Thursday, June 20, 2013
Links: Browns bolster scouting department
By ESPN.com staff
Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun previews the Ravens' Week 1 matchup with the Broncos in Denver.
With Matt Birk's retirement, the Ravens are looking to Gino Gradkowski to take over at center, writes Aaron Wilson of The Sun. So far this offseason, reviews of Gradkowski's performance have been positive. Quarterback Joe Flacco: "Matt was a great center, and I think Gino has done a great job last year of picking the offense up and being able to kind of get in there right away and do pretty good."
Switching teams has not mellowed former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, writes Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com.
Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who is to speak at the NFL Rookie Symposium, said he'll talk with the rookies about his inability to escape his past, writes Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY Sports. Jones: "No matter how much I've done to improve or give back to the community or just growing as a person, the first time something pops up, it's all, 'Well, he's done this in the past.'"
While cornerback Nate Clements would like to reunite with the Bengals, the interest doesn't appear to be mutual at this point, writes Josh Kirkendall of Cincy Jungle.
The Browns added five new scouts Wednesday, reports Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. Frank Edgerly, who spent the past four seasons with the Patriots, was named a senior pro scout. Brent Blaylock, Brendan Donovan, Matthew Manocherian and Patrick Moore were added as college scouts.
Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature looks at the bottom half of the Browns' running back depth chart in an ongoing training camp preview series.
What can veteran receiver Davone Bess offer the Browns? Jared Luginbill of Browns 101 explores.
Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports has a preview of the team heading into training camp.
A judge denied the Steelers' plans to have taxpayers help pay to add 3,000 seats to Heinz Field, ruling that the team failed to show that an addition or modification was installed in at least half of the 30 other NFL stadiums with at least 25 percent of the cost borne by federal, state or local governments, reports Adam Brandolph of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.