Friday, July 12, 2013
Links: Ellerbe wants to begin own legacy
By ESPN.com staff
SI.com's Chris Burke has a training camp preview for all four AFC North teams.
Will the Ravens run more single-back sets this season under offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell? A number of signs point that way, writes The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel, beginning with the release of fullback Vonta Leach.
Dannell Ellerbe's decision to sign with the Miami Dolphins was primarily based on dollars, but it was also a chance to establish himself with a new team, writes The Sun's Aaron Wilson. Ellerbe: "At the end of the day, it's all about making a name for yourself and going somewhere where you can start your own legacy."
The battle at backup quarterback between John Skelton and Josh Johnson could be one of the most interesting of training camp, writes the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy.
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins has a reputation for being relentless on the field, which is reflected in his offseason regime. Since March he has been working with Clif Marshall, the performance director at Ignition Athletics in Mason, Ohio, writes Carlos "Big C" Holmes of the Dayton Daily News. “What you need to know about Geno is when I look at my attendance sheet over the past three years his name is at the top,” Marshall said. “He’s been here more than any other NFL player we have in the program. Geno is consistent and has a blue-collar approach every day he comes in to work out."
A Mobile, Ala. trucking company is the latest to sue Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J, writes The Plain Dealer's Tom Brenckenridge. The suit claims fraud in diesel gas rebates. Haslam has said he had no knowledge of any rebate shortages.
There is some buzz around what tight end Jordan Cameron could do in Norv Turner's offense. But behind Cameron at the position is "a pile of mediocrity and utility players that are held together by duct tape and hope," writes Peter Smith of Dawg Pound Daily.
Pennlive.com's Dustin Hockensmith continues his training camp preview series with the cornerbacks.
In an interview with 93.7 The Fan, former Steeler Alan Faneca weighed in on how the team's offensive line can jell together. Faneca: “I don’t think someone has to take charge. I think everybody has to take ownership. It’s five guys up there doing one thing, so you can’t just have one guy in charge of the whole situation, because everybody has to make faster than split-second decisions all the time. Everybody’s got to take ownership and be ready and prepared."