- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Ravens reporter
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I watched the Oscars to see how first-time host Seth MacFarlane would fair (for the record, I thought he got better as the night went on). I didn't expect an NFL-related announcement to come during the show. During one commercial break, ABC revealed Ravens wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones will be on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," beginning next month. I will put up a post on this a little later. For the issues not involving the ramba, here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh indicated that the Super Bowl loss to the Ravens won't affect his relationship with his older brother, Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Jim said at the NFL combine that he called John a few days after the Ravens defeated the 49ers, 34-31, in New Orleans. "We just got a strong relationship, and it just always seems to get stronger," Jim Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "Very close. We talked a little bit about the game, and some other things. We discussed some facets of the game, and some other football talk.”
BENGALS: The Bengals were one of the 20 teams who talked to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o at the NFL combine. Te'o has been the most talked-about prospect in this draft because of a bizarre hoax involving an Internet-created girlfriend. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer told The Cincinnati Enquirer that the 15-minute chat focused mostly on football but everything was covered. “Some guys you can tell when they get excited talking about certain things and if they don’t," Zimmer said. "When you go back and start watching the tape I will have known a little bit about his background, watched a little more tape. He can tell you about some of the games he played good and bad in. You can talk to them a little bit about what happened on this play, what you are thinking.”
STEELERS: It may not be an issue with the Steelers that some draft prospects, like California wide receiver Keenan Allen, don't work out at the combine. As Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, the Steelers drafted tight end Heath Miller first round eight years ago without seeing him workout because of injury. "Heath never worked out," general manager Kevin Colbert said. "He had a sports-hernia surgery and, to this day, I couldn't tell you what Heath Miller ran in the 40. And, quite honestly, it doesn't matter."
BROWNS: The Browns might regret not having a second-round pick to use on Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, according to the Akron Beacon Journal's Marla Ridenour. "When he stepped to the podium, EJ Manuel of Florida State commanded it," Ridenour wrote. "At 6-foot-4½ and 235 pounds, he’s an impressive physical specimen with the body of a tight end. But it was more than that. Manuel had the confidence, the presence, the aura of a star." The Browns don't have a second-round pick because they used it on wide receiver Josh Gordon in last year's supplemental draft.
I watched the Oscars to see how first-time host Seth MacFarlane would fair (for the record, I thought he got better as the night went on). I didn't expect an NFL-related announcement to come during the show.