Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Links: Johnson likely to play under tag
By ESPN.com staff
Terrence Cody has made steady progress in rehabilitating his hip after offseason surgery, but the fourth-year nose tackle is unlikely to be 100 percent by the start of training camp in two weeks, reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
The Sun's Matt Vensel sizes up the New England Patriots, who will be the Ravens' opponent in Week 16.
The Ravens lost a lot of veteran leadership this offseason, but one of those departed veterans, center Matt Birk, believes the team's future is bright, writes Bo Smolka of Comcast SportsNet. “The Ravens may be better next year," Birk said in a NFL Network interview. "It's a different team, and it's built a different way."
With less than a week left for teams to reach agreements on long-term deals with players who received the franchise tag, it looks as though Michael Johnson will play this season under the $11.175 million tag, reports Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Cincy Jungle has a preview of the defensive tackle position heading into training camp.
Center Frank Gatski comes in at No. 20 on the Plain Dealer's list of the top 100 Browns of all time.
There are a number of changes coming to the game-day experience in Cleveland. There will be a new pregame tailgate, updated player intros, an all-female drum line and ... Wiener dog races, reports Will Burge of ESPNCleveland.com.
First-round pick Jarvis Jones knows he has a rich tradition at linebacker to live up to in Pittsburgh, writes Loran Smith of GeorgiaDogs.com. Jones: "The winning tradition [in Pittsburgh] is something you appreciate, but also in my case, there is a linebacker tradition in Pittsburgh. You have a lot to live up to when you think about their great linebackers over the years."
Rapper Mac Miller, a Pittsburgh native and lifelong Steelers fan, talked with the team's official website on what makes the Steelers special: "Being from Pittsburgh the Steelers are our representatives. They represent us and we them. It’s one thing that brings the city all together. I remember the first Super Bowl we won in my lifetime and after the game just running around the city and everyone celebrating. It just brings people together. Everyone has emotional attachments. When the Steelers win, everyone is happy. When they lose, everyone is sad."