The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns will begin their rookie minicamps Friday. There will be no hitting and no pads. It's just a bunch of 20-something hopefuls trying to act like they know what's going on after being drafted two weeks ago. Many of the rookies arrive with interesting stories, which headlines today's wake-up call ...
RAVENS: If Tandon Doss wants to take wide receiver Anquan Boldin's spot in the starting lineup, he knows he has to reduce the amount of nagging injuries. “Being a younger guy, I didn’t take care of my body like I should,” Doss told the team's official website. “I’m still trying to learn and become a pro at that. That’s becoming a pro and that’s what I’m trying to learn. This year I’ve stayed in the training room, I’ve been in the training room multiple times a day. It’s just something you have to learn, but I’m healthy now and hopefully I can keep it up."
BENGALS: Undrafted rookie Onterio McCalebb, who ran one of the fastest times at this year's scouting combine, has had a long journey to the NFL, bouncing around the houses of relatives and teammates in high school and spending two weeks living on the streets. “I’ve come a long way from my childhood to now," McCalebb told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "All my life people told me that I wouldn’t amount to much and I continue to use that as motivation to fuel me." He is switching from running back to cornerback with the Bengals but returning kicks is his best shot at making the team.
STEELERS: Offensive tackle Max Starks believes Pittsburgh's signing of Guy Whimper means his time with the Steelers is done. "Let me say this, we had a conversation prior (to the Whimper signing), and that decision (to sign Whimper) was made after our conversation,” Starks told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of team brass. “Now it wasn't said directly to me, but you kind of take that as an indication of what they are thinking. It is not so much on my part as more of them wanting to move on.” I don't necessarily view Starks' run with the Steelers as over because of that signing. Given Whimper's struggles over the years, the Steelers could still bring back Starks if he hasn't signed elsewhere.
BROWNS: Armonty Bryant reported for rookie minicamp Thursday, two days after the seventh-round pick pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI charges, according to The Plain Dealer. This incident comes eight months after Bryant was arrested for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer. "He was very distraught and felt he let a lot of people down, especially the Cleveland Browns," said Marc Lillibridge, Bryant's agent. "He was adamant about getting a hold of (general manager) Mike Lombardi and making sure the Browns heard it from him." A source told The Plain Dealer that the Browns feel they have a good support system in place that will provide guidance to Bryant.