Monday, July 8, 2013
Links: Bengals aim for balance on offense
By ESPN.com staff
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun: "When training camp launches later this month at team headquarters, a faster, more assured [Bernard] Pierce could pay significant dividends for the Ravens as they attempt to defend their Super Bowl title. As the primary backup to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, Pierce is looking to emerge as a bigger scoring threat by finishing off long runs after scoring one touchdown last season when he occasionally flashed breakaway skills."
Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com looks at the competition at nose tackle and defensive tackle.
Maintaining balance on offense remains a top priority for the Bengals. “It’s not always the yardage total that’s most important,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “When your back is carrying 25 times, it means that even though the yardage will vary, you’re controlling the ball, controlling the clock, and keeping your defense off the field. As it shows for us, that is very likely going to be a winning combination.”
Team owner Jimmy Haslam says the Browns are not for sale.
Linebacker Walt Michaels comes in at No. 21 on The Plain Dealer's list of the top 100 Browns of all time.
Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "The best part about Big Ben's visit to Big Ben last week was the picture that captured the moment for history's sake. The photographer did a fabulous job finding just the right angle to make Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger look every bit as tall as the London landmark. Roethlisberger almost seemed larger than life. That started me thinking. That's how Roethlisberger must play this season if the Steelers are going to get back to the playoffs and take a run at another Super Bowl. Maybe not larger than life. But better than ever."
What was Isaac Redman's "welcome to the NFL" moment? He answers that question and more in a Q&A posted on the team's official website.