A late road trip from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh has led to an abbreviated AFC North Wake-up call this morning. I'm providing just the links today, but I plan to touch on some of these topics next week after mandatory minicamps end.
Cornerback Adam Jones, who has had his share of off-the-field problems, is scheduled to speak every day at the rookie symposium later this month. "The message is, this is not a joke," he said. "At the end of the day, you have to treat it like a business."
The Dolphins didn't call the Bengals about their experience with Chad Ochocinco before signing the veteran wide receiver. It should be noted that Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was the Bengals' secondary coach for 11 seasons and has a history with Ochocinco. “Well, I’m sure [Kevin] was able to give some input on Chad and about him and so forth,” coach Marvin Lewis said.
Longtime backup quarterback Seneca Wallace said he doesn't think there's room on the roster for himself, Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy. He also made it known he and McCoy have no desire to be Cleveland's No. 3 quarterback.
Fullback Owen Marecic is better prepared to hold onto his job after dropping his weight from 255 pounds in 2011 to 240 to 245 pounds now. He has cut sweets and fried foods from his diet.
Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was held out of practice due to concerns about his conditioning. The Ravens picked up McKinnie’s $500,000 roster bonus in March after he assured the team that he would be in better shape. Obviously, he hasn't followed through on that.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs announced that he is no longer on crutches and is expected to begin his rehab from Achilles surgery. Suggs said he is "beasting," which I'm assuming is a positive sign.
Recently signed Bobbie Williams worked with the first-team offense at left guard. He's been primarily a right guard throughout his career.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace was an expected no-show at the Steelers' mandatory minicamp. “It’s probably some short-term misery,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
The Steelers' top two draft choices -- guard David DeCastro and tackle Mike Adams -- rejoined the team after being forced to miss all of the full-team offseason workouts. NFL rules prohibit players from showing up at team facilities until their college classes have graduated.
Ben Roethlisberger said he can't wait to be a father. Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their first child, a boy, though the quarterback did not divulge the due date. "Family is super important to me," Roethlisberger said.