OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just two days before the Baltimore Ravens face the New York Giants at M&T Bank Stadium in the most significant of their four preseason games; eight Baltimore Ravens were not present during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday.
WR Demetrius Williams (ankle) has not practiced since getting in hurt in last Saturday’s win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. He told reporters he’d still try to get on the field Saturday night, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said he was likely a “game-time decision.”
DT Terrence Cody (knee) missed practice for a 3rd straight day. He told the media yesterday he thought he would play Saturday night against the G-Men.
OL David Hale (tailbone), OT Oniel Cousins (concussion), OT Jared Gaither (back), OL Daniel Sanders (shoulder) and CB Marcus Paschal (leg) all missed practice again with lingering issues.
WR Eron Riley (back) missed a 2nd straight day of practice-he had attempted to participate early on but back pain forced him back to the locker room. He wouldn’t rule himself out for Saturday night either.
DT Brandon McKinney (knee) returned to practice field after missing Wednesday.
S Ed Reed, RB Matt Lawrence, LB Brendon Ayanbadejo and LB Sergio Kindle remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
CAMERON WANTS RAVENS TO HOLD ON TO BALL: Cam Cameron didn’t even wait to be asked a question to address his biggest area of concern with his offense.
“The first thing we need to work on Saturday night is ball security” said the offensive coordinator. “We think we’ve emphasized it enough, but obviously we haven’t. We’re going to try to get that corrected.”
The Ravens fumbled the ball four times in their win over the Skins last Saturday, although they lost the ball just once. In their first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers they also fumbled four times, losing three.
Cameron says the Ravens have a technique for holding on to the ball, which was implemented by Running Backs coach Wilbert Montgomery.
According to Cameron, “It’s one hand until you can’t secure it with one hand, and then it’s two.” After that, “it’s take care of that ball any way you can. Get us to the next down. You’re carrying this entire state, all the Ravens fans, the entire organization. When you’re carrying that ball, that’s who you’re carrying with you.”
Cameron concluded his turnover sermon by adding “I think we’ve just got to develop a mindset where we’re under no circumstances-regardless of the hit-going to turn the ball over.”
NOTES: Ravens Offensive Linemen ran receiving routes during the portion of practice open to the media, highlighted by one-handed catches from Michael Oher and Matt Birk……Hear from Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison, Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg and RB Ray Rice NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net……LB Tavares Gooden joined Drew Forrester Thursday morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well. CB Domonique Foxworth (IR-knee) is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 9:30am, LB Jason Phillips is scheduled at 7:20am Friday.