Inside Ravens Training Camp - Friday

Ravens Insider's daily snapshot at the happenings in Westminster. Who's hot, who's not, quote of the day, tomorrow's weather and of course, day five of Billick Beard-Watch™.

WHO'S HOT: Darnell Dinkins executed a nice fingertip catch in the end zone.

Daniel Wilcox caught a smooth touch pass over the shoulders from Anthony Wright.

Devard Darling hauled in a touchdown pass in stride and spiked the football emphatically, and Randy Hymes secured a fade pass for another score.

WHO'S NOT: Tellis Redmon, Hymes, who needs to use both hands until he becomes more consistent at one-handed grabs, and Ovie Mughelli all demonstrated shaky hands at times Friday.

Wright fumbled an early snap and was admonished by the coaching staff.

Darian Durant continues to face an uphill climb to unseat imposing, strong-armed draft pick Derek Anderson for the third quarterback job.

NEWSFLASH: The Ravens have sold slightly more than 28,000 tickets for Saturday's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins. Tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the stadium. It's $12 for sideline seats and $7 in the end zone.

ON THE FIELD: Kyle Boller was rested Friday morning to preserve his arm for today.

Friday morning's practice drew 4,500 fans, the largest turnout yet at McDaniel College this camp.
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed took turns catching footballs propelled by the Jugs machine.

Veteran referee Ron Winter and his crew worked Friday's practice and will be at the scrimmage.

OFF THE FIELD: First-round draft pick Mark Clayton's holdout reached its fifth day, bringing his total to 10 missed practices.

The Ravens shifted their afternoon practice to their air-conditioned, indoor facility in Owings Mills for the first time.

The Verizon backdrop the Ravens had been using as a corporate prop for news conferences was removed Thursday after it fell over two days in a row. Now, it's back and it stayed afoot Friday with improved dexterity. Billick seemed glad to have it back.

BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Billick's new-look, gray beard, it sparks comparisons to actor Bill Murray from the movie, "Lost in Translation." As Billick says, his wife likes it and that's what counts. Kim Billick proved that point by embracing the head coach after practice.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If you're not in camp, I don't think your representation is doing a good job. The easiest thing in the world is to stay out of camp. I don't know even know who his agents are. I don't really even care at this point.

"It's a sad scenario. The kid is going to be in here, make no mistake. In no uncertain terms, it's hurting this football team." -- Billick chastising wide receiver Mark Clayton and his agents, Ben Dogra and Jim Steiner, as the rookie's holdout entered its fifth day.

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE: Noon scrimmage against the Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium.

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

WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs in the mid 80s.

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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