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got some playing time in the first game of the NFL Europe
season, and the running back was able to run the ball 9 times for 22 yards and
caught one pass for 13. He also scored a touchdown on a 4 yard run early in
the fourth quarter to give his team, the F.C. Barcelona Dragons, a 13-12 lead.
Eventually, the Dragons lost the game to the Frankfurt Galaxy 15-13. Hunter,
an undrafted free agent from Utah
who made the Ravens final 53 man roster for
2002, was allocated by the Ravens to NFL Europe.
The Ravens have re-signed wide receiver Randy Hymes
. Hymes, who was
mostly a quarterback in college, played in six games for the Ravens,
starting the last two of the season. During those last two games, he showed
promise, catching 5 passes for 112 yards. The 6'3 211 pound Grambling State
product was an exclusive rights free agent.
finally had his audition for NFL scouts on Monday in
. The Marshall
quarterback had been unable to work out due to a
fractured left tibia sustained last November. According to NFL.Com,
Leftwich measured up at 6'5 and 3/8 and weighed in at 236 pounds. He ran
the 40-yard dash twice between 4.85 and 4.92 seconds, and also ran a 4.50
short shuttle and a 7.71 three-cone drill. The Washington, D.C. native
took all his snaps from center, which was important to scouts, as he had
played most of his college career in a shotgun. Leftwich seemed to show no
ill effects of his leg injury, showing no limp during his workout and
showing good movement while rolling out to both his left and right. At
least four head coaches and two GM's of teams drafting in the top 10 were
represented at the workout, including Ozzie Newsome and Brian Billick of
the Ravens. According to NFL.Com, Billick, in particular, seemed to be
impressed with Leftwich's movement during his workout. The Ravens pick
10th in the draft and it is believed they are considering selecting a
quarterback with their pick. They have already had a private workout with
California's Kyle Boller
, generally considered the third best quarterback
behind Leftwich and USC's Carson Palmer
, who most feel will end being
taken by Cincinnati
with the first pick. It is unclear whether the Ravens
will have a private showing with Leftwich as well.
The Ravens worked out David Kircus
last week. The 6'1 180 wide
receiver, who starred for 2002 NCAA Division II champion Grand Valley
State, is considered a mid to late round prospect.
According to a published report, Brian Griese
is leaning towards
signing with the Dolphins when he is released by the Broncos in June.
Griese, whose father, Bob, was a Hall of Fame quarterback for the
Dolphins, is looking for a similiar deal to the one Jake Plummer
received from Denver
(7 years, $40 million). That high price tag is
will probably eliminate the Ravens, who likely won't go any higher
than the $1.5 million or so first year salary they were offering Jeff
Blake, from being a serious bidder for Griese. The Ravens are also
expected to draft a quarterback in the first or second round.
According to a web report, quarterback Anthony Wright
one year contract worth $605,000 on April 5th to remain with the
Ravens. Wright, who was a restricted free agent, could possibly
challenge for a backup spot to presumed starter Chris Redman
However, the Ravens are expected to select a quarterback high in the
NFL draft later this month, and are also expected to bring in a more
seasoned veteran to possibly compete with Redman for the starting