Tuesday, May 22, 2012
AFC North OTA quick hits
By Jamison Hensley
Here are some quick hits from the first day of offseason training activities in the division:
BENGALS: Brandon Tate lined up as the No. 2 wide receiver in the first day of OTAs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. This shows that the Bengals have been impressed with Tate's training this offseason. He didn't have a catch last season, but I think he will have an impact beyond being a returner. He came from a totally different offense in New England and needed a full season to adjust. Tate will compete against Jordan Shipley, Andrew Hawkins, Ryan Whalen, Armon Binns and rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.
BROWNS: Colt McCoy took the first snaps in most drills, including team ones, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But the favorite to win the job remains rookie first-round pick Brandon Weeden. The more interesting tidbit was how McCoy addressed a report that the Browns told him they wouldn't draft a quarterback in the first round. No "he said, she said," McCoy told reporters in his first comments since Cleveland drafted Weeden.
RAVENS: No media access for the opening of Baltimore's workout. I will be attending the open practice Wednesday.
STEELERS: As expected, wide receiver Mike Wallace didn't attend the workouts today. He has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender. But there was a surprise. Safety Troy Polamalu, who usually skips these practices, was in attendance and plans to be at all the OTAs. "It's my time to be around the team a little more," Polamalu said.