Ravens Wait to Move on Tyree

David Tyree worked out for the Ravens this week, but he won’t be signed by the season opener.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens worked out former New York Giants wideout David Tyree on Tuesday, and according to head coach John Harbaugh, he aced it.

While there is a chance Tyree could sign with Baltimore as early as next week, the Ravens are going to “take it slow” regarding the former Super Bowl XLII hero.

“He’s not a Raven at this point,” Harbaugh said before Wednesday’s practice.  “We saw a lot. David Tyree did a tremendous job.

“He got after the workout. He attacked the workout, and that’s the way he’s played all those years.”

Harbaugh knows what Tyree is capable of as a receiver and special teams standout for the Giants.  Twice a year from 2003-07 – when Harbaugh was coaching with the Philadelphia Eagles – the two faced off on opposite sidelines.

“Having had a chance to go against him in that division [NFC East] all those years, and then having a chance to see him personally go through the workout and get to know him, he’s everything we thought he was,” said the coach.

Tyree was waived by the Giants after battling groin, hamstring and knee injuries in training camp and not playing in the final two preseason contests. 

“We’ve just got to see, make sure he’s 100 percent ready to go and get some of the little things healed up,” Harbaugh continued.  “That’s probably the main thing right now. We’ll take it slow at this time. In the mean time, he may sign with somebody else, but we’re going to take that part of it a little bit slower.”

The news of a potential signing of a fifth receiver has not rattled the Ravens current group of four wideouts – Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Kelley Washington and Demetrius Williams.

“The organization knows – they’re very good. They know what we need to win games. They’re going to put us in the best position to win ball games,” said Clayton, who is working to recover from a hamstring injury.  “As players here, we feel like we have what we need. We’ve got what it takes. We’ve got the talent. We’ve got guys that can get down the field, underneath – make big plays, make tough plays.

“Anything, you name it, we can do it. We know what we can do.”

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