Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Wake-up: Life after Ray Lewis for Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
It's a defense-themed edition of the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: The Ravens held their first full-team practices since the retirement of linebacker Ray Lewis. But there really hasn't been much of an adjustment yet. As coach John Harbaugh pointed out, Lewis never attended these voluntary minicamps anyway. “So I’d say it’s business as usual," Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. "It’s normal, but Ray’s a part of us. He’s always going to be a part of us, just like all the other guys that have played here are always a part of us. Those guys are always welcome. They are back from time to time."
BENGALS: The Bengals have signed nine of their 10 draft picks. What's next? Other than signing first-round pick Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati will look to reach a long-term agreement with defensive end Michael Johnson. The Bengals haven't signed a player to an extension the season they’ve franchise-tagged him since running back Rudi Johnson in 2005. “All of that stuff will take care of itself," Johnson said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I’m here. I enjoy being here and as long as I’m here I’m going to give them everything I’ve got.”
STEELERS: Unlike Keenan Lewis a year ago, Cortez Allen isn't making any predictions of going to the Pro Bowl in his first season as a starting cornerback for Pittsburgh. "I'm a very humble guy," Allen told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I just come to work every day and try to get better and better so I can help my team the best I can." In replacing the injured Ike Taylor for the final three games last season, Allen recorded two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
BROWNS: Cornerback Joe Haden told the team's official website that he is finding a comfort level with Ray Horton's 3-4 defense after six offseason practices. “Everybody’s getting really comfortable,” Haden said. “Me, (safety) T.J. (Ward), (inside linebacker) D’Qwell (Jackson), everybody’s just knowing the system, and we’re way more comfortable making checks a lot easier, making earlier checks before we see things happen and it’s flowing. It’s flowing really well for us right now."