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Late for Work 3/31: Ravens On Hand To See Dez Disappoint

Also schedule announcements are coming and M&T will get louder.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 9:02 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Ravens On Hand To See Dez Disappoint

With growing concerns about Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant’s character, he needed an outstanding pro day workout yesterday to rescue his plummeting draft stock. That didn’t happen.

“I think the NFL scouts and coaches in attendance at Dez Bryant’s private workout today — and there were a ton of them — left with more questions than answers,” said Mike Mayock of NFL.com. ”I went into the workout with Bryant as my No. 3 best football player in the country — not the No. 3 best wide receiver, but the third-best football player in the draft.

“I’m going to completely have to reevaluate where I have this guy going in the draft.”

According to reports, Bryant’s 40-yard dash times, failure to complete a handful of shuttle drills, stamina and conditioning were all called into question. However, other measurables (vertical jump and broad jump), his strong hands and body control were praise worthy. To see for yourself, this NFL.com video shows Bryant running his workout drills.

One wonders if Ravens wide receiver coach Jim Hostler, who was in attendance according to NFL.com, came away with the same disappointing feelings.

If interested in Bryant, the Ravens may need to review game tape and do more homework on Bryant to prevent yesterday’s uneven performance from having too much weight. But, after missing 10 games in 2009 because of a suspension for lying to an NCAA investigator, scouts will have to dig deep into the archives to find film.

Will past performances be enough to save Bryant’s spiraling stock?

“His slide could be significant based on the comments I’ve heard,” Mayock said. “Would it surprise me if he went around No. 10? No. Would it surprise me if he went, say, 25? Absolutely not. And he could fall anywhere in between.”

If Bryant does fall to No. 25, has Bryant done enough to impress Ravens brass? It would be difficult to pass up such an intriguing prospect if that unlikely scenario did come to pass.

Schedule Announcements Today at 3 p.m. 

It’s not the primetime and Thanksgiving game announcements we have been waiting for more than a week to receive, but the league will announce the preseason schedule today at 3 p.m., according to USA Today.

We already know the preseason kickoff will be the Bengals vs. the Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.

A rumor is beginning to run the Web that the regular season schedule will be announced on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. because Ryan Cardinal of Vikings.com has found via TVGuide.com that ESPN2 will air an “NFL Schedule Release Special” at that time.

NFL Drops 21-Year-Old Prohibition

Go ahead, make some noise!

That’s because the NFL dropped its 21-year-old prohibition against home teams using video boards to encourage fans to pump up the volume. The amended rule is part of an effort by the league to improve the in-stadium fan experience, according to the Sports Business Journal.

Previously, teams had been prohibited from flashing on video boards phrases or visual noise meters to motivate fans to get loud. Under the new guidelines, teams can use those messages up until 15 seconds before the ball is snapped.

With upgrades to the M&T Bank Stadium video boards (currently being implemented even as a write this blog), combined with the dropped rule, this will be a great opportunity for the Ravens’ gameday crew to get creative and make it even more difficult for visiting offenses to get past Baltimore’s defense. My ears will be ringing … this should be fun.

Quick Hits

  • University of Cincinnati offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbachm and South Dakota State linebacker Danny Batten visited Baltimore this week, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes denies hurting a woman who says he threw a glass at her in an Orlando nightclub, according the Associated Press.
  • Kicker Jason Elam will sign a one-day contract with the Denver Broncos so he can retire with the team he played with for most of his career, according to the Denver Post. I wonder if Matt Stover and the Ravens would ever consider doing the same?

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