1. Questions Still Linger for Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel After Browns QB Battle

    The Cleveland Browns ' quarterback battle, such as it is, reached its final preseason stage Thursday night when the Browns hosted the Chicago Bears in the fourth exhibition contest of the year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 6,421 reads 21 comments

  2. What Josh Gordon Suspension Means for Cleveland Browns Offense, WR Depth

    As expected, Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon 's indefinite ban from football was upheld by the NFL on Wednesday, meaning that he'll be unable to play for Cleveland or any team until he successfully applies for reinstatement next year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 17,972 reads 26 comments

  3. How to Fix the Pittsburgh Steelers Struggling Offense

    The Pittsburgh Steelers starting offense did not look very sharp in its preseason Week 3 dress rehearsal against the Philadelphia Eagles , which ultimately resulted in a 31-21 loss...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 10,785 reads 48 comments

  4. Losing Jay Gruden Addition by Subtraction for Confident Bengals Offense

    The 2014 offseason brought with it a great deal of change to the Cincinnati Bengals ' coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer became the Minnesota Vikings ' head coach while offensive coordinator became the head coach in Washington ..

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 7,661 reads 17 comments

  5. Steve Smith Is Missing Piece Joe Flacco, Ravens Offense Desperately Needed

    The Baltimore Ravens first-team offense wasn't flawless in its third preseason game, commonly thought of as the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 5,986 reads 14 comments

  6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Have Cause for Concern After Showing vs. Eagles

    The third preseason game of the year is often thought of as a tuneup game, a dress rehearsal for how the starting offense and defense will perform once the regular season begins...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 25,603 reads 145 comments

  7. Nothing Shocking in Browns Naming Brian Hoyer Starting QB over Johnny Manziel

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced to the media on Wednesday morning that veteran Brian Hoyer would indeed be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 68,457 reads 139 comments

  8. No Matter What Mike Pettine Decides, Brian Hoyer Should Be Looking over Shoulder

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said late last week that a committee comprised of himself, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains , offensive coordinator ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 3,937 reads 22 comments

  9. Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Adds New Element to Aging Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

    It wasn't long after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected inside linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft that the "S-word" was being thrown around: Starter ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 18,961 reads 82 comments

  10. Marvin Jones' Injury Is Not a Death-Blow to Bengals Offense

    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis announced on Monday that third-year wide receiver Marvin Jones would be out "a few weeks" after suffering a broken foot on Saturday ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 2,948 reads 4 comments

  11. Checking in on the Browns' QB Battle After Preseason Week 1

    The Cleveland Browns ' quarterback battle saw its first live in-game action Saturday when the team took on the Detroit Lions in the first preseason game of the year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 6,544 reads 36 comments

  12. Sean Spence Becoming Playmaker Steelers Envsioned in an Inspiring Comeback

    Of the many cliches in the NFL , one that rings true more often than not is, "The best ability is availability." It's something that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence knows well...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 17,199 reads 28 comments

  13. Previewing Johnny Manziel's Preseason Debut

    Rookie Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel makes his preseason debut on Saturday night when his team takes on the Detroit Lions . It's one of the most—if not the most—anticipated rookie premieres of the 2014 preseason...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 37,161 reads 89 comments

  14. Preseason Week 1 Shows Bengals Have Good Problem on Their Hands at Running Back

    When the Cincinnati Bengals went into training camp, it seemed like their run game plans were fairly cut-and-dried...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 12,655 reads 15 comments

  15. Andy Dalton, Bengals Both Win with New Extension, but Can Dalton Be Trusted?

    When ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan reported Monday morning that the Cincinnati Bengals had given quarterback Andy Dalton a six-year, $115 million contract extension, ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 5,427 reads 32 comments

  16. Rookies off to Hottest Starts in NFL Training Camps

    NFL training camps present our first opportunities to see this year's rookie class in full pads, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect from them in the upcoming season. Some rookies look like, well, rookies...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 99,572 reads 176 comments

  17. Why It's Smart to Wait Until 2015 to Make Ben Roethlisberger a Steeler for Life

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 's current contract won't be up until 2016, but the team is already discussing an extension. It's just that it won't come this year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 10,825 reads 28 comments

  18. How Bernard Pierce Can Salvage Baltimore's Run Game in Weeks 1 and 2

    With ESPN.com reporting that Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens will have to rely on his backup, Bernard Pierce , to be the focus of the team's run game early on...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 4,425 reads 11 comments

  19. Ravens' Response to Rice Suspension Shows NFL's Big Issue with Domestic Violence

    On Thursday, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, a paltry punishment for a February incident in which he knocked ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 17,025 reads 171 comments

  20. Any New Andy Dalton Contract Needs to Protect Bengals First

    Contract negotiations between the Cincinnati Bengals and starting quarterback Andy Dalton have been ongoing this offseason. Dalton is heading into the final year of his rookie deal and will be making just shy of $1...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 1,659 reads 5 comments

  21. Is Giovani Bernard Ready to Break into NFL's Running Back Elite?

    Giovani Bernard was easily the most electrifying member of the Cincinnati Bengals ' offense in 2013. In his first year, he rushed just 170 times, but it netted him 695 yards and five scores...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 10,524 reads 16 comments

  22. Why Running Back-by-Committee Is Best for the Cleveland Browns in 2014

    One of the Cleveland Browns ' biggest offseason priorities this year was to improve the run game. In 2013, the Browns totaled just 1,383 rushing yards and a paltry four touchdowns...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 6,428 reads 40 comments

  23. Under-the-Radar Mike Mitchell Key to Pittsburgh Steelers Secondary's Success

    The Pittsburgh Steelers spent their offseason trying to get both younger and faster on defense. Though drafted players like linebacker Ryan Shazier have gotten most of the attention, ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 13,088 reads 22 comments

  24. Top 15 Must-Watch NFL Players at Training Camp

    NFL training camps open for all teams within the next 10 days, signaling the true beginning of pads-on football practices. With the pads on, the stars and starters begin to separate themselves from the backups and those fighting to keep their jobs...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 68,020 reads 69 comments

  25. Does an Offseason of Arrests Point to a Leadership Void in Baltimore?

    Over the weekend, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN , Smith was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct at a bar outside of Baltimore...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 5 months ago 3,502 reads 44 comments