Redman Battling for Starting Job with Ravens

Four-year veteran quarterback Chris Redman is locked in a full-blown battle with highly touted rookie Kyle Boller for the starting quarterback job with the Baltimore Ravens.<br><br> It appears that the 26 year-old Redman a former star at the University of Louisville may be losing that battle.

Baltimore Coach Brian Billick appears ready to give the nod to rookie quarterback Kyle Boller over the veteran Redman. That's the word that has been leaking out of the Ravens' training complex for about a week now. And since Boller has taken most of the snaps with the first team the past three days in preparation for his second straight preseason start against the New York Giants. It appears Boller will get the start for the opener in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7.

Redman, who played the second half of last Saturday's 24-3 loss to the Redskins, was 17-for-28 for 163 yards and an interception. Redman opened the 2002 season as the starter before missing the final 10 games with a disc injury, which required surgery.

A big plus for Redman is he is healthy.

"Health wise it's great," Redman reported. "I feel really good the back feels strong and all the little bumps and bruises have gone away. I'm ready to roll."

While there has been little separation between Redman and former University of California star Boller during the preseason, Redman feels good about what he has shown.

"Things have gone pretty good," Redman said. "Until the last game I really hadn't had the chance to throw it around too much, but in the last game I got to throw it 28 times. I feel like I've improved and right now I feel real comfortable with everything."

It has been a tough learning process for Redman, but he feels he has learned his lessons well.

"Obviously all the great quarterbacks will tell you that it takes time," Redman explained. "Every year you are learning something. You never can get complacent and you always have to keep moving forward, but right now I feel pretty comfortable. Now it's just a matter of paying attention to detail and keeping up with the fundamentals."

The quarterback more prepared to play, and to play steadily, is Redman, but it appears that Billick is leaning toward Boller. Redman is prepared to let things play out.

"They haven't told us much about the situation," Redman stated. "They are letting us go out there and play and compete and we'll find out soon enough. I'm sure when you hear it is probably about the same time that I'll hear it. Right now I've just got to go out and play my game."


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