Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wake-up: Ravens' Yanda out for minicamp
By Jamison Hensley
The AFC North minicamp tour continues as I make my way to the Steelers today. The open locker room period isn't until noon, so don't expect any posts on the Steelers until the afternoon. Unfortunately, I can't give any observations from practice because only local media is allowed to watch workouts in Pittsburgh. But there are no restrictions when it comes to the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Left guard Marshal Yanda is sidelined for the mandatory minicamp and may miss some time in training camp, which is scheduled to start in late July. Yanda had offseason rotator cuff surgery, according to The Baltimore Sun. "We expect him back by camp to some degree," coach John Harbaugh said. "Marshal Yanda has done a great job with the rehab. He's right on schedule, probably ahead of schedule." ... Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that fullback Vonta Leach is scheduled to visit the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, a day after he was released by the Ravens.
BENGALS: Adam Jones didn't speak to reporters Tuesday, but his teammates were supportive of the cornerback who pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. “I hope everything works out in his favor. We’re all behind him and all believe in him,” offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth told the Cincinnati Enquirer, adding, "It is important to watch where you go and what you are doing and try to keep your life as private as possible. That’s not just for athletes but everyone. I mean more and more you are seeing public figures getting in trouble for things 10-15 years ago would have never been found out.” You can listen to the 911 call made by the victim of an alleged assault by Jones by clicking right here.
STEELERS: Speaking to reporters for the first time since the end of last season, offensive coordinator Todd Haley acknowledged he has tweaked his system after talking to players. "I think the hardest thing for everybody is the terminology," Haley said, via The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I've said a number of times that I'm not a system guy. Your players change, hopefully just year by year, but in our case week by week at times. You've got to play to their strengths and you've got to do what they do well according to how defenses try to play against you. The terminology is why I think everybody is a lot more comfortable. Where the input comes in is something I love ... you want your marquee-type players, your big [guys], to have input because they're the ones out there facing the live bullets."
BROWNS: First-round pick Barkevious Mingo told the Akron Beacon Journal that he isn't worried about any delay in his deal. The NFL's current labor agreement virtually eliminates any reason for a first-year player to hold out of training camp. But the Browns may insist on offset language in the contract, which would allow Cleveland to avoid paying a draft pick the remainder of his salary if he is cut and signs with another team. "It’s not on my radar,” Mingo said of the possibility of a delayed deal. “I haven’t even considered it. I’m pretty sure they’ll have a deal done in a timely fashion. Whenever they’re ready, me and my guys are ready. So it’s that kind of thing.”