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Faster Zibby More Of A Playmaker


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Tom Zbikowski offered a perfect example of his improved speed Thursday morning when he took a Joe Flacco interception to the end zone.

Thursday wasn't a great one for Billy Cundiff, who was the Ravens' featured kicker in practice.

He missed three attempts, sailing 32- and 51-yarders wide right, and a 43-yard try to the left.

That doesn't mean Cundiff is behind in the race with Shayne Graham, however.

"I think the competition is going really well," Cundiff said. "If you take away today, I thought so far I've had a really good training camp. And then the thing to keep in mind is that it's a marathon, not a sprint for us. So, we've got to come out day-in-and-day-out and string together a couple of weeks and lay it all out there and see who's the best."

Graham admitted he's had his rough patches, as well.

"I think I've had one day where I wasn't happy with the way things ended up," said Graham. "That's going to happen. Do I expect it to happen? No. Am I happy with it? I'm completely unsatisfied with it.

"My only thing I can do now is continue to be confident, not let that bother me and think about what opportunities I've been given at this point - keep kicking and capitalize on the opportunities I'm given."

Three Players Try Out

The Ravens worked out three players on the practice field after Thursday's morning session.

The team did not reveal the names of any player taking part in the audition. A report from the Carroll County Times surfaced before practice saying the Ravens had a tryout scheduled for cornerback Chris Hawkins, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in July.

The tryouts were viewed by General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta and members of the Ravens' personnel staff.

Bulger Bangs Finger

Quarterback Marc Bulger briefly left the field with a trainer after getting hit in the finger with a snap.

He returned shortly thereafter. Harbaugh said the situation was not serious.

"It's not broken and should be fine," said Harbaugh.

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