Friday, June 1, 2012
AFC North links: Weeden's goal is playoffs
By ESPN.com staff
Ryan McBean, a former Broncos defensive lineman, appears to be off to a good start with the Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. "I just want to show my ability to get to the quarterback and stop the run," McBean said. "We've got guys here already that can do that, and I can add to that.
LaQuan Williams says he needs to expand his game as a receiver to make the team.“I have to make plays on both sides of the field, on offense and special teams, to make sure I’m here," Williams told Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun.
Center Kyle Cook talks about breaking in two new teammates -- guards Travelle Wharton and Kevin Zeitler -- on the offensive line with Geoff Hobson of the team's website.
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer employed some new, complicated schemes during this week's organized team activities, which not only showed who could handle the mental workload defensively, but also were a new challenge for second-year quarterback Andy Dalton, reports CBSSports.com's Paul Dehner Jr.
Dalton was pleased the league decided to continue the Pro Bowl. "It’s great that they decided to keep the game around. It is an awesome experience, and an honor to get to play in the game. And I’m glad they kept the game in Hawaii. It’s a great reward at the end of the season," Dalton said via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
When asked by ESPN Playbook what his "welcome to the NFL" moment was, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden said, "Honestly, just walking through the locker room, seeing the team lockers, being in an environment where you see a lot of pros. I’ve been through it with baseball obviously, but being in the locker room, when you’re the quarterback, kind of the face of what’s going on, that means a lot. After draft day, coming in on that Friday, seeing what was going on, that was special."
Playoffs? Weeden's goal is for the Browns to make the postseason, something the team hasn't done since 2002. “Obviously, you’ve got to take it one step at a time, and our goal is to get in the playoffs ... and once you get in the playoffs try to take it one step forward," Weeden said via Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository.
Former wideout Hines Ward has signed on to be a TV analyst with NBC, according to Michael Hiestand of USA Today.
Safety Myron Rolle, a Rhodes Scholar and former Tennessee Titan, is trying to revive his football career with the Steelers, the AP reports.
Receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Todd Haley's new offense (via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): "It’s definitely fun for a young guy like me. I was only in Bruce Arians’ system two years, so the change wasn’t that a big of a deal for me. But for Ben[Roethlisberger], a guy who has been in the NFL for nine years and been in the same offense, I can understand why it’s a little difficult."