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“But frankly, all of that isn’t all that interesting (even to someone like me) and that’s really just talking about the periphery of the roster in terms of a back-up catcher, a utility IF, the middle of the bullpen, and the back-end-of-the-rotation. Not to say that it isn’t useful to find answers to some questions on these guys – or even seeing if they could build up some trade value for a guy like Lou Marson or Jason Donald as a throw-in for an off-season trade – but the performance of those guys down the stretch isn’t likely to have a big impact on the 2013 team, even if some of the performances down the stretch here could affect some of the decisions (and there are lot of them) facing this team this off-season, in terms of FA, trades, and internal pieces.
Even more important than seeing if any of those peripheral pieces can legitimately be counted on for 2013 (affecting how/if the Indians augment this group), the players that could have a big impact on 2013 are the ones that we’ve been watching all year long, with few “new” answers likely to come in the final months. How the organization handles those players (Choo and Perez, most notably) this off-season is going to determine whether they think of the future of this group of currently assembled players in the short-and-long term.” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
Brendan talks with Kyrie Irving– “Did you warn Dion about Camp Scott? “Yeah, but all the warnings and everything doesn’t amount to when you are actually in Camp Scott. You just have to deal with it, he’s a hard-nosed coach, and he’s just trying to get the best out of you. I warned him a couple times, but he’ll just have to experience it for himself.”
Have you talked with CJ Miles at all yet? “CJ’s been in town for the last few days. I’ve been with him rehabbing, and I’ve seen him every single time. He’s a really good dude, and I’m really excited to see what we can do.”
How was the experience working out with the Select Team for you? “Being part of the Select Team was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I had the chance to go against All Stars every single day. What’s better than that, at high intensity as well. So going against them, playing with them every single day. Just getting my mental strength better. Playing against those guys just continued to get me better. Seeing the way they work, and interact, I enjoyed it.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
“The Browns have longed for a dominant pass rusher from the defensive end position for over a decade. They hope they’ve found one in Jabaal Sheard. The second-year defensive end from Pitt accounted for 8½ sacks as a rookie, but he thinks he left more on the field. The last time the Browns had a defensive end account for at least 8½ sacks was when Keith McKenzie had the same number back in 2000.
“There were probably some sacks I could’ve had if I finish the play,” Sheard said. “It’s something I definitely want to be great at. I definitely want to be the best at my position, that’s what I work for.” [Greetham/The OBR]
“Yeah, about that.
We get that football coaches have a weird aversion to “giving away” secrets to the other team, think Eric Mangini and his silly refusal to talk about which quarterback would start for the Browns, fearing an advantage for the other team (as if any defensive coordinator ever stayed up late worrying about a Brian Daboll offense.)
But with the Browns having so many young players on offense – rookies Brandon Weeden, Mithchell Schwartz, Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin, along with second-year players Greg Little, Jason Pinkston and Jordan Cameron – it seems like giving them as many reps as possible at game speed would be a better plan. If the starters see heavy minutes against the Packers, then limited time against the Eagles and no time against the Bears on Aug. 30, that means the starters will have gone 24 days without significant action when they take the field for the Week 1 game against Philadelphia.” [Red Right 88]
“In less than three weeks, Ohio State will take the field in the season opener against Miami (Ohio). With the taking of the field, a new era of Buckeye football will be underway. But the focus now is crunch time of fall camp. Over the next week, Ohio State will endure 10 practices.
It is not panic time for head coach Urban Meyer, however. He said the Buckeyes are on par with their preparation for the RedHawks. The confidence has rubbed off on the team. They enter the home stretch with an air of self-assurance. Among those anxious for the season is Ohio State’s stellar freshman class.” [Eleven Warriors]