Inside Ravens Training Camp - Wednesday

A quick summary including notes and quotes from the Ravens' training camp activities today, Wednesday.

WHO'S HOT: Mark Clayton took the football away from Deion Sanders on a sideline route and accelerated past safety Will Demps for a pair of touchdowns, receiving heavy applause from the crowd. The top draft pick is beginning to demonstrate why Clarence Moore shouldn't look back, because Clayton is gaining on him after ending a five-day holdout. "That kid's a beast," Demps said of Clayton.

Fred Stamps had the best circus catch of camp, diving into the end zone for a score while being throttled by the secondary.

Terry Jones showed off soft hands for a blocking tight end, hauling in a high lob pass from Anthony Wright.

WHO'S NOT: Shortly after his spectacular catch, Stamps dropped an easy one.

Darnell Dinkins was flattened by B.J. Ward in seven-on-seven work.

Keith Burnell dropped a swing pass out of the backfield.

NEWSFLASH: Jamal Lewis looked solid, albeit a tad cautious in his practice debut since passing his physical and being removed from the physically unable to perform list. The former Pro Bowl runner didn't take any contact work, but appears fluid and well-conditioned. Especially considering that he spent his offseason incarcerated in prison for four months and served two months in a halfway house.

ON THE FIELD: Ward, a 6-foot-3, 208-pound rookie safety from Florida State, nabbed a one-handed interception from Wright.

Rhys Lloyd showed off a strong leg on kickoffs, stronger than Jesse Ohliger, his competition to be the Ravens' kickoff specialist.

Alan Ricard and Chris McAlister returned to work after a day off.

OFF THE FIELD: All-Pro Ray Lewis was given the day off in what continues to be a laid-back training camp where veterans are treated like gold. Jim Nelson took his place at middle linebacker.
Derek Abney, who missed all of last season with a dislocated shoulder, was waived from the team to make room for Lewis on the roster.

Held out of practice: Todd Heap, Dan Cody, Musa Smith and Dale Carter.

BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Ravens head coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it sparks comparisons to Obi Wan Kenobi, the Jedi knight from "Star Wars." Will the force be with Billick's football team, or will the Steelers and Bengals strike back?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It was nice to have your No. 1 horse back there, the guy that's going to get you 2,000 yards." Center Mike Flynn on watching Lewis play football for the first time since last year.

THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE: 2 to 4 p.m. (special teams begins at 1:30 p.m.).

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

WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms and showers in the afternoon. 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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