WHO'S HOT: Ed Reed was in rarified NFL Defensive Player of the Year form. He
intercepted three passes, returning one errant Kyle Boller pass for a touchdown.
The secondary lived up to its advance billing with six interceptions, including one apiece from Jamaine Winbourne, Will Demps and Chris Kelley.
Terrell Suggs dominated pass rush drills, demonstrating a fluid swim move that would make gold medalist Michael Phelps jealous.
WHO'S NOT: Kyle Boller looked fairly awful, tossing four interceptions. That could partly be attributed to installing new plays, but mostly Boller was wildly inaccurate and stared down his primary read. He also put receivers in danger.
Devard Darling was screamed at by offensive coordinator Jim Fassel for not shoving down a defensive back who was poised for another interception.
The offensive line didn't look sharp in blitz protection, forcing a lot of hurried throws.
NEWSFLASH: Deion Sanders said that he tested positive for steroids last year because of a prescription a doctor gave him. However, he was randomly tested throughout last season for probable cause only because he had skipped a test before officially retiring from the Redskins, according to the NFL and the Ravens. He never actually failed a drug test, which would have triggered an automatic four-game suspension.
ON THE FIELD: Fred Stamps beat single coverage adeptly, as did fellow wideout Patrick Johnson with crisp moves and acceleration.
Offensive coordinator Jim Fassel screamed at running back Tellis Redmon for going the wrong way, using an expletive to punctuate his coaching.
B.J. Sams, Randy Hymes and Stamps caught punts during the afternoon practice.
OFF THE FIELD: A delusional fan claiming he had been signed by the Ravens marched onto the field and reached the end zone before he was confronted by media relations manager Chad Steele. The towering, bulky man said he needed to speak to "Brian Belichick." Steele kept the growling man at bay before security officials escorted him off the field and campus police responded. They smelled no alcohol on his breath. "You're trying to keep me away from my team," the man complained.
Sanders, 37, took the day off as a nod to his advanced age.
It was Mardi Gras in Westminster as a group of face-painted fans sported beads, purple feathers and colorful outfits.
BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Ravens coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it's eerily similar to psychologist Sigmund Freud.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "They're about to break," Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, exhorting his defense to keep the pressure on a wilting offense.
WEDNESDAY'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: 8:45 to 11 a.m.; 4 to 5:30 p.m.
RAVENS FAN LINE: For updated practice information, call 410-261-RAVE (7283).
WEATHER FORECAST: Mostly sunny, 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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