Review of Ravens scrimmage

The Baltimore Ravens' intrasquad scrimmage offered nearly something for everyone. Keep in mind it was just a scrimmage, won by the offense, 19-15, under a unique scoring system that awards the defense points for good plays, too. There was the poise of new starting quarterback Chris Redman completing 7 of 10 passes for 83 yards and no interceptions. Redman began the game with heat, completing four of his first five passes, including a nice touch pass down the middle to tight end John Jones.

"Yeah, he took control," Ravens coach Brian Billick said of the third-year quarterback from Louisville. "I was impressed. His forte in college was his presence, the way he took control of the game at key times."

 Added Redman: "I thought we looked pretty sharp on the first drive. There were a few mistakes. We can't get complacent. I thought it was a good start for us. Guys were relaxed.

"We took this real serious. We wanted to come out here and look sharp and I thought for the most part we did."

There were smashing hits like rookie safety Josh Robinson decking tight end Jonathan Burrough.

There were athletic plays like rookie receiver Javin Hunter's adjustment to tightrope the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown reception with Alvin Porter chasing a few steps behind him.

Later on, undrafted free agent wideout Randy Hymes caught a jump ball for a touchdown pass from Cleo Lemon.

"I've got to look at some films, but those guys made some plays," Billick said. "They have a presence about them. They're not overly intimidated."

There were no reported injuries, breaking a recent trend for these affairs for the Ravens, although rookie defensive lineman Anthony Weaver made a mistake when he overzealously smacked Redman's arm to draw a rebuke from Billick.

 "We got through it without any injuries," Billick said. "That's a good sign. There was a lot of athleticism out there, a lot of great hits, guys running around and making plays."

As for Weaver, Billick said, the cleaned-up version of what he said, "Don't ever hit my quarterback again."

Weaver, a second-round pick from Notre Dame who also tackled running back Tellis Redmon for a loss, said hitting the quarterback is a tough habit to break.

"It's what I've been taught to do all my life," Weaver said.

There was no running game without starter Jamal Lewis and primary backup Chester Taylor both skipping the game because of injuries. Rookie Dameon Hunter led the backs with three carries for nine yards with the defense holding them to less than 60 yards rushing.

"Who did we have running?" Billick said. "That's part of it, too. We have some young guys working their way up the charts. You don't win this game nickeling and diming. You've got to make bigger plays than that."

With all of the change at quarterback and center throughout the scrimmage, there were three fumbles.

Tight end John Jones caught two passes for 52 yards.

Kicker Matt Stover hit a 58-yarder, outdueling rookie hopeful J.R. Jenkins.

Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas looked comfortable and quick at his new position after playing defensive end last season.

Besides Lewis and Taylor, also sitting out the scrimmage: defensive end Michael McCrary (knee), cornerback James Trapp (knee), outside linebacker Peter Boulware (ankle), tight end Todd Heap (strained triceps) and linebacker Andre Arnold (bruised chest).

NOTES: The Ravens signed offensive tackle Ethan Brooks to a two-year contract. Brooks is 6-6, 300 pounds and was a seventh-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1996. He was with the Denver Broncos in training camp last year, but was released.

 Brooks, 30, was picked by Atlanta with the 229th overall selection after playing defensive end at Williams (Mass.).

He reportedly scored a 1350 on the SATs.

His wife died of lymphoma in early 2001 after a long fight with the disease. He sat out the 1999 season to be with her. Brooks has played for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals, too. The Ravens said he will probably be the third tackle behind Jonathan Ogden and Edwin Mulitalo. …

 Billick was knocked down by receiver Ron Johnson on a pass route Friday morning. Billick said, ‘Damn Golden Gophers!" after the spill in reference to the rookie's alma mater, the University of Minnesota. …

Billick said he had no idea when rookie safety Ed Reed would end his eight-day holdout. Agent Jeff Moorad said he sent another proposal to Baltimore, but the team is still probably not going to budge off of a $3.6 million signing bonus offer as compared to Moorad's request of $3.7625 for a five-year deal worth close to $6.2 million …

Billick said the team is having ongoing discussions with agent Roosevelt Barnes regarding Boulware and defensive tackle Sam Adams.


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