Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Wake-up call: Minicamps start today
By Jamison Hensley
CINCINNATI -- The mandatory minicamps for the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers all begin Tuesday. I'm here in Southern Ohio to get my first look at the 2013 Bengals. Media availability is later in the morning, and practice is in the afternoon. I plan to have my first post from here early in the afternoon. I'm guessing coach Marvin Lewis will be asked about a certain cornerback who is in trouble yet again.
Here's the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: A week after President Barack Obama called Joe Flacco "elite," the Ravens quarterback received praise from one of his newest teammates. “He’s a lot better [than I thought],” Michael Huff said, via the team's official website. “I knew he was good before, but just seeing him every day in practice, just seeing him put the balls here in certain places; I’ll think I have great coverage and somehow he’ll find a way to squeeze it in there.”
BENGALS: Among the standouts in the spring offseason workouts has been cornerback Brandon Ghee, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. Ghee, a third-round pick in 2010, missed all of last season with a broken wrist. "He has the speed and athleticism to stay with the top receivers and looks more fundamentally sound in coverages," Reedy wrote. Ghee has been getting plenty of work with all of the injuries to the Bengals' cornerbacks this offseason. His role could increase more if Adam Jones is disciplined by the NFL for his latest off-the-field incident.
STEELERS: Fullback Will Johnson believes he will be used more in the passing game, especially if tight end Heath Miller hasn't recovered from knee surgery by the start of the regular season. “We are doing a lot more; that's been evident [during OTAs],” Johnson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “In the red zone, they put some angle routes in there for me. We are doing a lot of things. If they are impressed, they will show me by adding plays where I can get out in some routes, particularly in space. That's how I will know if they are interested in using my hands.” Johnson had 15 catches last year for 137 yards and one touchdown.
BROWNS: John Greco made 11 starts at guard for the Browns last season after Jason Pinkston was lost for the year with a blood clot. With Pinkston back, Greco knows he won't be handed the job. "I'm going to have to earn a spot again," Greco told The Plain Dealer. "We're happy to have (Pinkston) back, he's a really good player. It will be good competition for everyone." Greco, Pinkston and Shaun Lauvao have rotated with the starting offense throughout the spring offseason workouts.