While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Inside linebacker Craig Robertson looks like the real deal. Against St. Louis he managed to cover speedy slot receiver Tavon Austin well down the field. Against the Lions, Robertson covered running back Reggie Bush out of the backfield, and broke up a pass intended for receiver Nate Burleson. A linebacker who can cover speedy backs and receivers without help is a defensive coordinator’s best friend, and a player as rare as a new mom without a Facebook page. People are starting to find out why Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton has been effusive in praising the third-year linebacker. Robertson has been far more impressive thus far that his more heralded teammate D’Qwell Jackson.” [Higdon/DraftBrowns]
Wow. Breaking down the tape of the post game handshakes? “In all seriousness, the connection is this: Hillard was signed by the Browns late during training camp of the 2009 season, and later made the team’s practice squad as an offensive tackle. I’m sure Thomas and Hilliard were reminiscing about the good old days of Eric Mangini’s practices, including what Nate Jackson said about them in Cleveland Scene. In fact, Hilliard and Jackson were two of the three players signed on that glorius day of August 25, 2009. The other player signed that day, S Tra Battle, played four years in the UFL after that.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
“Ryan Shazier comes in at Number Four in our Best of the B1G list. Ryan Shazier, outside linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes brings athleticism and a ballhawking mentality to the Ohio State defense. Ryan, a 6’2″ 222 pound junior will anchor Ohio State’s front seven, bringing the most game time experience and big play making ability to the unit. He averaged 9.7 tackles per game and accounted for five sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception last season. He was All-Big Ten and an honorable mention All-American in 2012 and has been named to the All-American First Team by SI.com. He is key to Ohio State’s success and has had two seasons of success under his belt with pressure to mirror his past accomplishments.” [Men of the Scarlet and Gray]
Here’s a good jersey redo. “Forgive this Jets fan for turning his Darrelle Revis jersey into something a bit more apropos considering what could well be a rebuilding year for the Jets. Revis, traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April, was a fan favorite and considered the best player in franchise history since Joe Namath. A little masking tape, and that “Revis” on the back became “Refund.” [Dyer/Shutdown Corner]
Oof. “Houston rookie safety D.J. Swearinger hit Keller low as Keller tried to bring in a pass, and he hit Keller on the knee with devastating results. Keller is out for the season. ESPN reported Keller tore his ACL, PCL and MCL, and also dislocated his knee. The Miami Herald reported doctors fear nerve damage in the knee as well. This injury could possibly end Keller’s career.
Swearinger said he went low on Keller because going high often draws a fine. “I was making a hit playing football,” Swearinger told the Palm Beach Post. “In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine.” Swearinger went on to say the league’s focus on protecting heads and not knees is wrong.” [Schwab/Yahoo!]