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Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:07 am
 

Raheem Morris is cool with Marvin Lewis

Raheem Morris says everything is good between him and Marvin Lewis (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last October, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis voiced his frustration at the Buccaneers signing one of Cincinnati’s 2010 draft picks, WR Dezmon Briscoe, after the Bengals had cut him in the preseason.

It wasn’t simply that Tampa Bay signed him and placed him on the practice squad. It was that the Bengals really wanted Briscoe back and that the Buccaneers gave him a contract worth more than three times what normal practice squad players earn ($325,000 vs. about $90,000).

But at last week’s Marvin Lewis charity golf outing, Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said everything between the two coaches was just fine, thanks very much.

"That's business; this is about the community and the bigger picture," Morris told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's not about whether you have a disagreement on the field or whether I like him on game day. I wanted to come in for Marvin and be supportive of him because he's always been supportive of me."

Lewis didn’t seem all that supportive in October when he said this: "(Briscoe) was in camp for us, but when you overpay a guy on the practice squad, you create a problem in the system for teams. I don't know that teams want to set the precedent and they did with Dezmon."

Not only did Lewis come off looking clueless about business in the NFL (and the risks of cutting a WR you actually want to keep), some of those words alluded to possible collusion among the teams. Apparently, somebody from the NFL office said something to Lewis, and from then on, he didn’t make a peep about the issue.

Still, Morris looks up to Lewis and what he’s accomplished.

"When you talk about guys that paved the way not only for coaches but young African-American coaches,” Morris said, “he's been a consummate leader.”

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.5.10: No Randy Moss here



Posted by Andy Benoit and Josh Katzowitz

- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isn’t a big fan of the fact that Tampa Bay is paying Cincinnati draftee Dezmon Briscoe the league minimum of $325,000 when practice squad players usually make about $90,000 a year.

- Nobody seems to be sure what’s going on with Matthew Stafford’s throwing shoulder. Great news for Shaun Hill.

- One Carolina writer is calling for the Panthers to get electrifying (or, at this point, potentially electrifying) rookie Armanti Edwards on the field.

- Not a bad Q and A from Indy Star readers. One asked why we haven’t seen more of Colts first-round rookie Jerry Hughes (this link was actually found because Andy was Googling that very question). Another asked – and it’s shocking this question actually made it into the article – why Josh Scobee was not flagged for removing his helmet after his 59-yard field goal. Real quick: the Hughes answer – he’s coming along slowly and still transitioning to the NFL. The Scobee answer – the game clock had expired (which is why the question about his helmet removal is completely ridiculous).

- Aaron Rodgers was voted as the new Player Rep for the Green Bay Packers. It is unknown how much the quarterback spent on his campaign.

- Beanie Wells is not happy with his role in Arizona. On Monday he vowed to meet with Ken Whisenhunt.

- Ravens waive Prince Miller. Noteworthy because, hey, who knew the Ravens had a guy on the roster named Prince?

- Here’s one way to fight an inevitable blackout. O.J. Atogwe is from Windsor, MI, which makes the Rams at Lions game somewhat of a homecoming for him. Atogwe purchased 60 tickets for the game.

- Mike Shanahan said something nice about Albert Haynesworth. Seriously.

-There is talk about the barfing rookie Joe McKnight being a two-way player for the Jets. That’s a considerable promotion from his current zero-way player role. Apparently, McKnight has been impressive as a scout team corner.

- Ray Edwards is always calling out the NFL, it seems. And, unfortunately for the NFL, Edwards seems to be a pretty smart guy.

- Like the Jets, the Packers also have a get safe home emergency plan. It’s a good bet Braylon Edwards wouldn’t use either service

- A couple of wins have quickly changed the atmosphere in St. Louis

- Willis McGahee is romantically linked to reality TV star Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”. We have our own Josh Katzowitz, an Atlanta-area resident as of August, investigating.

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 1:50 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 8:40 pm
 

Waiver wire transactions

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With all its glamour and glitz – and answered prayers and devastating heart breaks – Saturday was cut day. Today is waiver wire day. No glamour and glitz here. Just rediscovery, and possibly, redemption.

Check back here all day where we discuss the players who have been cut and who are rumored to be heading to new locations with new teams.

Dezmon Briscoe, WR, cut by Bengals, signed by Buccaneers
The Bengals coaches were excited about Briscoe when he fell into the sixth round of the 2010 Draft, but he was bothered by injuries in the offseason. Obviously, he was a wanted man. Tampa Bay negotiated to pay him close to the rookie minimum salary of $325,000 just to be on the practice squad this year. That's better than the normal $5,200 a week for a practice squad player.

Stefan Logan, WR, cut by Steelers, signed by Lions
Logan's biggest value isn't at receiver. Instead, he's a solid kick-off and punt returner - he recorded a 26.7 kick return and a 9.3 punt return average last year in Pittsburgh - and he should contribute immediately to the Lions special teams.

Hunter Cantwell, QB, cut by Panthers, signed by Ravens
Cantwell finished fourth out of four QBs in Carolina (Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike all won spots on the team instead of Cantwell), but he's headed to a Ravens squad who could use a third QB. Especially a younger guy, because one reason backup Marc Bulger is there is to teach.

Clifton Geathers, DL, cut by Browns, signed by Dolphins
Geathers is kind of an intriguing project. His hands are bigger than Terrence Cody's, and he's got a massive frame. But he was an underachiever in college at South Carolina, and he couldn't make a dent on Cleveland's depth chart. His brother, Robert, is a successful DE for the Bengals.

Adam Terry, OL, cut by Colts, signed by Chargers

He missed all of last season following microfracture surgery, but the best thing about Terry is his versatility on the line. Between 2006-08, he started at right tackle, left tackle and left guard for Baltimore.

Brandon McDonald, CB, cut by Browns, signed by Cardinals
Despite his classless Tweet about Terrell Owens earlier this preseason, he still has some skills. He's started 27 games in the past three seasons, and he's recorded eight interceptions. He could really help a secondary in Arizona that still has some question marks attached. 

Dan LeFevour, QB, cut by Bears, signed by Bengals
LeFevour had some low points with Chicago - five interceptions in a practice - but he's headed to Cincinnati as the third-string QB. In a bit of a surprising move, the Bengals terminated ties with second-string QB J.T. O'Sullivan, meaning Jordan Palmer now will back up his brother, Carson Palmer.

Bryan McCann, CB, cut by Cowboys, signed by Ravens
The standout SMU player, who was an undrafted free agent coming out of school this year, could contribute immediately to Baltimore's defense and special teams units. Apparently, Dallas hoped to sneak McCann onto its practice squad, but that obviously didn't happen.

Spencer Havner, TE, cut by Packers, signed by Lions
The fact Green Bay cut ties with him was a little surprising, because of Havner's versatility. As evidenced by his four touchdown catches in a four-game span last year, he can also be quite productive. And if need be, he can also play LB.

Zac Robinson, QB, cut by Patriots, signed by Seahawks
The seventh round pick is headed to the Northwest. He had a fantastic career at Oklahoma State, and he did well at the Combine. But he never gained the confidence of Bill Belichick, even when Brian Hoyer, Tom Brady’s backup, didn’t play well in the preseason finale.

Patrick Turner, WR, cut by Dolphins, signed by Jets
He couldn’t beat out two undrafted free agents in Miami, so the 2009 third-round pick is headed tp New York with his former teammate at USC, QB Mark Sanchez. Clayton, though, did not impress Miami’s coaches with his work ethic, and ultimately, he was a debacle in South Florida.

Junior Siavii, NT, cut by Cowboys, signed by Seahawks
Seventh-round supplemental pick Josh Brent beat out Siavii for a spot on Dallas’ roster, and now, Siavii will try to win a job in Seattle. Siavii had a bit of resurgence last season for Dallas, but he hasn’t lived up to his (2004) second-round draft status.


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Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:24 pm
 

Bengals organization reacts to T.O. signing

T. Owens is set to join his new Cincinnati teammates at training camp Thursday (Getty). Chris Crocker doesn’t sugarcoat his comments. If he has a problem with somebody and a reporter asks him about it, he’ll say whatever comes to mind. He’s a reporter’s dream, because he doesn’t use a filter to water down his opinions. You never have to go off the record with the Bengals free safety.

After reports surfaced that Terrell Owens and the Bengals had reached an agreement on a one-year contract that will pay him a $2 million base salary and could give him as much as $2 million in roster bonuses, I wanted to touch base with Crocker. I knew if Crocker was unsure about his newest teammate – be it because Owens has lost some of his elite play-making ability or because Owens still has a crappy reputation – he’d let it be known.

I’d already raised my confusion about why Cincinnati would sign Owens, but to Crocker, it was clear. And not only does Crocker not have a problem with Owens joining the squad, he’s really, really excited about it.

“I think it’s great,” Crocker said. “It just shows we’re trying to do everything, and it will add another piece to get us to the Super Bowl in Dallas in February. We have so many other guys on the team that have had question marks beside them as far as character is concerned, but our locker room is as strong as it gets. If T.O. is half of the player he was before he went to Buffalo, that’s going to be a great thing for us.”

The Bengals, as has been well documented, have become a paradise for players needing second and third chances. The term “Betty Ford Clinic for the NFL” has been bandied about quite often. Cedric Benson needed another chance. Chris Henry needed one. Larry Johnson needed one. Tank Johnson, Adam Jones, Matt Jones, Dezmon Briscoe, they all needed one. The list goes on to ridiculous lengths.

But in the past couple seasons, the questionable character signings haven’t affected the team chemistry.

“There’s one common goal, and there’s not one person or one man who can divide our locker room,” Crocker said. “That’s to get to the Super Bowl. There’s enough strong personalities and we have enough strong leadership that we won’t allow a bunch of dissension. As long as you’re a good person and willing to show you’ll do right, that’s all that matters.

“There are enough guys in the locker room where we police each other. Everybody has egos and strong personalities but we have guys who know how to take somebody to the side and talk to them about what’s going on. We don’t let things go. We handle issues in house and we take care of it and move on.”

I still wonder, though. How will the Bengals split touches between Ochocinco, Bryant, Owens, Benson, first-round pick TE Jermaine Gresham and everybody else on the roster?

“That’s a good problem to have,” said Dave Lapham, former Bengals OL and the team’s radio color commentator. “It’s going to have to be a case of unselfishness. You can’t double-team everybody. It’s kind of like pick your poison. It’s always better to have that problem than not have any weapons at all. But it’ll be interesting halfway through this season if T.O. is tracking low and not on track to make his incentives. Will he get in Carson’s face? That will be interesting to monitor."

Not everyone was so impressed with the Bengals signing. Browns CB Brandon McDonald wrote on his Twitter page in what only could be considered a classy status update: “TO to da Bengals huh??? Yessss, another piece of (fill in the blank here) fa da Browns secondary to run a train on...”

But if you discount the words of a player whose teams have gone 9-23 the past two years, it still seems like it’ll tough for everybody to get along, especially if Chad Ochocinco or Owens or Antonio Bryant aren’t getting the desired number of passes Carson Palmer throws their way.

“At the end of the day day, Carson controls who gets the ball,” Crocker said. “He’s going to throw the ball to whoever is open. He’s not going to play favorites. We don’t play favorites on this team. Chad is always open. From his standpoint, he’s always open and he’s always going to bitch if he doesn't get the ball. That’s what receivers do. But I know T.O. is going to come in and make plays. I’m excited, I really am. It’s going to be a hell of a year.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:03 am
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

CINCINNATI The Bengals on Tuesday released WR Chris Davis, and though the team had signed him to a free agent deal in March, the transaction was not surprising. Not surprising in the least.

Cincinnatis receiving room, after all, is awfully crowded and awfully loaded with talent. Some deserving players will not make the 53-man roster, and after the final offseason workout of the year, Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard glowed with the anticipation of who hell work with when the season begins.

Theyve been challenged, Sheppard said. Its always fun to see how a group responds to a challenge.

Without Davis around, 10 receivers will vie for what should be six spots when the team breaks camp for the regular season its not impossible the Bengals would take seven receivers, but its highly unlikely. Of those 10, four are most likely locks Chad Ochocinco, free agent signee Antonio Bryant, third-round draft pick Jordan Shipley (perhaps the most impressive player during last weeks mini-camp) and Andre Caldwell who Sheppard pointed out was faster than anybody else at the position and who was invaluable at times last season.

That leaves Matt Jones, Quan Cosby, Jerome Simpson, Dezmon Briscoe, Maurice Purify, and Freddie Brown battling for the other two spots. Lets rank their chances of making this squad.

Jones: Hes tall, and he seems to have good hands. Plus, hes a former college QB, so when you want to pull out a trick play or two, hed be a good candidate. But his feet have been slow, and hes been out of the NFL for a year. Hes been solid, but not spectacular.

Cosby: His biggest strength at least, last year is his punt returning ability, as evidenced by his 11.9 yard return average and the fact he led the league in return yards (he also led the league, it should be noted, in punts returned). He began to have an impact in the passing game late in the season, but his height (5-foot-9) doesnt help. Plus, hell have competition at punt return with Adam Jones and Shipley on the squad.

Simpson: The second-round pick from 2008 has been a big disappointment for the Bengals hes been active for only eight of his 32 career games while making one measly catch for two yards. Simpson, knowing hell have a tough time making the squad this year, had a fantastic offseason, but there are still questions about how well he knows the playbook.

Briscoe: Until he missed much of the offseason with a groin injury, the coaching staff was really high on the sixth-round pick. His former receiver coach at Kansas called him the best receiver hed ever mentored, and his leaping ability is tops on the Bengals squad. Hes got some ridiculous highlights from college, but hes missed out by being absent for so many practices.

Purify: We dont know much about Purify, because hes only played five games in his two NFL seasons (hes spent most of his time on the Bengals practice squad). But hes a special teams stalwart, and last season, he provided the highlight of training camp by dominating SS Roy Williams quite a hard hitter himself in the Oklahoma drill.

Brown: If we dont know much about Purify, we know even less about Brown, except that the local scribes enjoy calling him Downtown Freddie Brown. Id be shocked if Brown made the roster.

So, my prediction for who makes the squad? Well, its tough to say before training camp, but the Facts & Rumors blog aims to please. Im thinking Briscoe and Cosby will make it. I could see Simpson making a run at a spot, but hed have to have an outstanding camp to have a shot. I don't think he'll play well enough to manage it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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