WHO'S HOT: Patrick Johnson continues to be a darting, consistent presence
outside. He worked alongside Derrick Mason and Clarence Moore when the team
lined up in three-wide receiver sets and caught several passes.
Moore caught a long touchdown pass from Kyle Boller on a post pattern in team drills. Randy Hymes tip-toed his feet into the end zone after grabbing a jump ball from Anthony Wright, and then he danced to celebrate.
WHO'S NOT: The field goal team took way too long to get on the field in a two-minute drill as the clock expired before Matt Stover could get the kick off. "It'll cost you a game," special teams coordinator Gary Zauner bellowed.
Boller stared down too many reads and was nearly intercepted by Ray Lewis, who did 10 pushups after dropping the football.
Devard Darling bobbled an end-zone pass twice before it skipped off his hands.
NEWSFLASH: One day after B.J. Sams was arrested on driving under the influence charges, the diminutive return specialist was back at practice. The media-shy Sams, 24, who was arrested early Monday morning by a Maryland State Police trooper, wasn't made available for comment. Team officials said that Sams' lawyer advised his client to not comment on his arrest.
ON THE FIELD: The Ravens ran the shotgun formation and Boller appeared comfortable lined up deep in the backfield.
Jamal Lewis looks more fluid and isn't favoring his surgically repaired ankle as much.
Safety Ed Reed returned to practice after missing the Falcons preseason game with a sore knee.
Rob Abiamiri might want to rub the Testudo statue on the University of Maryland campus because he dropped a pair of passes Tuesday.
OFF THE FIELD: Because of inclement weather, the Ravens shifted practice for the third time to their indoor facility in Owings Mills.
Held out of practice: Todd Heap, Musa Smith, Adalius Thomas, Alan Ricard, Dale Carter and Dan Cody.
The Ravens released rookie punter Jesse Ohliger and signed veteran kicker Owen Pochman to compete with kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd.
BEARD WATCH: In my daily observation on Ravens head coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it sparks comparisons to Scottish actor Sean Connery. Will the Ravens be as successful and slick as Connery's James Bond?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "These are grown men. I can't lock them up and put them away 24-7. He had free time and I don't want to comment until we know exactly what happened. There are legal liabilities here. But anytime someone has time, they have to act responsibly." Billick responding to a question about his policy of allowing veterans to spend the night away from the team hotel in light of Sams' DUI arrest.
WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE: 2 to 4 p.m., special teams starts at 1:30 p.m.
RAVENS FAN LINE: For updated practice information, call 410-261-RAVE (7283).
WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy, 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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