Ravens Notebook: Lorenzo Neal hoping for another shot in Baltimore

Street Talk Ravens Notebook: Lorenzo Neal hoping for another shot in Baltimore

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OWINGS MILLS —  Four-time Pro Bowl fullback Lorenzo Neal is on the radar of the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets as the bruising lead blocker has been holding discussions with both franchises.


Neal, 38, has been talking with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as well as Jets coach Rex Ryan.


However, no deal is imminent at this time with the Ravens.


As a vested veteran, Neal will probably have to wait until after the first week of the regular season to be signed unless a team is willing to guarantee his salary for the entire year.


"I want to taste that dream one more time," Neal told the 24×7 in a telephone interview Sunday. "I just want to go to that team that gives me the best chance to get to the Super Bowl. I know the men in Baltimore and John Harbaugh and Ozzie. They know what I can do as far as being a leader with my toughness and blocking.


"Those are the things that play in my favor. I just want to win and Baltimore has a chance to do it, to win the big one. I would love to be a part of it."


Neal said his strained hamstring has healed up quickly since reaching an injury settlement with the Oakland Raiders after being placed on the reserve-injured list during training camp. He’s down to nearly 240 pounds.


The Ravens cut undrafted rookie fullback Jason Cook on Saturday and have just one fullback on the roster. Pro Bowl fullback Le’Ron McClain has been cutting weight since reporting at 270 pounds at the start of camp.


Neal was a good influence on McClain last season and contributed as a lead blocker in short-yardage situations as the Ravens reached the AFC championship game.


"I’m still waiting for that big phone call," Neal said. "I just want someone to pull the trigger. I talked to the Jets, too. They called me. Hopefully, something will happen.


"This is the time to do it. I want to see something happen quickly so I can get in there and start practicing and watching film."


TYREE UPDATE: The Ravens have conducted a preliminary discussion with the agent for former New York Giants wide receiver and special-teams ace David Tyree.


The former Super Bowl hero has also drawn interest from the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams since being cut Saturday.


Meanwhile, Newsome has also been holding conversations around the league to inquire about wide receivers in potential trades.


PRACTICE SQUAD FORMED: The Ravens signed seven players to the practice squad Sunday, including former seventh-round wide receiver Justin Harper.


Harper (Virginia Tech) was running fifth on the depth chart, but struggled with his hands during preseason games and cost himself a spot on the active roster.


The Ravens, who have just four wide receivers on the 53-man roster, also signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Eron Riley (Duke) to the practice squad.


The Ravens signed five other players released during the final major roster cutdown: offensive guard Bryan Mattison (the son of defensive coordinator Greg Mattison), safety K.J. Gerard (Northern Arizona), offensive tackles Joe Reitz (Western Michigan) and Stefan Rodgers (Lambuth) and outside linebacker William VanDeSteeg (Minnesota).


CLAIMED ON WAIVERS: Three former Ravens draft picks were claimed off waivers by other teams Sunday one day after being cut by Baltimore


Former third-round wide receiver and kick returner Yamon Figurs was claimed by the Detroit Lions.


Fifth-round rookie tight end Davon Drew was claimed by the Miami Dolphins.


And sixth-round rookie running back Cedric Peerman was claimed by the Cleveland Browns.


Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
Photo by Sabina Moran.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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