More Ravens camp notes - Rolle on a roll

WESTMINSTER -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle watched quarterback Kyle Boller's eyes, knowing that his intense gaze would tell him where the football was going. Once Boller zeroed in on his intended target for a slant route Wednesday at McDaniel College, Rolle burst in front of wide receiver Clarence Moore to grab an interception. Then, the real fun began.

Rolle lateraled the football to nickel back Deion Sanders, who high-stepped downfield before pitching it back to linebacker Ray Lewis for the touchdown.

"Samari keeps getting more and more comfortable with what we are doing," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "He is showing that he really is an elite corner, and that is why we signed him in the offseason.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2000 with the Tennessee Titans, the Ravens signed Rolle to a $30.5 million contract. Entering his eighth NFL season, Rolle has 23 career interceptions and 93 pass deflections.

"Samari always breaks on the ball well because he's a great corner," Sanders said. "That's why we got him. Plus, we have a rule that when he gets an interception I won't be hard to find."

TRAINING ROOM: With running back Jamal Lewis' stride improving each day, the Ravens are leaning toward having him make his preseason debut Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles with Billick calling it a "good possibility."

Lewis began practicing last week after finishing his federal prison sentence.

"Jamal has torn through some scar tissue, so it's a process as far as us getting him prepared more and more each week," running backs coach Matt Simon said. "We probably won't make a decision until late Thursday or Friday on whether he'll play this week."

Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas returned to team drills without incident one week after hyperextending his knee.

Tight end Todd Heap (ankle, shoulder), linebacker Dan Cody (knee), running back Musa Smith (leg), nickel back Dale Carter (leg), fullback Alan Ricard (calf) and linebacker Tyson Smith (leg) didn't practice.

ZEUS GETS PUNKED: The Ravens chose a dangerous man to pull a prank on.

Massive offensive tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown was told the snap count was on one when it was actually on two. When he jumped offsides, he was immediately berated by quarterback Kyle Boller before he was let in on the joke.

"You have to be careful when you are playing a practical joke on Orlando," Billick said. "You are taking your life in your hands on that one. We had some fun with that one and he took in the vein that it was intended."

NO T.O., PLEASE: One year after the Ravens' trade for controversial All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens was nullified, Billick remains glad it worked out the way it did.

Especially in light of the soap opera the disgruntled Owens has spawned with the Eagles.

"I like the group I have right now," Billick said. "It's really not my concern. It's never good to have distractions."

Billick is a close friend of Eagles coach Andy Reid and expressed confidence that Reid can handle the combustible Owens situation.

"Andy's a good coach," Billick said. "He knows how to deal with his team and his circumstance."

QUICK HITS: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is still reviewing Rolle's plea bargain in a domestic violence case involving his wife. Rolle is likely to face a one-game suspension. … Under the NFL substance abuse policy, return specialist B.J. Sams could be fined up to half of a regular-season game check up to a maximum of $20,000 if convicted of a first-offense driving under the influence charge. Typically, Aiello said, a player convicted of a DUI would be placed in the first stage of the NFL substance abuse treatment program and would be subject to increased testing. …Boller found Moore down the middle for a score after throwing a few interceptions early in practice and dropping a snap. … Former Maryland safety Chris Kelley picked off former North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant, returning it for a touchdown. ... Left-footed kicker Owen Pochman, who's competing with Rhys Lloyd to be the team's kickoff specialist, booted several kicks deep into the end zone.

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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