Inside Ravens Training Camp - Monday

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, the Billick Beard-Watch™.


WHO'S HOT: Randy Hymes caught three passes in a row in the two-minute drill, perhaps responding to Patrick Johnson's breakthrough scrimmage. Hymes duplicated his receiver option pass heroics with another touchdown toss to Tellis Redmon. The players chanted, "SWAC," in a nod to the former Grambling quarterback's days in the Southwest Athletic Conference.

Derrick Mason caught a fly pattern for a touchdown from Kyle Boller, dashing past two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister.

Jarvis Johnson alertly grabbed a dropped Trent Smith pass on the hop and sprinted upfield with the interception.

WHO'S NOT: Boller sailed a pass through the uprights on an overthrown pass. His touch looked off on a few slant routes, too, and he stared down targets.

Fred Stamps flubbed a punt and did the perfunctory 10 pushups as punishment.

Derek Anderson showed absolutely no finesse on a few red-zone passes.

NEWSFLASH: Star running back Jamal Lewis reported to Westminster after meeting with Maryland probation officials as part of his sentence for a federal drug crime that incarcerated him in prison for four months and in a halfway house for two more. Lewis is expected to work on the field with trainers today after undergoing a physical Monday, but is unlikely to take part in team drills.

ON THE FIELD: Mark Clayton caught punts in his first training camp practice along with B.J. Sams, who returned to drills from a hamstring strain.

Dave Zastudil had nice hang time and his left-footed punts were difficult to corral, and Matt Stover was perfect on field goal attempts. Chester Taylor dropped a soft swing pass out of the backfield.

OFF THE FIELD: After All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden fended off Terrell Suggs in pass protection, a knowledgable fan yelled, "J.O., you gotta get ready for Dwight Freeney," referring to the Indianapolis Colts' prolific defensive end who got the best of Ogden in last season's road loss.

One fan quickly grew tired of a steady diet of short throws, bellowing, "Throw the ball upfield!"

Held out of practice: tight end Todd Heap, fullback Alan Ricard, running back Musa Smith, nickel back Dale Carter, defensive tackle Gary Gibson and linebacker Dan Cody.

BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Ravens head coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it sparks comparisons to "Titanic" director James Cameron. In Billick's case, he's hoping that the defending AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers aren't his iceberg.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We're going to wear his scrawny little butt out the next couple of days. I wish representation would look at the bigger picture, but a guy comes in late to camp and he quadruples the chance for injury because he has to catch up." Ravens coach Brian Billick on first-round draft pick Mark Clayton following the wide receiver's first practice following a five-day holdout.

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

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

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

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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