Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Wake-up: Weeden not looking over shoulder
By Jamison Hensley
The good news for Jacoby Jones is he advanced to the finals of "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday night. The bad news for the Baltimore Ravens is Jones advanced to the finals of "Dancing With the Stars." Jones' success on the ABC series means the team's potential No. 2 wide receiver will miss the start of offseason workouts next week. But, since next week is the show's final week, he still will be able to attend the team's mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled for June 11-13. Now let's slide our way to the wake-up call, where dancing shoes are never required ...
RAVENS: The Super Bowl champions will hold a private ring ceremony on June 7 when players, coaches and staff members will receive their championship bling. According to the team's official website, owner Steve Bisciotti looked for input into the ring's design, including from quarterback Joe Flacco and linebacker Ray Lewis. Images of the ring haven't been released but it surely will include more diamonds than what the local mall jewelry store has in stock.
BENGALS: When Cincinnati reached an agreement with James Harrison on April 19, I made the point that the linebacker will bring attitude to the Bengals' defense. Cornerback Adam Jones obviously agrees. "He gives you that swagger and that seal," Jones told the team's official website. "When you mail out the letter you have to make sure you put a stamp on it. Well, he's the stamp." I will have more on Harrison's revealing news conference later this morning.
STEELERS: In a conference call with season-ticket holders, general manager Kevin Colbert said linebacker Sean Spence is progressing from a devastating knee injury he suffered a year ago. "Sometimes it takes over a year to fully rehabilitate," Colbert said, via the team's official website. "But the good thing is we are seeing signs of progress, albeit small steps. But it is progress. Sean’s attitude is off the charts. He wants to rehab. He wants to be a great player. He is working hard to get there. He is making small progress, and as long as he is making progress, we will be patient with him and hopefully get him back at full speed at some point.” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he expected Spence to make a full recovery, which came a week after linebackers coach Keith Butler said it would be "miraculous" if Spence ever came back.
BROWNS: Quarterback Brandon Weeden doesn't seem fazed by the talk that he'll face tough competition from Jason Campbell for the starting job, according to the team's official website. "At this position – which, to me, is the hardest position in sports – you can’t be looking over your shoulder all the time," Weeden said. "You’ve got to worry about what’s most important, and that’s me getting better, building on what I did last year, and continue to grow as a player. And, if I can do that, and not really worry about what’s going on around me, and kind of have that tunnel vision, that’s going to make me a better player and that’s going to make this team better."