In a 30-24 loss to the New York Giants on Thursday, Boller did nothing to erase the perception that he has supplanted incumbent Chris Redman. Boller started again and completed 7-of-9 passes for 99 yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 152.1. Redman completed only one of six passes for 11 yards and a 39.6 rating.
Asked if he felt he had done everything possible to cement his burgeoning status, Boller said: "I do. I'm not a guy who looks back on anything. I try to prepare the best I can. I'm going to continue to do that regardless of what happens."
It was something of a whirlwind progression for the former Cal quarterback whom Baltimore traded a first-round pick and a second-round pick to acquire. Boller missed the first week of training camp as a contract holdout. After agreeing to a five-year deal worth up to $20 million, he had to catch up fast. "You're not young for long," Boller said. "I had to mature and be a man about it."
MIXED BAG: After fumbling a punt away in his preseason debut from a knee injury, return specialist Lamont Brightful had returns of 16 and 19 yards on Thursday. Overall, though, the special teams were a mess and contributed heavily to Baltimore squandering a 17-0 lead.
… Linebacker Terrell Suggs didn't record a sack or a tackle, but the first-round pick nearly intercepted a pass. He leapt in the air to deflect Jason Garrett's pass, but bobbled the football away.
... The defense surrendered just a dozen yards in forcing three Giants punts to open the game.
… Offensive tackle Ethan Brooks has a bad case of offsides. He jumped again against the Giants and has been prone to penalties all month.
INJURY UPDATE: Randy Hymes is out for the season after reportedly rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. Fullback Harold Morrow (forearm contusion) and guard Jim Jones (sprained knee) ard center Casey Rabach (sprained knee, ankle are the other new injuries.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.