Why is Cleveland picking a QB...McCoy a bust?
Why is Cleveland picking a QB...McCoy a bust?
"HAIL TO PITT"
Steve Wyche from NFL.com Predicts the #1 pick for the 2013 draft..
Browns will edge out Vikings for No. 1 spot
There are two front-runners at the moment and they were partners in a top-four trade this draft: The Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns.
In honor of this early projection of dubiousness, I give the edge to Cleveland to be picking first overall in 2013 because it doesn't know if Colt McCoy or rookie Brandon Weeden will be the starting quarterback. At least the Vikings know Christian Ponder is their guy. The rest of the roster remains rather devoid of playmakers, although Trent Richardson and wideout Greg Little in his second season could add a little hot sauce to the otherwise unseasoned dish the Browns are offering up.
In addition, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens aren't going anywhere in the AFC North. The Cincinnati Bengals, if they can avoid the typical bottoming out after a good season that usually transpires, are on the come up.
Based on a lot of things I read, people are saying Cincy had an excellent draft. Not so sure about Baltimore. I think they did OK, but not spectacular. Cleveland, well, they drafted in true Cleveland style.
The Browns are QB killers.....they haven't really had a decent QB since Brian Sipe....
The Tradition Continues!!!
The Baltimore Ravens have signed suspended free-agent nose tackle Ryan McBean, the team said Monday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
McBean was suspended for six games by the NFL in March for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
McBean played the past three seasons for the Denver Broncos, recording 77 tackles and four sacks in 46 games.
The six-year veteran was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft.
The Ravens signed veteran defensive lineman Ma'ake Kemoeatu to a one-year deal last week.
Defending champion: Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore wasthisclose to getting to the Super Bowl and seemed equipped to make a serious run for it this season, as QB Joe Flacco got things going toward the end of the season. Losing starting OLB Jarret Johnson in free agency hurt, but not nearly as much as having Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs injure his Achilles' tendon, putting his availability for the entire 2012 season in serious jeopardy. Top draft pick Courtney Upshaw is going to have to grow up quick.
Biggest threat, based on offseason moves: Cincinnati Bengals.
As I alluded to in the first sentence of this column, the Steelers figure to be in the thick of the divisional hunt (per usual). But they won't be alone ... The Bengals don't tend to follow up strong seasons with better ones, but now could be the time. Free-agent cornerbacks Jason Allen and Terence Newman aren't special players, but defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer finds ways to resurrect DBs who fell off elsewhere. The acquisition of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is going to look very savvy come midseason. He's a reliable, do-it-all guy. Not much flash, but very sound. Few teams appeared to have killed it like Cincy did in the draft, nabbing six players in the first four rounds who could contribute right away, leading with CB Dre Kirkpatrick and guard Kevin Zeitler.
bring 'em on!
Browns confirm Phil Taylor will undergo pectoral surgery
By Gregg Rosenthal
The post-draft optimism in Cleveland didn't last long. Browns coach Pat Shurmur confirmed Friday that last year's first round pick, nose tackle Phil Taylor, will undergo surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle next week.
The injury was first reported Thursday, but the team had yet to complete tests on Taylor.
Taylor was up and down as a rookie, but he showed enough potential for the Browns to view him as a solid core piece of their defense.
"He's going to miss a significant amount of time ... more months than weeks," Shurmur said told reporters. "It's too early to speculate how long that will be. It's just one of those things that happened. It's unfortunate. We feel bad for Phil. But he's in good spirits and he's going to come back from this thing stronger than ever."
The good news here is that the injury happened in May instead of September. Taylor should be able to make it back in the 2012 season. He might have to start the season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, which would knock him out of the first six weeks of the season.
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