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Drew Bennett upbeat following Ravens tryout

Veteran wide receiver Drew Bennett expressed optimism following his tryout today with the Baltimore Ravens that he will be signed to a contract after being asked to stay in town for a physical this afternoon.

Bennett worked out at the Ravens’ training complex this morning along with D.J. Hackett, Chris Hannon and Justin Brown.

“I’m going to get a physical right now,” Bennett said. “They said they really liked what they saw and we’re going to take it from there.

“Hopefully, it means good things. Hopefully, it means that they’ll be looking to sign me if I pass the physical.”

Bennett is a former St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans starter who was cut by the Rams this offseason two years after signing a $30 million contract. He caught one pass last season as he was plagued by a foot problem that he said is behind him.

Now, he’s looking to prove himself all over again.

“That passes so quick,” Bennett said. “I’m probably healthier now than I was two years ago. And two years ago I was the hot commodity. People were asking to fly me around. Now, it’s like I’m begging to get in the door.

“It definitely makes me a little bit hungrier to prove myself. When it’s low expectations, I seem to do well. I think it’s a good spot for me. Hopefully, I can get in the door and impress some people and play.”

Bennett said that the foot injury is definitely no longer an issue.

“It took a lot longer than I thought it would,” Bennett said. “I thought it would only be six to eight weeks, but it was bothering me all the way up until February.

“It took a little while. I wanted to get back to where I don’t feel it at all. It’s been probably three months now since I felt it at all.”

The Ravens are considering their options since two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Derrick Mason surprised them by announcing his retirement.

The team has remained in contact with Mason, who hasn’t filed his retirement papers with the league. Mason’s decision is far from final at this point.

“D-Mase is still a good friend of mine,” said Bennett, who played with Mason in Tennessee. “If I do end up coming here, it would be nice to have a guy that I’m familiar with and friends with. D-Mase will find his way. He’s always been very passionate. I think if he’s ready to take the next step in his life, then so be it.”

While he was leaving team headquarters, Hackett indicated that he wasn’t asked to stay for a physical and was headed to the airport.

Hackett, who has played for the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks, appeared somewhat glum following the workout.

“I’m going back home,” Hackett said. “The workout went good, it was just running routes. Everything went fine.”

Hackett was invited to try out for the Ravens during a minicamp earlier this year along with Kelley Washington, Jerry Porter and Tab Perry. However, Hackett was unable to attend the workout due to his wife’s pregnancy.

The Ravens wound up signing Washington to a one-year, veteran minimum contract.