Inside Ravens Training Camp - Wednesday

Our daily synopsis of the happenings at Ravens training camp.

WESTMINSTER -- WHO'S HOT: Chris McAlister swooped in to pick off an Anthony Wright pass and took it to the house for a touchdown.

Randy Hymes, the former Grambling quarterback, took a lateral pass from Kyle Boller then hit Tellis Redmon in stride with a perfect option strike for a touchdown. Kyle, take notes.

Clarence Moore caught a well-thrown fade route from Boller for a score during red-zone drills. Moore was also endorsed as a starter by the coaching staff even when Mark Clayton ends his holdout. Stay tuned.

WHO'S NOT: Anthony Wright has been alternately telegraphing or overthrowing his passes. He can do a lot better than this once he sheds the rust. Rookie Rob Abiamiri, the tight end from Maryland, was absolutely decked by Mike Smith and Calvin Carlyle.

Devard Darling needs to sell his deep routes better, and hold on to short passes that hit him in the hands.

NEWSFLASH: Jamal Lewis' arrival at training camp has been delayed until Monday even though he has been released from an Atlanta halfway house as part of his punishment for a federal drug crime. The delay stems from meeting with probation officials and their procedures. The Pro Bowl runner had been scheduled to be here today and begin practicing Monday.

ON THE FIELD: Deion Sanders blitzed the backfield and could have sacked Boller if it had been a live play.

Patrick Johnson made a lot of solid plays, catching short routes and turning them into decent yardage with his speed.

The offense generally recovered from Tuesday's six-interception debacle and performed much better.

Orlando "Zeus" Brown (who else?) engaged in the first shoving match of camp, mixing it up with linebacker Bart Scott, who didn't back down.

OFF THE FIELD: The Ravens changed their mind about holding practice at their air-conditioned, indoor facility in Owings Mills because the players voted to stay in Westminster despite heated conditions.

The Ravens have shifted their drink of choice from Pepsi to Coca-Cola. As proof, there's a gigantic Coke bottle adjacent to the VIP bleachers.

"Ravensman' is back, sporting his purple cape, mask and an R emblem akin to Superman. Up, up and away!

BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Ravens coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it kind of reminds us of 'Blue,' the oldest fraternity pledge in the movie, "Old School." As Frank the Tank (actor Will Ferrell) would bellow, "You're my boy, Billick!"

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "For a rookie not to be here under the present circumstances, shows a complete lack of understanding of what it takes to compete in this league." -- Billick addressing Clayton missing the first three days of practices because of a contract dispute.

THURSDAY'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: 9:30 to 11:15; 3 to 4 p.m. (special teams).

RAVENS FAN LINE: For updated practice information, call 410-261-RAVE (7283).

WEATHER FORECAST: Mostly sunny, highs in the mid 90s with 5 mph winds.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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