Wednesday, August 14, 2013
AFC North players on the bubble
By Jamison Hensley
A look at some players on the roster bubble heading into Week 2 of the preseason:
RAVENS: WR LaQuan Williams. The Baltimore native was the star of the preseason opener for the Ravens, recovering a fumble on special teams and scoring touchdowns off a blocked punt and on a 21-yard catch. While he doesn't figure into the current logjam at the No. 2 receiver position, he has a great shot at making the team by being one of the Ravens' core special-teams players.
BENGALS: WR Dane Sanzenbacher. To be honest, I considered Sanzenbacher a long shot before he showed off his playmaking skills in the preseason opener. He scored touchdowns on a 71-yard punt return and a 36-yard pass from John Skelton. On the scoring catch, Sanzenbacher made it look to0 easy when he outran the Falcons defenders on a seam route. His chances definitely increased with the ankle injury to receiver Andrew Hawkins, who likely will be placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list (which opens up a roster spot).
STEELERS: LB Adrian Robinson. He made the 53-man roster last year as an undrafted rookie and played in 12 games. But his spot is far from guaranteed. Robinson had a solid preseason opener, scoring a touchdown off a botched snap and recording three tackles. He needs to show the ability to not only get pressure on the quarterback but deliver the sack.
BROWNS: K Brandon Bogotay. General manager Mike Lombardi said the preseason will play a big factor in the team's kicking battle. Bogotay will get to handle all of the kicking duties Thursday, from kickoffs to extra points to field goals. The Browns want to see how he holds up because he was a kickoff specialist in college. Shayne Graham, who hit a 41-yard field goal in the preseason opener, is a 12-year veteran and the Browns know what he can do. If the competition is close, some have suggested that the Browns will go with the rookie because he has a higher ceiling, which may mean Graham has little margin for error.