Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Wake-up: Haslam's contingency plan?
By Jamison Hensley
BEREA, Ohio -- It's Day 2 at Cleveland Browns training camp. The blog will be heavy on the Browns today. But, as everyone knows, each AFC North team gets some attention in the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Once considered the nose tackle of the future, Terrence Cody is now fighting for a roster spot. The Ravens moved Haloti Ngata to the starting nose tackle spot and drafted another interior lineman Brandon Williams in the third round this year. "I feel like it's competition," Cody told The Baltimore Sun. "It's not winning it back. It's letting them know I can play and can start on the defense and I'm not done. I'm working hard every day, every practice. I'm trying to get back out there."
BENGALS: The Bengals are having joint workouts with the Falcons in Atlanta, but they are not at full strength, especially on offense. In addition to being without left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee), three of their top four receivers are sidelined. A.J. Green is back in Cincinnati rehabbing from a knee bruise, Andrew Hawkins is dealing with a sprained ankle that could keep him out for an extended period and Marvin Jones is not playing because of a hamstring injury. Quarterback Andy Dalton put a positive spin, saying it gives more snaps to Dane Sanzenbacher, Cobi Hamilton and Ryan Whalen. "It’s good to see that the talent we have," Dalton told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "Good to see the guys get the work. They wouldn’t be getting the work if it wasn’t for injuries. They’ve done good things.”
STEELERS: With the outside linebackers not getting to the quarterbacks like they've done in the past, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has given a new assignment to his defensive ends. "We definitely need to get more pressure up front," Brett Keisel told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There's been an emphasis more on [ends] getting on the edge rather than just pushing the pocket, getting on the edge and trying to make something happen." The last defensive end to lead the Steelers in sacks was Aaron Smith with eight in 2004.
BROWNS: Jimmy Haslam's father would take over the Browns if the Browns owner was forced to step down, sources told the Sports Business Journal. Haslam's family-run business, Pilot Flying J, is under federal investigation. According to the Sports Business Journal, there are no indications right now that Haslam would have to remove himself as owner. “To our knowledge, no decision to step back has been made, so looking into who would take over is purely speculative," an NFL spokesman told The Sports Business Journal. Haslam's father, Jim Haslam II, founded Pilot Flying J in 1958 and is now 83 years old.