Ravens' Clayton strains hamstring

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Mark Clayton strained his left hamstring and was held out of practice Saturday for precautionary reasons. The Ravens' first-round draft pick from Oklahoma injured his leg running a pass pattern on Friday.

"It was a double move, I read an out-and-up, it looked good," Clayton said. "When I took off again, I felt something and slowed down."

For Clayton, it was a frustrating episode, but the injury isn't considered to be serious. He laughed while assuring reporters that he would be ready for the season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Clayton didn't drop any passes Friday and made a strong impression in the Ravens' two-day rookie camp that concluded Saturday

"Without a doubt, I wanted to come in and impress the coaches and show them I was capable of making plays and being consistent out there for three practices," said Clayton, who is slated to start opposite veteran Derrick Mason. "I can't do that right now."

BOTTOM LINE: Ravens coach Brian Billick gave the rookies a passing grade for their effort over three practices inside the team's indoor facility.

"These kids are picking it up," he said. "Their heads are swimming, and that's to be expected. I just told them, ‘The X's and O's of what you're doing, that'll come.'

"Temperament, tempo, how we do things, that's something that'll come. It's a good, energetic focused group."

LEFTY: Although second-round draft pick Adam Terry is supposed to compete with right tackle Orlando Brown in training camp, he spent the weekend playing his natural left tackle spot.

"You've got to start someplace and left is where he's most comfortable right now," Billick said. "I imagine he'll eventually get some right-side work."

QUICK HIT: Unlike last year when he lavished praise on return specialist B.J. Sams as a rookie camp standout, Billick declined to identify any particular, promising undrafted free agent.

"It's hard to single out one over another," Billick said. "But there's nobody here that doesn't belong here, which is pretty good."

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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