Wednesday, May 30, 2012
AFC North links: Wallace upset with status
By ESPN.com staff
The Ravens signed undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker, perhaps, Matt Vensal writes, to put some pressure on veteran Billy Cundiff.
Damian Berry, who made the team as an undrafted free agent last season, has been getting many of the first-team reps at running back in organized team activities with Ray Rice out of the picture, reports Jason Butt of CBSSports.com.
Kicker Mike Nugent, who didn't play much of the 2009 season after being cut twice, tells CBSSports.com that he's fine wearing the Bengals' franchise tag.
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is happy with the competition at the wide receiver position. "We’ve got some good competition. They are all excelling and taking the challenge right now. Nobody is hanging their head about not getting a rep here or there, they are all competing, they are all attentive in the meetings, and they are all positive guys to have on the team right now," Gruden said.
Wide receiver Jordan Shipley, who's rehabbing from an ACL injury, had his most active day of OTAs on Tuesday, and Jay Gruden said he "wouldn't be surprised if [Shipley] is 100 percent by training camp," reports Paul Dehner Jr. of CBSSports.com.
Tim Bielik of the Morning Journal took exception with Hall of Famer Jim Brown's unflattering assessment of new Browns running back Trent Richardson. "There is already enough negativity around the Browns that Brown just needs to shut his mouth," Bielik writes.
Ryan Clark admits he probably talked "a little too much" last season. So the Steelers safety says he'll make an effort this season to "be a little less controversial so the young guys can just play and not deal about hearing things about me," reports Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Ike Taylor says his teammate, receiver Mike Wallace, is upset with his contract status, reports Kaboly. "There is a lot of frustration with Mike right now,” Taylor said. “He wants to be here. ... But at the same time he wants his paper. Mike feels like he outperformed his last contract. But he’s dealing with a monster, and that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers … they are not going to let you dictate to them on how you feel."
Recently retired receiver Hines Ward not only has a cameo in the upcoming Batman installment "The Dark Knight Rises," but, USA Today reports, that gig will also be memorialized in the form of an action figure, due in November, showing Ward in his Gotham Rogues uniform.