Just prior to the Martin interception the offense practice a 9 second drill, the goal of which was to effectively use the team’s only remaining time out and get the field goal unit in on the field before time expired. Flacco hit Clayton on a bubble screen, a bit of a surprising call with only 9 ticks on the clock but Clayton helped the cause with a heads up play, sliding on his own after the catch and a short run and calling a timeout. He could have advanced the ball farther but time would have expired. Two seconds remained after the stoppage and the heads-up play brought enthusiastic praise from Cam Cameron.
Backup quarterback Troy Smith looked sharp early on throwing darts to Edgar Jones on a deep crossing route from the right hash to the left sideline. The throw was perfectly placed and Jones showed nice hands and footwork along the sideline before getting out of bounds. On the next play Smith hit Figurs streaking down the right sideline for a 48 yard score. Figurs adjusted well to the slightly underthrown pass and beat Phillips on the play.
OTHER NOTES & OBSERVATIONS
OFFENSE: Jalen Parmale is a player who joined the team mid-season in ’08 and didn’t have the benefit of familiarity. That changes this season and that could change the team’s usage of the second year back from Toledo. Parmale has shown a nice burst during the OTA’s thus far. During his senior season as a Rocket Parmale had 276 carries for 1,511 yards and 14 TD’s…Hopeful OT Joe Reitz was schooled by Jarret Johnson and Paul Kruger on successive plays. A bullfighter’s Ole comes to mind…UDFA WR Edward Williams snagged a couple of passes, one a 25 yard heater from Smith. The Lane College product is 6’4” and 215 pounds…Kelley Washington was the most consistent performer among the receivers and scored three times during the session…the Ravens seemed to emphasize a power pitch to a single back set up to the left or the right of the QB in shotgun formation…Demetrius Williams made a nice catch on a comeback route between the sideline and left hash while going up against Domonique Foxworth. After the catch Williams quickly pivoted to his right to extend the play with YAC…those wondering what UDFA WR Eron Riley looks like in practice, let’s just say you saw as much from him at your office today as those of us watching practice.
DEFENSE: Derrick Martin had a nice interception (see above) to go with a couple of passes defended (PD). On one crossing route Martin cleanly batted the ball away from Marcus Smith after trailing slightly behind…Domonique Foxworth showed good closing skills while intercepting one pass and later batting another down…Paul Kruger is menacing during OTA’s. It will be interesting to watch him in camp and then later during the preseason to see if his prowess without pads translates well to full combat duties.
SITTING OUT: A number of players wore red jerseys and participated in a very limited way today or they sat out completely: (Limited) Samari Rolle; Todd Heap; Jason Phillips; Oniel Cousins; Adam Terry; Demetrius Williams. (Out) Willis McGahee; Chris Carr; Fabian Washington; L.J. Smith; Quinn Sypniewski…Some players wore read but still participated (signifying no contact) such as: Ed Reed; Frank Walker; Antwan Barnes; Kelly Talavou.