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05-31-2009, 10:43 AM
Whispers — AFC
Is Eric Steinbach's job in jeopardy with Browns?

By PFW staff
May 31, 2009

Browns OG Eric Steinbach

Browns OG Eric Steinbach
— One of the more curious developments at the Browns’ voluntary minicamps is Rex Hadnot and Floyd Womack working at left guard, the position Eric Steinbach has played the past two seasons. Both Hadnot and Womack are bigger than Steinbach, leading to speculation that head coach Eric Mangini might be looking for more size inside. Mangini has not explicitly confirmed that, although he did say, “I don’t think a couple extra plates of pasta would hurt (Steinbach).” We’re hearing the move has made some wonder about Steinbach’s long-term future with the club. He is signed through 2013, and his salary-cap number exceeds $6.5 million in each season from 2010-13.

— A source close to the Browns believes ex-Cardinals CB Rod Hood figures to be one of the club’s top three cornerbacks, but whether he challenges for a starting spot remains to be seen. Starting CBs Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright both had up-and-down 2008 campaigns.

— The feeling in Pittsburgh is that ex-Lion Shaun McDonald could be quite tough for second-year pass catcher Limas Sweed and rookie Mike Wallace to beat out for the club’s No. 3 WR role.

— As reclusive as he was when he finally reported to OTAs, say this about disgruntled Jets RB Thomas Jones: The guy remains in outstanding shape. A weight-room fiend, he hasn’t let his bitterness about his contract status affect his dedication to conditioning.

— While minor injuries have plagued many in the Bills’ CB corps and continue to limit rehabbing Ashton Youboty, second-year CB Reggie Corner is continuing to make the case for being a vital member of the most stacked position on the team. “When you look at his college tape, you do wonder to some degree if it will translate to the NFL,” coach Dick Jauron admitted. “And when he got to the NFL, he’s the same player that plays all the time. He’s a great-effort player, has high energy and a lot of toughness.” Early word is that Corner has the edge at nickel back.

— As welcome a sight as any at Colts OTAs was the extent of CB Marlin Jackson’s participation, as he ran and cut with ease during positional drills. Jackson was placed on injured reserve with torn knee ligaments suffered in October and is on pace for a full recovery by training camp. Nevertheless, the Colts are traditionally conservative when it comes to working players back into things when they are coming off major injuries. Similar to Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders a year ago, Jackson could be even healthier than his potentially limited participation in camp might indicate.

— One Titans reserve who’s having a solid offseason is third-year WR Chris Davis, the way we hear it. Davis may be hard-pressed to hold on to a roster spot after the Titans drafted Kenny Britt and Dominique Edison and signed Nate Washington and Mark Jones, but he has taken a step forward leading up to the ’09 campaign.

— Although LB Mike Vrabel has been absent for all of the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason practices, it is not believed that he is upset about his trade from a perennial contender in the Patriots to a rebuilding Kansas City club, as had been speculated. Instead, Vrabel is working out on his own — as many veterans do at this time of year — and is expected to report to the team once mandatory sessions begin.

05-31-2009, 01:56 PM
Not a bad problem to have at all!!

Let's go guys, everybody step it up!!

Tomlin must be smiling!!

06-01-2009, 01:18 PM
If that dropped TD in the SB wasn't enough motivation for Sweed, this could be what it takes for him to have a superstar breakout year...

The Definiti0n
06-01-2009, 05:13 PM
I still have Cedric Wilson in the back of mind.

06-01-2009, 06:51 PM
I still have Cedric Wilson in the back of mind.

im not sure why, we didnt draft him...