Late For Work 8/13: Lewis Says Reed Is ‘Feeling Good’

Plus was Willis dangled as trade bait? And Harbaugh’s not voting for McClain.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 9:04 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison
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Lewis Says Reed Is ‘Feeling Good’

Linebacker Ray Lewis gave what feels like an annual television interview while he and the other starters rested during the second half of the Ravens’ first preseason game.

In the interview, ESPN’s Suzy Kolber asked Lewis about his “gut feeling” on teammate and All-Pro safety Ed Reed’s return from offseason hip surgery.

Baltimore Sun’s Edward Lee characterized Lewis’ response as optimistic.

“Just to listen to him, I think he’s excited just about his improvement and where he is,” Lewis said. “The surgery is healing kind of fast. I won’t really speak for him. I just speak about what he’s told me. He’s just feeling good, and anytime you can come out of surgery and hear somebody is feeling good, that’s all you can ask for.”

Lewis didn’t have much to say in response to Kolber’s question about the Jet’s first episode on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

He congratulated former Ravens Defensive Coordinator and current Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and said, “We’re going to be working, and we’ll see them Week 1.”

McGahee “Showcased” For Possible Deal?

Before last night’s matchup vs. the Panthers,’s Gregg Rosenthal said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ravens “showcase” running back Willis McGahee in light of the circulating rumors that he could be offered in a possible deal for a cornerback.

“One reason why the Ravens might be willing to trade Willis McGahee is their growing confidence in running back Jalen Parmele, who should get a large number of carries in Thursday night’s preseason opener,” The Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley wrote.

McGahee only had one carry last night, but he stood out in the passing game with a series of screen-play catches. He garnered 37 yards on four receptions.

According to Ken Murray of the Sun, Parmele didn’t help himself last night with a fumble that gave Carolina a third-quarter touchdown.

“If the Ravens are really going to consider dealing veteran running back Willis McGahee, they’ve got to be able to count on Parmele or Steele to help out,” Murray wrote.

“Trading McGahee may be the prudent thing to do if the Ravens get the cornerback they covet. But it will come at a potential big cost.”

Writing from his Twitter account after the game, Parmele seemed to agree with Murray’s assessment of his performance against the Panthers.

“I apologize for my piss poor performance tonight. …I will bounce back,” Parmele wrote.

Meanwhile, running back Ray Rice didn’t notch a single carry as the Ravens opted to keep him safely rested on the sidelines for most of the game.  But for anyone who may be worried about his absence, Rice reassured everyone he is fine.

“People don’t be upset that y’all ain’t see much of me tonight,” Rice tweeted after the game. “trust me I’m ready the coaches know what they are doing” (sic)

Harbaugh: I’m Not Voting For McClain

Even Rice has been seen sporting full back Le’Ron McClain’s campaign T-shirts,” Mo Carries, Mo Touchdowns”  and “McClain 4 RB.”

McClain’s grassroots efforts seemed to produce some results with Rice resting on the bench Thursday night. The 6-0, 260-pound bruiser carried the ball four times for 21 yards.

But Head Coach John Harbaugh appears happy with the regular running back rotation.

“I’m not voting for McClain, even though he gave me one of his T-shirts,” Coach Harbaugh said. “It was good to see him run hard. We know he can play, and we’re having fun with him.”

Cundiff Taking Early Edge In Kicking Battle?

ESPN’s James Walker said Ravens kicker Shayne Graham had a “mixed debut” in Baltimore after successfully converting a 32-yard attempt and then missing from 50 yards before halftime.

“Every kick for Graham will be under the microscope during his competition with incumbent Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff,” Walker added.

Edward Lee of the Sun agreed by saying, “Billy Cundiff made his case to win the Ravens’ kicking battle with a solid showing in the first half.”

Both competitors drove their kickoffs into the endzone, resulting in touchbacks. Cundiff converted an extra point, but didn’t notch any field goal attempts.

Quick Hits

The Ravens’ second and third-round picks, Ed Dickson and Terrence Cody, looked like they belonged in the NFL in their first game action as pros. [MASN]

The ESPN Monday Night Football crew met with Ravens backup quarterback Marc Bulger before Thursday’s game, and described him as a “defeated guy.” []

Adding another speculative possibility for a trade partner, Tim Kavanagh wrote the New England Patriots could be interested in McGahee and have a bit of depth at cornerback to trade. [ESPN]

“The Ravens know they can run. But the coaching staff wants to see where the passing game is after making several key acquisitions at wide receiver and tight end,” wrote James Walker. “Led by third-year quarterback Joe Flacco, the passing game looked much improved.”  [ESPN]

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