackle and current Poly coach Larry Webster brought more than 60 members of the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen squads to the team's training facility in Owings Mills.


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Logan Payne got some opportunities with the first offense, and the wide receiver made the most of them. He caught all three passes quarterback Joe Flacco directed his way during full-team exercises, and all three were long enough to gain first downs in the third-down drill previously mentioned.


A pair of rookies had a chance to join Reed and cornerback Jimmy Smith on the interceptions list, but couldn't produce. Free safety Omar Brown had a Taylor pass slip through his hands. And cornerback Asa Jackson narrowly missed scooping up an overthrown pass by Curtis Painter.


Starting right guard Marshal Yanda was absent Tuesday after he appeared to be injured Monday when tight end Billy Bajema undercut outside linebacker Chavis Williams, who rolled into Yanda's lower leg. Defensive end Pernell McPhee (death in family) and offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained calf) sat out their third straight practice. Tight end Dennis Pitta (broken right hand) and inside linebacker Josh Bynes (cracked vertebrae) did not practice for the 15th straight day. Tight end Ed Dickson (sprained right shoulder) and defensive tackle Ryan McBean (broken left ankle) missed their eighth consecutive day. Inside linebacker Darryl Blackstock (groin) was not present after practicing Sunday and Monday. Outside linebacker Sergio Kindle (shoulder stinger) and strong safety Sean Considine (unspecified) wore red, non-contact jerseys. Considine practiced Monday without one. Wide receiver-return specialist David Reed (knee surgery) is still on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Five-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs (torn right Achilles tendon) is on the non-football injury list.



"Nigel, you do the same thing on film! You're letting your man come up inside of you!" -- Assistant special teams coach Chris Hewitt offering a critique of rookie inside linebacker Nigel Carr's blocking during a kick return.