Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Wake-up: Ravens not frontrunner for Leach
By Jamison Hensley
With not much on the radar these days in the division, we're still on Vonta Leach Watch in the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Early Monday, there was speculation that the Ravens were still in the running to re-sign Vonta Leach. But, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Ravens aren't the frontrunner to sign the Pro Bowl fullback. Schefter posted this on Twitter: "It will be a major upset if former Ravens FB Vonta Leach winds up anywhere other than Miami. Dolphins want him too much." Leach told Sirius Radio that he's "keeping all of our options open." The Ravens released Leach on June 11 after the sides failed to reach an agreement on a pay cut.
BENGALS: Former Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is extremely optimistic about the team's future. "The Bengals got it going," Houshmandzadeh told Sirius Radio, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. "They are probably going to be one of the best teams for the next five to six years. All of their core players are young. All of their players are ballers. Marvin (Lewis) is a hard coach but a cool coach at the same time. He's not going to let you get away with noting but he's not going to grind you out either. The sky is the limit. If you look at the AFC with core pieces and young talent, you have to put them at the top."
STEELERS: Cortez Allen feels he's ready to be a full-time starter in the NFL. He's expected to replace Keenan Lewis at the left cornerback spot. "Anybody who plays the game of football has dreams of one day being a starter," Allen told the team's official website. "At least they should have those kinds of aspirations. Since Day 1 this is what I wanted. If that is not your mindset, to compete at that high of a level, then you are in the wrong sport. Athletics is not your thing. Everyone should have that aspiration to one day be a starter. That is my goal. That is what I work for, to compete with the best." In three starts last season, Allen had two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
BROWNS: The Browns struggled mightily with play-action passes, according to Football Outsiders. Cleveland's quarterbacks committed eight turnovers during play-action, tied for the second-highest total in the league. Also, on play-action passes, the Browns gave up 11 sacks (tied for fourth-most in the league) and allowed defenses to have a league-high 63 percent success rate in stopping Cleveland’s offense. In other news, the Browns hired Zak Gilbert as director of communications. He was the director of media relations for the Oakland Raiders last season.