Johnson rebounded from rough start

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, All-Pro linebackerAdalius Thomas' replacement, had a much better game in his second start of the preseason. One week removed from a shaky debut against the Philadelphia Eagles where he missed open-field tackles and experienced lapses in pass coverage, Johnson was a force in the pass rush.

He sacked Eli Manning in the second quarter, forcing a fumble. He nearly sacked Manning in the first quarter, but was blatantly held by a running back with no flag thrown.

"I think that we started out good, but kind of let our minds get wrapped up on the stuff going on between the plays," Johnson said. "When that happens, you have to keep your cool. You can't get all wrapped up in that because guys are going to start jumping offsides and doing stupid stuff like we were doing."

STRONG FOLLOW-UP: Rookie offensive tackle Jared Gaither duplicated his string of shutdowns during the preseason as the 6-foot-9, 350-pound former University of Maryland star stonewalled speedy defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

INJURY UPDATE: The Ravens held out wide receiver Derrick Mason, a late scratch because of a minor shoulder injury, along with nose guard Kelly Gregg (right knee, thigh) as precautionary measure, in addition to: outside linebacker Antwan Barnes (right high ankle sprain), offensive guard Chris Chester (sprained right foot), offensive tackle Steve Edwards (knee) and tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained left ankle). Plus, All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (turf toe) and linebackers Dan Cody (knee surgery) and Mike Smith (shoulder surgery).

Demetrius Williams started in place of Mason. And Justin Bannan started in place of Gregg. Wide receiver Mark Clayton and cornerback Samari Rolle left the game with ankle injuries with X-rays ruled negative.

BIG PICTURE: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is taking the long view on this setback for the defending AFC North champions.

"You know it's early," he said. "It's still preseason. We faced a little adversity, but we did what good teams do and we overcame it. We started out bad, but then we got it together."

QUICK HITS: Undrafted rookie outside linebacker Edgar Jones sacked hefty quarterback Jared Lorenzen, executing a crisp spin move to get free. ... Jones and Stills combined for a sack of Lorenzen early in the fourth quarter. "I think I built on my performance from last week," Jones said. "I don't think I made as many mental mistakes as I did last week. I think I did all right overall. I just want to keep doing good and cut down on mistakes and make the 53-man roster." ... The Giants deactivated wide receiver Plaxico Burress, defensive back Michael Stone, linebacker Gerris Wilkinson, defensive end Charrod Taylor, wide receiver Sinorice Moss, wide receiver Marco Thomas and long snapper Ryan Kuehl. … Manning fumbled twice, losing one with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata recovering the ball and spiking it into the end zone in a crowd-pleasing maneuver. … Safety Dawan Landry led Baltimore with six tackles. … Corey Ivy had four tackles in the first half. ... Rookie return specialist Yamon Figurs had a 52-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. "It was great blocking upfront," Figurs said. "The fullback got his man, everybody blocked and kicked out the safeties and it just opened up for me."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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