Washington Targets Training Camp Return

The speedy Ravens cornerback is looking to be more consistent in 2010.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Those concerned about the depth of the Ravens’ cornerback corps can let out a slight sigh of relief.

Cornerback Fabian Washington, who began the year as a starter, expects to be back to full strength by the time training camp rolls around in August.

“The schedule is for me to be ready for training camp and we’re definitely on schedule for that,” Washington said Monday. “Right now, I’m not close. But I think by training camp, I’ll be ready to rock and roll.”

Washington’s knee injury ended his season on Nov. 22, 10 games into the Ravens’ campaign. He was then replaced by Lardarius Webb, who sustained his own knee injury four games later.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that the word from Head Athletic Trainer Bill Tessendorf is that Washington and Webb are “very much on pace, if not ahead of pace.”

Harbaugh said seeing how they handle football-related movements in May and June will be important in determining whether they will be ready to play when the season starts.

As of now, Washington walks fine and without a limp. He was present for the Ravens’ first day of voluntary workouts doing his usual upper-body routine and also working out his knee.

“I can do pretty much anything right now at a slow pace,” Washington said. “You want me to run? I can run. It’s just going to be slower than people are used to seeing.”

Washington’s calling card during his five years in the NFL has been his 4.3s speed. So following his injury, the former first-round pick has concerns about whether he will ever be able to fully regain his quickness.

“It’s always sitting in the back of my head,” said Washington, who is a restricted free agent. “As much as I’m going to say I’m ready, you never know till you go full throttle. And I haven’t done that yet.”

Besides regaining his strength, Washington wants to become more consistent. Washington and the Ravens secondary surrendered 421 passing yards in San Diego, 426 yards in Minnesota and 369 yards in Cincinnati.

Washington said his technique needs improvement, because last year, he let receivers get too close to him, giving them a chance to run by before he could catch up.

“It was a roller coaster ride for me last year,” Washington said. “It seemed I would have a good game, have a bad game, have a good game, have a bad game. You can have five good games, then an off game. That happens, it’s the NFL. But you can’t trade good and bad and that’s what I was doing last year.”

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