AFC North: Johnathan Haggerty

Seven-step drop: Preseason edition

August, 20, 2010
8/20/10
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The 2010 NFL season is heating up as we get closer to the regular season.

Therefore, here is another preseason edition of the "Seven-step drop."
  • As the Antonio Bryant saga continues, here is another question that hasn't been addressed: How did Bryant pass the Cincinnati Bengals' physical in the first place? Teams often require thorough medical checks before making large investments in players. Bryant obviously convinced the Bengals his knee will be fine to the point where the team felt comfortable giving him a four-year, $28 million contract. But with rumors circulating that he might never see the field for Cincinnati, the Bengals’ medical staff deserves a lot of blame for this current debacle.
  • An interesting comment from our recent interview with Baltimore Ravens kicker and former Bengal Shayne Graham was in regards to Baltimore’s training facilities. Although he didn’t mention his former team, Graham’s immense praise of Baltimore’s facilities could be viewed as an indirect jab at the Bengals. Recently we reported one point of contention between Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and ownership was the lack of an indoor practice facility.
  • The AFC North blog predicts this will be the year Isaac "Redzone" Redman makes the Pittsburgh Steelers' 53-man roster.For the past two seasons, the former undrafted tailback has taken advantage of limited opportunities. Although he’s somewhat of a cult favorite in Pittsburgh, he remains an unknown in NFL circles, and the Steelers were fortunate to be able to hide Redman on their practice squad. But if Redman continues to lead the team in rushing this preseason, which he’s currently doing, chances are another team will notice if he’s on the practice squad. So far in camp, Redman is still the team’s best short-yardage option.
  • Here is something to keep in mind about Pittsburgh's quarterback race: If Dennis Dixon is the starter, the Steelers have to make a lot of changes to their offense.The playbook and scheme were built around franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Dixon, with his penchant for scrambling, is a different quarterback, which makes it challenging for the other 10 players to adjust. The Steelers want Dixon to stay in the pocket more after his first read, but that’s not the type of quarterback he is at this stage. But there might have to be some concessions on both sides to make Dixon fit if he wins the job.
  • It remains to be seen if the Baltimore Ravens are the best team in the division, but they are certainly the biggest. The Ravens are impressively large when you watch them in practice, particularly on the offensive and defensive line. The Ravens have always invested a lot of resources in winning games in the trenches, and this year is no different.
  • I'm intrigued to see rookie quarterbacks Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams and Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns go head-to-head Saturday. Both players were college rivals and highly-touted entering the draft. Now they are considered the long-term solutions at quarterback for their respective franchises. But perhaps the biggest difference is money. Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick, got an immense contract for six years and $78 million, with $50 million guaranteed. McCoy, a third-round pick, signed a four-year, $5 million deal with the Browns.
  • It was a tough break for undrafted rookie receiver Johnathan Haggerty, who was put on injured reserve this week.He suffered an undisclosed injury and will be out for the season. Haggerty, from Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State, came out of nowhere and was one of Cleveland’s surprise players this offseason. He had a legit chance to make the team considering the Browns’ lack of depth at receiver. But injuries derailed what could have been a good training camp story.

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