In the aftermath of
Bryan Mattison, the son of former defensive coordinator
"I don't know if you're ever comfortable playing center," he said. "If there is a comfort level to playing center, then I've got a long way to go. I've got a lot to learn. But, like I said earlier, with our coaches and our guys on the line, hopefully, I can learn it pretty quick."
Playing center is not an entirely unfamiliar assignment for Mattison, who filled that role on the scout team last season.
"I played it on scout team when I was on the practice squad," he said. "So I was going against [two-time
Mattison's brief tenure with the first-team offense has been decent, but he did incur the wrath of offensive line coach Andy Moeller when a botched exchange with quarterback
Mattison said he had no objection to the team's decision to move him from guard to center.
"They just tell me where to play, and I play it," he said. "I've got a long way to go to learn center. But I've got great coaches here, great players on the team who help me learn. So that makes it a little easier for me."
Dickson to miss preseason opener
"We'll get him back whenever we get him back," Cameron said. "Hamstrings can be a little bit tricky."
In a related move, the team added tight ends Jonathan Stupar and
Stupar wore No. 86, which was
To make room for them, the club waived rookie safeties Eugene Clifford and Michael Ricks.
Kindle gets green light for opener
Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said outside linebacker
"We're being pretty cautious with him still," Pagano said of Smith, who missed four straight practices before he participated briefly in workouts on Saturday and Monday. "He jumped in there [Monday] and did a little bit of special teams, and he got a few reps here and there. But we're making sure we don't push him too hard and he has another setback."
Kindle, who missed the 2010 season after fracturing his skull in a fall, will play in the Ravens' sub defense and in pass-rush situations.
"We want to get him out there, put him on the edge and let him go," Pagano said.
Pollard off to good start
Since signing with the Ravens last week, strong safety Bernard Pollard has made a good first impression on the team. But he is rankled by the talk that he has deficiencies in the back end.
"The type of player that I am, I'm a hard-nosed player, and I believe with any player in the
Pollard, who had five sacks, seven interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and eight forced fumbles in 76 career games with the
Free-agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday. ... Cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Carr and defensive end Cory Redding did not practice Monday. Both Carr and Redding were present from the start of practice, and Foxworth walked out to watch midway through the session. The reasons for their non-participation were not disclosed. … Birk (left knee), wide receiver James Hardy (hamstring) and running Matt Lawrence (unspecified) also did not practice. … Long snapper