WHO'S HOT: Wide receiver Derrick Mason spun cornerbacks around with his quick,
darting moves, executing a crisp sideline catch and getting both feet in bounds.
Deion Sanders, wearing the No. 2 jersey he made famous at Florida State, intercepted an Anthony Wright pass and strutted into the end zone in pure Prime Time style. Sans referees, Sanders was constantly hand-checking.
In the absence of tight end Todd Heap, Darnell Dinkins began drills with the first huddle, blocked strongly and ran past linebackers on pass routes.
WHO'S NOT: Tight end Daniel Wilcox dropped a spiral that hit him right in the hands.
In his first NFL practice, rookie defensive lineman Gary Gibson jumped offsides twice, was pancaked by the offensive line and then carted off with a foot injury. He was later seen on crutches with his foot in a protective boot.
Running back Musa Smith is out indefinitely on the physically unable to perform list after breaking his leg in December and undergoing surgery. "It's still pretty sore," Smith said.
NEWSFLASH: Rookie linebacker Dan Cody suffered a second to third degree sprained anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to an MRI exam. The Ravens said he didn't tear his ACL during the full-contact drill and set no time table for his return. The team said he will be re-evaluated during training camp. Cody is on crutches and can't put any weight on his right leg.
ON THE FIELD: Defensive end Terrell Suggs had the hit of the day, overwhelming Dinkins at the point of attack.
Earlier, Suggs was roughed up by tight end Terry Jones, flattened like a pancake.
Wideout Randy Hymes tried to showboat unsuccessfully, dropping a pass he tried to catch with his left hand.
OFF THE FIELD: First-round pick Mark Clayton is holding out and missed his first practice as his agents continue to negotiate with the Ravens.
A 60-year-old man wearing a cape and full purple regalia was spotted in the stands. He calls himself "Ravensman."
Continuing the Superhero theme, "Captain Defense" was in Westminster.
BOLLER WATCH: Quarterback Kyle Boller started slowly, fumbling two snaps and throwing inaccurately during early drills. He got sharper, albeit without much of a pass rush to hinder him.
BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Ravens coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it's eerily similar to author Ernest Hemingway.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't care. Somebody get on the damn line!"
Offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, ordering receivers to hurry up and run their routes.
TUESDAY'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: 8:45 to 11:10 a.m.; 3 to 4 p.m.
RAVENS FAN LINE: For updated practice information, call 410-261-RAVE (7283).
WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy, highs in the lower 90s.
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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