Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Links: Chiefs getting physical at camp
By ESPN.com staff
Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post says a Super Bowl-or-bust mindset is good for this Broncos team.
As the battle for the starting running back spot intensifies, Ronnie Hillman has remained ahead of rookie Montee Ball and veteran Knowshon Moreno.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have been tackling more during training camp under Andy Reid, a risk that has its advantages, writes the Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher.
Running back Jamaal Charles is expected to have an even more prominent role on offense this season. Quarterback Alex Smith: "Jamaal helps us expand our playbook because he can do so much, and he can really become a weapon for us in all phases, not just running the football."
From The Associated Press: "Matt Flynn is solidifying his role as starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders one year after losing that same job in training camp in Seattle."
What type of player can Raiders fans expect to see when Josh Cribbs takes the field? “Reckless, exciting, fun, never a dull moment,” said Cribbs. “Any time I’m on the field, I’m going to be talking. Every time I get a return, I’m trying to tackle, make every play, I’m amping everybody up. That’s what I’m going to bring to this football team. Spontaneity -- out of nowhere I’m going to try to make plays when there’s not a play to be made. I’m pushing guys to make plays. That’s what you can expect out of me. A fun-filled game -- every time special teams is on the field, everybody is going to be like, ‘Cribbs is out there, 16 is out there. Let’s see what he’s going to do.’ That’s the type of player I want to put on the football field.”
San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead has learned to use his size to his advantage.
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego on a wiser Manti Te'o: "The more he goes against NFL opponents such as teammates Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews, the better he'll get. Already, he's learned the NFL game is not so much about pure speed and muscle, as it is about guile and detail."