Inside Ravens Training Camp - Thursday

On the penultimate day of Ravens training camp, a few notes on the day's events.

WHO'S HOT: Tight end Daniel Wilcox hauled in several outstanding catches, including a difficult one in the back of the end zone.

Quarterback Derek Anderson had one of his best practices, increasing his accuracy markedly. The raw rookie still has a long ways to go.

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed continually gives maximum effort, pushing himself to remain on top of his game.

WHO'S NOT: Fred Stamps' hands are beginning to look suspect after impressing with his ability to run after the catch early in training camp.

Offensive tackle Adam Terry needs to lower his pad level. Often, the 6-foot-8, 330-pound rookie plays at his full height.

NEWSFLASH: Peter Boulware passed his physical Thursday night and has officially rejoined the Baltimore Ravens. Hours after the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker's return was delayed as doctors scrutinized his physical, Boulware was at the team hotel reviewing the final details of his contract with general manager Ozzie Newsome. Boulware, 30, is expected to sign a one-year, $1 million contract with an additional $1 million in incentives.

ON THE FIELD: Jamal Lewis took increased snaps and is expected to play six to 10 snaps on Saturday in his preseason debut against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Adalius Thomas participated in team drills for the second day in a row without incident.

OFF THE FIELD: A group of Special Olympians from Maryland, including a few Carroll County athletes, welcomed defensive coordinator Rex Ryan as their honorary coach. Ryan joined former Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary as an active supporter of Special Olympics.

Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams attended practice as a guest of owner Steve Bisciotti.

Former Ravens defensive end Rob Burnett was at practice and met with Comcast executives about a potential role on a post-game show.

United Vanlines was in town to pack up the team's equipment to head back to Owings Mills today.
Ravensman, the purple-caped superhero, was back. Up, up and away!

BEARD WATCH: In my final commentary on Ravens head coach Brian Billick's new-look, gray beard, it sparks comparisons to Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Can Billick adopt some of the Zenmaster's serenity and complicated triangle offense?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's not really easy. It's smart. Coach Billick does a great job of putting you in different situations of football. With the Steelers, we had a lot of guys getting hurt. Billick does a great job of giving you time off." New right guard Keydrick Vincent, a former Pittsburgh Steelers starter, on Billick's not so grueling practice routine.

FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

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

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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