CAMP NOTES DAY 7

Camp Notes CAMP NOTES DAY 7

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From the start of today’s practice Brian Billick seemed intent on keeping the offense focused and nearly hell bent on improving upon their poor execution yesterday.  At times it worked and at times it didn’t today at McDaniel College.
 
Billick’s determination was shared by a couple of the other offensive coaches, particularly WR Coach Mike Johnson and Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster.  Both coaches are generally involved, hands-on and quick to point out the positive and the negative.  Their trigger switch on both was a bit twitchier today.
 
Foerster barked at guard Chris Pino to “have a sense of urgency.”  Later he grilled another lineman.
 
“I don’t care where he lined up.  All I know is you don’t know your job.”
 
Billick chimed in with his fair share of clearly directed shots.  When Quinn Sypniewski lined up on the right side of the line instead of the left prior to a running play, Billick screamed, “Quinn, you are pissing me off!”
 
Earlier Sypniewski did his best impersonation of Todd Heap going high to pull in a pass between the hash marks from Kyle Boller.
 
A few plays after Sypniewski’s gaffe it was Musa Smith who plucked Billick’s nerves after failing to execute a simple 20 Dive.  Smith ran to the right looking to take the ball off tackle when the third and one live play called for Smith to take the handoff from Steve McNair directly up the middle.  It left McNair naked in the backfield.
 
“Musa, that kind of mistake can cost you the damn game”, Billick shouted emphatically.
 
Billick was also quick to praise.  After UDFA WR Damien Linson fought through traffic to come back to a pass thrown by Troy Smith, Billick lauded the effort.
 
“That’s clutch.  Nice job!”
 
Troy Smith looked better today than he has during most days at McDaniel.  He delivered an excellent pass to Kendrick Ballantyne in traffic and the TE did a nice job of securing the well thrown ball.  Smith also did a nice job during red zone one-on-one drills connecting with UDFA WR Leo Bookman.
 
Derrick Mason took a leadership role today after a bad offensive outing and did his best to inspire teammates with his spirited play and spirited support.  During one on one drills as an observer, Mason tried to pump up Yamon Figurs telling the rookie receiver that Willie Gaston’s leg was twitchy and that he had him beat already.  Unfortunately the pep talk revved up Figurs a bit too much as he ran a double move to take Gaston deep unbeknownst to Kyle Boller who threw the pass based upon the pre-snap play call.  Gaston intercepted.
 
Later Mason tangled with the combative Corey Ivy during 7 on 7’s.  The battle was fierce but Mason was able to pull in the perfectly thrown pass from McNair along the sideline.  Immediately after the catch, Mason spiked the ball at Ivy’s feet in an attempt to involve the crowd.  Mason accomplished his goal to the chagrin of the constantly battling Ivy who appeared none too pleased.
 
On a similar route moments later run by Mark Clayton, again with Ivy covering, Ivy exacted a bit of revenge as Clayton failed to hold on after a bump in the back from the Ravens’ nickel.
 
Ivy ran with the first team through all of the 7 on 7 drills as Samari Rolle sat on the sideline atop a cooler with his pads off.  No word yet on why.  The guess here is that it was heat related.
 
Earlier in 7 on 7’s Demetrius Williams easily ran by coverage on a streak pattern from the left slot.  Boller’s pass was well thrown and it looked like it would hit Williams in stride for the score.  Williams didn’t finish as the ball bounced off his hands.
 
Other observations…Derrick Martin, Jamaine Winborne and Ronnie Prude all played well in 7 on 7 drills and in full team scrimmaging.  Prude does have a tendency to use his hands far too much beyond 5 yards during one-on-one drills…Archbishop Curley coaches Dan Popera (along with his daughter Beth) and Sean Murphy were on hand for today’s practice as the Ravens’ guests…Kelly Gregg, Mike Smith, Dan Cody, Jonathan Ogden all sat out.  Clarence Moore returned to practice although his reps were limited…Antwan Barnes worked out in individual drills and said that he’s closing in on 90% with the ankle.  He hopes to be ready to go against the Eagles on Monday…The red zone running game was effective and physical and resulted in two scores, one from the first team offense v. the second team defense (capped by a McGahee waltz in).  The second team offense also scored from 12 yards out on a Mike Anderson delay between Brian Rimpf and Mike Kracalik.  The play left Trevor Pryce and Ray Lewis consulting D-Line coach Clarence Brooks on what they need to do to correct that breakdown.
 
Red Zone One-on-One Drills

 
Receiver
Defender
Advantage
Comments
Mason
Oglesby
Mason
McNair
Williams
Martin
Williams
McNair
Darling
Ivy
Darling
McNair, TD skinny post
Clayton
Prude
Prude
McNair; contact from Prude, likely penalty
Bryant
Pittman
Bryant
Boller
Linson
Maze
Linson
Boller
Figurs
Gaston
Gaston
Boller; intercepted by Gaston; Figurs alters route after Boller commits
Willis
Martin
Martin
Smith
Bookman
Blackshire
Bookman
Smith
Williams
Prude
Williams
McNair; TD after great sell by Williams on post corner
Mason
Oglesby
Mason
McNair; TD
Clayton
Maze
Clayton
McNair; TD
Darling
Ivy
Darling
McNair; TD
Linson
Martin
Linson
Boller
Bryant
Pittman
Pittman       
Boller; tight coverage all over
Willis
Prude
Willis
Boller; TD
Figurs
Gaston
Gaston
Smith
Williams
Martin
Williams
McNair; TD
Bookman
Blackshire
Bookman
Smith; nice catch on end line

 
More observations…Before starting scripted plays in full team scrimmaging Chris McAlister looked across the line of scrimmage at Derrick Mason and said, "Code Red 85!"…Justin Bannan played solidly filling in for the injured Kelly Gregg…The Ravens are utilizing a quick pitch to both the right and the left.  McGahee and Anderson are sliding and reacting decisively and with purpose when they see an opening…Reserve center Ikechuku Ndukwe and Kyle Boller had some exchange issues with direct snaps…Atiyyah Ellison had a sack…Prescott Burgess continues to play well…Jared Gaither jumped on McNair’s hard cadence…Samari Rolle has been in position a few times during camp to make interceptions during scrimmaging.  His coverage has been solid.  Perhaps the old push-up penalty should be implemented again for dropped INT’s.

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