Late For Work 5/13: Mason, Lewis To Conduct Team Workouts

Plus re-draft has 4 Ravens moving up, and former Ravens 3rd-string QB may start for Skins.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 9:34 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Mason, Lewis To Conduct Team Workouts

Receiver Derrick Mason and linebackers Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson are combining efforts to get their teammates together for informal team workouts at Towson University in two weeks, according to various outlets.

Additionally, quarterback Joe Flacco reached out to his two newest receivers, rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss, to participate in the practice sessions, reports the Carroll County Times.

A total of 20 to 25 players are expected to attend.

Scheduled for May 24-26, workouts will begin with weightlifting from 8 to 9 a.m. and they will move to the field from 9 a.m. to noon for conditioning drills and throwing sessions.

While it’s good for Ravens veteran leaders to take on this initiative since they aren’t permitted at team facilities during the lockout, former Ravens head coach and FOX Sports analyst Brian Billick doesn’t see many tangible football benefits coming from players’ informal workouts.

“The current trend of players getting together on their own will inevitably wear out due to both a lack of funds and organization,” Billick wrote yesterday. “It is all well and good to show the pro-active ‘we are getting ready’ face to the world, but there is no way players will put themselves through the exhaustive process needed to sufficiently prepare themselves, either mentally and physically, to optimize their time in training camp.”

In addition to about 20 workout opportunities teams usually have during offseason organized team activities (OTAs), Billick explained teams will get in another 20 practices during training camp prior to their first preseason game.

It’d be tough for players to match those 40 workout/practice opportunities, and without coaches present, player workouts can only have a limited effect.

“Regardless of how active the players may have been individually or collectively, the coaches will be forced to start at square one should a labor agreement be reached in time to have a full training camp,” Billick added.

“You cannot rush the process.”

NFL Re-Draft Has Four Ravens Moving Up

Draft gurus frequently praise Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome for his ability to find top-10 talent even if he is sitting at the back of the first round.

Pro Bowlers Lewis, tight end Todd Heap and safety Ed Reed are all classic examples.

But Rick Reilly’s re-draft on ESPN shows that Newsome has continued that late-round gem-finding trend through the 2006-2008 drafts.

After observing how each player has panned out with three years or more in the league, here’s where the Ravens’ first-rounders should have gone, according to Reilly, and a few other later-round picks that should have gone in Round 1:

DT Haloti Ngata; original pick No. 12; re-draft pick No. 2; change +10
2007: G/T Marshal Yanda; original pick No. 75; re-draft pick No. 11; change +64
2007: G Ben Grubbs; original pick No. 29; re-draft pick No. 60; change -31
2008: RB Ray Rice; original pick No. 55; re-draft pick No. 4; change +51
2008: QB Joe Flacco; original pick No. 18; re-draft pick No. 11; change +7

Everyone on the list moved up in the draft with the exception of Grubbs. It’s tough to regret taking Grubbs at No. 29, however, especially when considering he started 12 games as a rookie and has played in every game during his career (64), producing the Ravens fourth-longest active streak. He’s also been a Pro Bowl alternate the past two seasons.

The Ravens ranked eighth in the team plus/minus re-totals with 112 points, following New Orleans (266), Green Bay (224), Indianapolis (223), Denver (206), New York Giants (172) Tennessee (149) and Minnesota (139).

Former Ravens Third-String QB Might Become Redskins’ Starter

Former Ravens third-string quarterback John Beck may be in line for a starting role this season for the Redskins, says Mike Jones of The Washington Post.

Despite a need at the quarterback position, Washington passed on Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert last month in the NFL Draft and didn’t take a passer with any of their 11 picks.

The reason might have something to do with Beck’s promising future.

"Let me say, when John Beck did come out [in 2007], I had him rated as the top quarterback coming out that year, and I didn’t even think it was close," Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "I evaluate the quarterbacks every year, and I do have confidence in John Beck."

A starter has not been officially named yet, but Beck said the team told him he will compete for the job.

The 29 year old is entering his fifth season in the NFL after being drafted out of Brigham Young University by the Miami Dolphins and then Head Coach Cam Cameron. Beck was the fourth quarterback (No. 40) to be taken that year behind JaMarcus Russell (Raiders, No.1), Brady Quinn (Browns, No. 22) and Kevin Kolb (Eagles, No. 36).

“He has always been tough, he is extremely bright and coming out of college, we just thought he was extremely accurate, and that is still true to this day,” Cameron said. “Just like most guys, it takes time to develop. There is no doubt he has starting NFL ability.”

Quick Hits

  • 1WinningDrive: Jimmy Smith’s high school (Colton High, CA) had most picks in NFL Draft this year with 3. Other 2 A. Bradford (Tampa); S. Wright (San Diego) [Twitter]
  • Foxworth24: @DonteStallworth thanks for asking. I am feeling great. I lift everyday. My legs are so strong right now. [Twitter]
  • NBC’s Cris Collinsworth believes that if the lockout isn’t lifted, we won’t have football until at least November and maybe even lose the entire season. Assuming the lockout continues, Collinsworth’s timeline is as follows: negotiations will begin at the “real deadline” which is the start of the season, three weeks of negotiations will follow, then one week of free-agent negotiations, two weeks of training camp and finally a preseason game or two. Hello November. [Twitter]
  • The NFL’s locked-out players asked a federal judge Thursday for at least $707 million in damages stemming from a dispute with the league over $4 billion in broadcast revenue. [Associated Press]
  • I know this video has been out there for a while now, but I wrote Late for Work from a hotel room in Rome this week and my wifi connection was brutally slow. I wanted to embed this in LFW then, but couldn’t get the video to work. Soooo, here it is now in case you haven’t seen it yet. Willis McGahee teaches a few dance moves, including the Carlton:


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