Ravens' Hunter learning on the fly

WESTMINSTER -- When Baltimore Ravens cornerback Javin Hunter was confused at his new cornerback position Friday, the converted wide receiver didn't stand around watching aimlessly. He reacted, albeit not always adhering to the rules of the game.

"I liked what I saw," Billick said. "He wasn't thinking. He may have been wrong a few times, but he was going to be wrong aggressively and I like that."

On a fly pattern, Travis Taylor was creating separation from Hunter when Hunter grabbed his jersey to prevent a long touchdown pass. Billick immediately pretended to throw a penalty flag for pass interference and then counseled Hunter for a few minutes.

"I knew it wasn't legal, but I didn't want him to catch one deep," Hunter said. "That's something I'm working on, not getting nervous at the last second."

Hunter missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon after being suspended for the final four games of his rookie season for testing positive for a banned substance under NFL guidelines. He has switched jersey numbers from No. 84 to No. 48.

"Some things were a little rough, but I'm getting it down," Hunter said. "It will come with time and I look forward to learning more."

BUSINESS MATTERS: Linebacker Ray Lewis recently fired agents Roosevelt Barnes and Eugene Parker, the men who negotiated his $50 million contract that included a $19 million signing bonus.

Lewis' explanation: "I think there's truly a time in your life when you get to a place not where you get comfortable, but where people get comfortable around you. It's not about what you did; it's about what you didn't do."

Lewis also said he's comfortable with cornerback Chris McAlister's decision to remain out of training camp while he seeks a long-term contract.

"Chris is of sound mind," Lewis said. "Chris is in great spirits. Everything is a business. As long as we understand that and we understand the team's position, we're OK with where Chris is."

ROSTER MOVES: The Ravens addressed their thin cornerback depth by signing Rashad Holman and Fred Weary.

Holman spent three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, collecting 78 tackles, 20 pass deflections and two interceptions.

Weary played for the St. Louis Rams last season after prior stints with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. He was a fourth-round draft pick out of Florida in 1998 and has 209 tackles, 20 pass deflections and seven interceptions in 83 career games.

The Ravens waived long snapper Mike Solwold.

The team officially placed cornerback Dale Carter (blood clot) on the non-football illness list. Also, outside linebacker Peter Boulware (knee), quarterback Anthony Wright (shoulder) and tight end Trent Smith (leg) were placed on the physically unable to perform list.

They don't count against the current roster, but can be activated when they pass their physicals. Boulware and Wright will miss the entire training camp after undergoing surgeries.

TRAINING ROOM: Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was held out of drills following a biopsy procedure he underwent Thursday. Billick said Ogden would likely miss today's workout and return to action Monday. Team officials said it's not believed to be serious.

Smith worked on the side with the training staff as he continued his recovery from breaking his left leg last summer. He said he expects to miss a few more days of practice.

"If it's jittery or I'm not completely confident in it, we'll push it back a few days," Smith said. "It can't hurt forever."

Ray Lewis showed no ill effects from thumb ligament surgery as he batted down passes during practice.

HOME TURF: Standing on the Bair Stadium sidelines watching practice, McDaniel football coach Tim Keating retrieved a bouncing football off the new artificial turf and completed a short pass.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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