Even though linebacker Rolando McClain "bombed" his workout for the Ravens earlier this week, the team has reinstated the former first-round pick according to the NFL's official transaction report.
Here's what NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala had to say about McClain's workout:
Rolando McClain got his workout w the Ravens and I'm hearing it was NOT a roaring success. Didn't finish conditioning test, didn't do drills— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 15, 2014
Fans shouldn't look too much into McClain's reinstatement because he's still far away from proving himself worthy of a spot on the Ravens 53-man roster. As the Ravens commence their offseason training program on April 21st, it would be wise for McClain to show up and go above and beyond expectations if he wants to continue his NFL career in Baltimore or elsewhere.
Failing the conditioning test is easy to do, especially if you haven't played in a season. However, it makes no sense for the Ravens to not invite McClain in for more of an evaluation. Currently, the team is still thin with proven inside linebackers and could benefit from a career turnaround - that is if McClain has actually improved that much.
As of now, the Ravens currently have Daryl Smith, Arthur Brown and Josh Bynes as their primary middle linebackers. I
McClain is still a few Hail Mary's away from having a prayer to make the Ravens, but at least convincing the team he should be reinstated from the reserve/retired list has to be a start. There's little to be desired about McClain at this point besides potential if he resurrects his career. Aside from being a former first-round pick and having a few years of NFL service under his belt, McClain has certainly all but ruined his chance to have a long and prosperous career in the National Football League.
If he's in Baltimore, at least he's not in Decatur, Alabama where he has shown it's hard to stay out of trouble when he returns home.
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