Chat with James Walker
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com AFC North blogger James Walker will stop by to chat about the NFL and what to expect from your team.
Walker joined ESPN.com in 2008 after three seasons covering the Cleveland Browns for the Columbus Dispatch.
Send your questions now and join James Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET!
James Walker (4:00 PM)
Hello everyone. Let's get right to it.
Do the browns have any shot what so ever of getting a supper bowl bid. We have as much history as any team?
James Walker (4:02 PM)
I guess anything is possible, Mike. But I wrote recently that I don't think Cleveland or any AFC North team has a legit shot at hosting a Super Bowl anytime soon. The NY/NJ bid does open some doors for others to be considered. But Cleveland would be far down the list.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is the Best & The Worst NFL Stadium That You Have Been to?
James Walker (4:04 PM)
Chris, I'm not really a stadium guy to be honest. They all start to look the same when you sit in about 20 of them every year with the playoffs and preseason.
James Walker (4:05 PM)
But off the top of my head Oakland is probably the worst. I like several, but Lambeau Field is up there.
Tyler (Raleigh, NC) [via mobile]
What do you see in the ravens future as far as playoff runs or representing the AFC this year?
James Walker (4:06 PM)
Predictions are for later. But I've narrowed it down to Cincinnati or Baltimore winning the AFC North this year. I will be watching both of these teams closer in training camp.
Cordell Walker (Texas)
Who would you rather keep, Shipley or Caldwell? If you had to choose between the two.
James Walker (4:07 PM)
I don't see why the Bengals would have to choose between the two. Both will make the team, Cordell.
Ralph B. (Cincinnati)
Do you think the Bengals will eventually acquire another running back at some point before the season? Jamal Lewis?
James Walker (4:10 PM)
I seem to be one of the few that feel Cincinnati is fine at RB. Cedric Benson is legit and I think Bernard Scott is going to show more this year if he stays healthy. Brian Leonard also could help. I think they're fine.
James Walker (4:10 PM)
Now fullback, that's probably the bigger question for Cincy right now.
Brian (Richmond, Ky.)
Ocho's off one reality show and on another now. Any concern among Bengals brass that he's not doing enough to prepare for what is ostensibly his day job?
James Walker (4:12 PM)
I don't get the sense from the Bengals that there is a huge concern. Would they like Chad around a little more? Probably. But he won't miss anything mandatory and at least with this dating show there is no risk of injury.
James, what second year players (if any) stood out (in shorts) for the Steelers during OTA's so far?
James Walker (4:13 PM)
Second year? Mike Wallace made some nice catches today and throughout. I think he's ready to be a starter. Also, I like what I see from Keenan Lewis. He has very good size and moves well. But like you said, it is football in shorts.
James, love the blog! Who has been the most impressive skill player today.
James Walker (4:16 PM)
Does Ben Roethlisberger count? He's a skill player. I thought he looked good to have so much time off. Rashard Mendenhall also ran the ball well today, in my opinion.
Dennis F (Alexandria Va)
JW love the blog . Much love from DC . But im only going to say this once . The Steelers will win this division by multible games . Think the 07 Patriots after spygate . This team is focused and have a big chip on their shoulder . Keep thinking its Bmore or Cincy . Come December i expect a long apology ok ?
James Walker (4:19 PM)
Did Tom Brady sit out four or six games that year? I think that's the difference with this comparison.
James, with a good mix of possible punt returners vying for the final receiver spots on the Bengals, do you think Quan Cosby still has a chance of making the roster.
James Walker (4:22 PM)
Cosby has a chance. But I think he will have to win a roster spot by keeping his punt return duties. If Jordan Shipley or someone else takes his job returning kicks, that could make Cosby the odd man out.
James Walker (4:23 PM)
I think it could come down to keeping Quan Cosby or Jerome Simpson. The Bengals may not be able to keep both WRs.
well for those who havent heard the bengals picked up 4th year G/T isaac Sowells what can you see him becoming for this team in the long run
James Walker (4:26 PM)
Sowells will have to make the team first, which is not promised. He stuck around with the Browns for a while but was more of a project. Maybe the Bengals can get a hold of him and develop him.
Dagwood (Dublin CA)
James, what are the chances that Marvin Lewis really walks at the end of this season? If the Bengals have a good year (make the playoffs, win at least one playoff game), does that increase or decrease the chances of Lewis being with the Bengals next year?
James Walker (4:30 PM)
Until he has a contract extension in place, I think there's always a chance. It's hard to say if winning helps or hurts. I really think it's a matter of Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown coming to a terms on some philisophical things. I don't believe the money and years are too big of roadblocks.
Do you think Patrick Crayton would be able to help the Browns? Or would he be too expensive?
James Walker (4:32 PM)
I think any veteran receiver with some ability could help the Browns at this point. The WRs have very little experience in Cleveland. I don't know what the cost or value would be for Crayton. That might be a better question for NFC East blogger Matt Mosley.
Renato Cozzarelli (Brazil)
I know its only otas, but have you heard anything about sanders or dwyer with the Steelers? I think they could be an impact players this year.
James Walker (4:36 PM)
It's too early to say. Dwyer has shown a little, but I haven't seen too much at this point. But rookies (especially in Pittsburgh) get most of the reps with the second and third teams. So things don't look as crisp and it's hard to tell who's doing well and who's at fault.
Bob Krauss (Portsmouth, OH)
James, what's your take on Kokinis going back to the Ravens after being the "GM" for the Browns?
James Walker (4:38 PM)
I'm not surprised. George was always most comfortable in Baltimore. So it's a good move for him. He's a good worker and knows the team as well as anyone. I'm sure he would like to beat Eric Mangini and the Browns a couple times this year as well.
RE: cold weather super bowl. I'd rather see our tough out-door AFC North teams PLAY in the SuperBowl not host one.
James Walker (4:42 PM)
Perhaps an AFC North team can host and play in one the same year. Dallas has a shot to do that this year. The Jets and Giants will have a chance to do that in 2014.
If a team is looking for a new coach, do you think it is better to get a more expensive, known commodity (Cowher, etc), or try to get a cheaper, successful assistant coach?
James Walker (4:44 PM)
Both can work, Greg. I think it depends more on the team they are coming to than the coach. Some locker rooms need youthful energy like Baltimore and Pittsburgh recently. Others need veteran stability like the Redskins did this offseason.
Terry Gosser (Mason Ohio)
What is the difference in OTA's and training camp? How in regards to getting into the 16 game season without players getting cut knowing plays that resign with another team?
James Walker (4:47 PM)
OTAs do not allow contact and it's not in full pads. Training camp is anything goes. That's why I put more stock in it. Everyone looks good and tough when there is no hitting. But you start to see who really are the tough guys when it's full contact.
Chuck Norris (Everywhere)
Who will be a better receiver in the long run, Shipley or Caldwell?
James Walker (4:50 PM)
Both players are young so both have room to get better. Caldwell is a bit more of a proven commodity. But I'm curious to see what Shipley brings in a game-type situation this year.
Sulaiman (New Jersey)
How do you think the Steelers will do this year with the suspension of Roethlisberger and do you think they will win the division
James Walker (4:52 PM)
I think the Steelers should be happy playing .500 football withouth Big Ben. If they do better than that, I view it as a bonus. I will not pick the Steelers to win the division this year. I'm trying to decide between Cincinnati and Baltimore.
Are going to keep track of the smack talk for the different teams and compare it to their actual performance again this year? I'll give you something start with by saying the Bengals will be .500 or lower this season.
James Walker (4:54 PM)
We do a blog post every now and then called "Remember the offseason" or "Remember last year" where we look back at predictions and comments from the previous year. We hold everyone accountable in the AFC North blog.
Do you think the Steelers offensive line is better than the bad press it gets? With Pouncey in the mix, they could be really solid.
James Walker (4:56 PM)
If Maurkice Pouncey plays well, I think this unit can improve a lot. Pittsburgh needs someone they can run behind on third-and-short and know the team will get the first down. If the Steelers improve in that area, that counts for a lot.
Jim Boulden (London, England)
Now that we have a a number weeks to digest the draft and a chance to see rookies in camp, who had the best draft in the AFC North?
James Walker (4:57 PM)
Weeks? I think it takes at least two or three years to truly and accurately grade a draft.
Bryan (Atlanta, Ga)
When will you do the Remember last year blog?
James Walker (4:58 PM)
I did a couple this offseason, but I think it's been a couple months. Do you want another one? I may do that this week, get a couple laughs out of it.
James Walker (5:00 PM)
Everyone thanks for your time. As always check out the AFC North blog for constant updates, as well as our AFC North Twitter.