(Yes, I know the Ravens can’t “work out” those guys, since they are already on rosters. Shut up.)
With Derrick Mason still “unofficially” (as far as we know, he still hasn’t filed papers with the league) retired, the Ravens are scrambling to bolster their receiving corps. They announced that they will hold another WR tryout this Friday, much as they did a few months back when they decided to sign Kelley Washington. So far, the only disclosed names have been D.J. Hackett (who decided to skip out on the last tryout) and Drew Bennett.
Bennett, an 8-year veteran out of UCLA, was last with the Rams, where he played only 1 game in 2008, catching 1 pass for 4 yards. Previously, though, he had some decent seasons for the Tennessee Titans, most notably in 2004, when he caught 80 passes for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has never shown that he can consistently put up numbers like that though, as his non-2004 highs are 58 rec, 738 yds, and 4 TD. It isn’t inconceivable that Bennett could be a poor man’s Derrick Mason-type, but it’s doubtul he will be quite the safety valve for Joe Flacco that D-Mase was in 2008.
Hackett, entering his 6th year out of Colorado, played in 9 games for Carolina last season, catching 13 passes for 181 yards. His career highs all came in 2006 with Seattle, when he snagged 45 balls for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns. Hackett seems much less proven than Drew Bennett at this point, but may also have a bigger upside.
The name Marvin Harrison has also been tossed around as a possibility, but rumor has it that old Marvin is planning to wait until later in the summer to make a decision on a team.
Whoever the Ravens decide to go with, the fact remains that Mason has put them in quite a bind. John Harbaugh is still scheduled to meet with Derrick at some point soon to try to talk him out of retirement, but this tryout seems to hint that the organization doesn’t have too much confidence that Harbs will be able to get Mason back.
As for us, we’ll keep holding our breath that Derrick “Purple Heart” Mason will be on the field for B’More on September 13.