Ray Lewis ready to bounce back

Ray and Jamal Lewis both looked primed to bounce back from disappointing seasons, writes Michael Smith.

Originally Published: August 10, 2006
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Here are five observations on the Ravens, based on their Aug. 9 practice:

Ray Lewis is back, and he has his team back. He lost the team and the city in the offseason with his complaining about the organization. He alienated his teammates sitting alone on the sideline last season. Even Lewis and good friend Ed Reed bumped heads a bit, both frustrated about their injuries and a season that ended with a 6-10 record. Lewis attended voluntary workouts in the offseason and hasn't missed a padded practice in camp. All the controversy over his contract and being traded appear to be behind him. Lewis and Reed are even rooming together again. "He's mended the fences well," a team official says. We'll see how Lewis responds to adversity this season.

Michael Smith

NFL Senior Writer
Michael Smith joined ESPN in July 2004 as a National Football League senior writer for ESPN.com, covering league news and major events such as the NFL Draft, NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl, and continues to write breaking news stories. He is also a correspondent for E:60, ESPN's first multi-themed prime-time newsmagazine program, which debuted October 2007.