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Saturday, August 14, 2010
Walker's weekend mailbag

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Let's see what's in the weekend mailbag:

Becky from Galloway, Ohio, writes: Any chance the Cincinnati Bengals will cut J.T. O'Sullivan or Jordan Palmer?

James Walker: This has been a hot topic in Cincinnati, Becky. I suggested before the preseason started that the Bengals should at least consider keeping two quarterbacks to save a roster spot at receiver, defensive back or linebacker. The coaching staff could not be encouraged with what they saw last week against the Dallas Cowboys, but the good news is the Bengals have five preseason games this year. Let's see if the quarterback play improves this weekend.


Nick Kenner from Florence, Ky., writes: With the recent injury to Brian Leonard of the Cincinnati Bengals, what are the chances the Bengals will try to go after Brian Westbrook?

Walker: This isn't going to happen, Nick. Leonard's prognosis was better than expected and Cincinnati already signed running back James Johnson to fill in for the time being. Keep in mind, Leonard was only the third running back. The Bengals don't need to sign a potential starter like Westbrook to replace him. Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott will get the bulk of the carries.


Ben from Grocton, Conn., writes: Is there a chance rookie receiver Emmanuel Sanders gets playing time as the No. 3 receiver?

Walker: The Steelers are comfortable with Antwaan Randle El as their No. 3 receiver, Ben. Sanders has good potential, but the team needs some proven veterans on the field offensively while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger serves his conditional six-game suspension.


Patrick from Columbus, Ohio, writes: Is it possible that the Steelers could re-sign Willie Parker?

Walker: Patrick, last I checked Parker signed with the Washington Redskins.


Joe from South Bend, Ind., writes: How much will the Cleveland Browns' offensive line help quarterback Jake Delhomme?

Walker: This is probably the best thing going for Delhomme, Joe, because from what I saw in camp this week, the receivers and offense in general are not very dynamic. The line should help give Delhomme some time in the pocket and boost the running game.


CJ from North Carolina writes: What's the word from camp regarding James Davis?

Walker: Davis looks decent, CJ. But he's not lighting up training camp the way he was a year ago. The preseason will be big for him, because the Browns have a lot of running backs.


Broderick Ramsey from Los Angeles, writes: What will the Baltimore Ravens do about their secondary?

Walker: There's been a lot of trade speculation lately, Broderick, but the Ravens will have to give away a good player to get a good player. Would they be willing to trade running back Willis McGahee, for example? I’m not sure. Baltimore could also just wait it out and see if its two cornerbacks -- Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington -- get healthy enough for the regular season.


Jonah from Minot, N.D., writes: Are you much of a "Madden" gamer, JW? Also, what's your favorite team to use?

Walker: I am officially retired this year, Jonah. I don't have much time anymore during football season. But I used a variety of teams when I played just to keep things interesting.

Complaint department

Here are this week's comments and complaints from our AFC North community:

Silas Fontain from Denmark writes: Steelers fans are entertaining. Last year around this time they were the kings of everything coming off their Super Bowl win, and nobody would beat them. This year the Bengals fans are high on their division title, and the Steelers fans are the one's trying to talk about reality. Oh boy, memory is short.

RJ from Virginia Beach, Va., writes: With mistakes in Super Bowl XL, I guess we're supposed to assume that a different team would have won if not for the mistakes, right? But anyone who saw that game knows that the Steelers had the better running game and defense. Besides, several times the officials have admitted to making mistakes that hurt the Steelers -- most notably in that playoff game against Jacksonville. So, it balances out.

Kizzie from Iraq writes: Being from Baltimore, I hate the Steelers and love the Ravens. But with that said the Ravens' and Bengals' opening schedules are brutal. The Steelers will still be in the division race after Ben Roethlisberger's suspension.

Kenny from Cleveland writes: Could you be any more in love with the Bungles right now?

Nick Langseth from Minneapolis, Minn., writes: I am a huge Bengals fan from North Dakota and have had to endure terrible Bengals teams in my youth. So now I am savoring every good moment I can. I love the Bengals.

Brian from Erie, Pa., writes: Why does every athlete hate on Cleveland so much? Let me put it this way. You can constantly play on the "rookie" level in Madden and always win the Super Bowl. But its gets boring. Winning on "All-Madden" is something you have to work for and is so much more rewarding when you finally get there. Players want fans to worship them, but hate when we come down on them for not performing their jobs. Sure, you can play in Jacksonville and never get booed, but that's because people don't care. If a team ever wins in Cleveland, they will be loved forever unlike anyone has seen.

AFC North blog hater of the week

Unconvinced from Indiana writes: You've spent the early part of your career covering Ohio teams. You LIVE in Cleveland. How do you expect anyone to believe you'll write objectively about other teams in the AFC North?

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