"I've got a great deal of faith in Chris Redman," Billick said. "We like what we saw in the six games that he was able to participate in. If Chris Redman is going to be the starting quarterback, I'm going to be thrilled to death. We drafted Chris Redman with these expectations."
The road to earning the starting job could become easier for Redman if rookie Kyle Boller, who remains unsigned, has an extended holdout. Still, Redman is hopeful Boller, who he has developed a friendship with, is signed soon.
"Obviously, I would like to see him here," Redman said. "I'm a team player."
Redman started the first six games of the season last year for the Ravens, going 3-3 before a back injury that eventually required surgery, sidelined him for the last 10 games of the season.
The fourth year quarterback has claimed that he feels better now than he ever has as a pro, and its shown in his offseason workouts during which Redman has looked sharp and shown improved zip on his passes. But these next two days will prove to be a test, as they will be his first padded practices since having a herniated disc in his back surgically repaired.
"I feel real confident, and I don't think it will cause any problems at all," Redman said. "Knock on wood, as long as I don't get caught in a different kind of twist, I think it'll be fine."