Dre' Bly remaining ready for a call this season
Dre’ Bly has still got the itch to play football.
So, the veteran cornerback showed up to go to work with the Detroit Lions on Thursday, one of about 30 players at a workout.
Bly, who turns 34 on Sunday and was released by the Lions before the start of the last regular season, wants to get back in the groove. He did strength and conditioning drills and participated in drills with defensive backs.
“This is better than going up to Lifetime (Fitness) to work out with a trainer and dealing with the activity going on around the gym -- and I have to deal with answering questions all the time about football and stuff like that,” Bly said, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
“Just getting a workout, keeping my body fresh, just in case I get a call -- a good call," Bly added. "I still feel like I can play the game. If I do get a call after the CBA and all that stuff works out, I feel like it’s sort of in a veteran’s favor like me, because the undrafted free agents, them guys can’t really get signed right now.
“For guys like them, the time they have to show who they are to impress coaches and teams is times like now. So it sucks for them, but for veterans, for a guy like me, it ain’t a good thing, but I’m going to keep myself fresh just in case.”
It was surprising the Lions didn’t do more in the draft to aid their secondary. It would be surprising if they turned back to Bly for help, especially after he sat out a season. Stranger things have happened, though, and you never know who might call him.
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