Late For Work 5/8: McBean Suspension Dropped To Three Games

Intriguing kicker battle ahead. SNL mimics ‘Hot In Herre’ dance. QBs to fear B-more less?

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 8:57 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

McBean Suspension Dropped To Three Games

Before the Ravens signed defensive tackle Ryan McBean to a reported one-year contract Monday, the former Bronco had already settled his lawsuit complaint against the NFL, according to The Denver Post.

Two sources confirmed to The Post that the NFL reduced McBean’s suspension from six to three games in exchange for dropping his lawsuit.

McBean had sued the NFL after it handed down a six-game suspension for violating the performance-enhancement policy. He accused it of not following proper testing procedures and mishandling his urine sample.

“We’ve done our research and consulted with the league office about Ryan and then signed him,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said Monday when the team announced the signing.

McBean is eligible to take part in all offseason activities and preseason practices, according to The Carroll County Times. Should he make the team, he will be eligible to play in regular-season games starting in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns.

After starting 21 games for the Broncos the last three seasons, Denver rescinded McBean’s unsigned restricted free agent tender that would have paid him $1.3 million in 2012.  The team added other players through free agency and the draft at the position.

Despite his three-game suspension, McBean brings a lot of upside to the Ravens’ defensive line.

“The reason the Ravens are giving McBean a second chance is because he’s only 28, has experience as a starter and recorded a career-high four sacks last season,” wrote ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

After losing Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney to the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, the Ravens needed to replenish their defensive-line depth, which they heavily rely upon to stop the run.

“I can tell you this, their whole approach to the defensive interior, the defensive front, is to rotate a lot of guys in and they’ve suffered some loses there,” John Eisenberg told PFT Live. “They need guys. They need bodies in that defensive interior and I think that’s what you’re looking at right there. [McBean is] just someone else that can compete for a job in the rotation of guys that they put in there to try to stop the run.”

Intriguing Kicker Battle?

Undrafted free agent kicker Justin Tucker indicated that the team has told him he will compete for the starting kicker role against the man he grew up watching: incumbent Billy Cundiff.

The Ravens still strongly support  Cundiff after missing a potential game-tying field goal with seconds remaining in the AFC championship, but it is common for the team to bring in competition at all positions.

“They want to create a competition,” Tucker told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. “I remember watching Billy in middle school and high school. I know he’s a good kicker, and he’s certainly done some good things. I’m looking forward to a chance to compete. I’m going to do my thing and make the most of the opportunity.”

The Ravens aggressively recruited Tucker, a University of Texas product, as they reportedly called him shortly before the end of the seventh round to make their recruiting pitch. Special Team Coordinator Jerry Rosburg held a private audition the Tuesday prior to the draft, Wilson reports.

Tucker also received offers from the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears, but he decided on the Ravens partly because of Head Coach John Harbaugh’s background as a special teams coach.

Making 17 of 21 field goals for the Longhorns, Tucker boasts his ability to make kicks in clutch situations.

“If you’re playing this game, you had better want to have the ball in your hands,” Tucker said. “You want to be the guy who hits the walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Otherwise, why play the game. Clutch kicking and kicking accuracy are my strengths. I’m athletic, but I can get bigger and stronger.”

He became a “folk hero” after making a 40-yard, game-winning field goal in a rowdy atmosphere to beat archrival Texas A&M.  Adding to the electric atmosphere was that it may have been the final game between the two as the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference.

“Their fans are pretty dang loud,” Tucker said. “They register on the Richter scale. They sway back and forth before the fourth quarter. They create a little movement on the seismograph. Being able to block out that stuff is the most important part of any field goal. You have to be able to visualize and have a very specific plan for each kick.”

The Ravens have yet to officially announce their undrafted free agent signings.

SNL Mimics Ray Lewis Dance

Ray Lewis and Kenan Thompson have similar physiques, right?




That’s why it was amusing to watch Thompson don a Lewis uniform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and mimic No. 52′s introductory dance when he runs out of the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium.

With Giants Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning as a guest star, SNL did a skit where Manning awkwardly tried to come up with various touchdown celebration dances for the “Madden” video game. Showing Manning how it’s done, SNL actors played other NFL stars and mimicked their popular dances.

That’s where Thompson comes in and shows off Lewis’ “Hot In Herre” routine (hat tip to The Sun’s Matt Vensel).

Quick Hits

  • Will quarterbacks fear Baltimore less with Terrell Suggs out of the lineup? Even if Suggs couldn’t make a play, just the threat of him coming off the edge changed how quarterbacks play Baltimore, wrote Hensley. [ESPN]
  • Keep an eye on undrafted free agent fullback Chad Diehl, who the Ravens reportedly signed last week. “[He] was a notorious sledgehammer in college, spewing bodies on blocks and special-teams hits,” wrote Eisenberg. “The 6-2, 265-pound crusher does play like a Raven and could make a run for a roster spot if he shows up well on special teams. One observer wrote that Diehl, while not especially athletic, was put on the football field for one reason, to destroy people.” []
  • 334Upshaw41: 3 more days till I’m taking off for Baltimore!! ✈✈✈ [Twitter]
  • TeamFlacco: Celebrity server tonight at Mortons Steakhouse in Baltimore, event benefits Matt Birk’s HIKE Foundation. [Twitter]
  • TorreySmithWR: @michaeloher @rayrice27 we are working  [Twitter]

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