The Cleveland Browns begin their minicamp Tuesday while the rest of the division teams wrap up their offseason training activities this week. What's the difference between the two? Minicamps are mandatory, and OTAs are not. If you miss a minicamp, a team can fine you. If you miss an OTA, your name will appear in the local paper and you'll be subject to ridicule by the fan base. Even though reading the wake-up call is never mandatory, I highly suggest you do so ...
RAVENS: Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are scheduled to attend the Super Bowl champions' visit to the White House on Wednesday and the team's ring ceremony Friday, according to The Baltimore Sun. But wide receiver Anquan Boldin, one of the stars in the playoffs for the Ravens, won't be there. Boldin, who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason, will instead participate in voluntary workouts with his new team. "Unfortunately I'm going to miss a great opportunity to be with my Super Bowl team at the White House," Boldin said on his Twitter account. "I know those guys will proudly share our Super Bowl memories and unforgettable moments on my behalf."
BENGALS: Cornerback Leon Hall (thumb) worked in team drills for the first time this offseason, and safety Reggie Nelson returned after being previously limited with an undisclosed injury. Their participation was noticeable. "You notice it when guys like (Hall) and Reggie are out there," quarterback Andy Dalton told the team's official website. "There's a lot of communication going on out there. Some of these guys have been in the system for a long time. You can just tell with the communication. It's quick. Everybody knows what they're doing."
STEELERS: Pittsburgh police arrested a man on charges stemming from the stabbing of Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams. Police charged Michael Paranay, 25, with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, conspiracy and attempted auto theft. According to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Paranay is accused of sucker-punching Adams while one companion pointed a handgun at the right tackle and threatened to kill him and another stabbed him. A warrant was obtained for Paranay after detectives found his name and photo on a cellphone dropped at the scene of the incident. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Adams is expected to make a full recovery. "He realizes, of course, how fortunate that he is," Tomlin said. "We're just glad that he's going to be OK."
BROWNS: The Browns begin their mandatory minicamp Tuesday, but there's one important conclusion that can be made from the previous voluntary workouts. According to The Plain Dealer, the starting quarterback job has "clearly" been Brandon Weeden's job to lose. The paper reported that Weeden has received all of the first-team snaps and he's improved each week. "I feel like I've thrown it well and I'm getting to the line of scrimmage and not having to think about what everybody is doing," Weeden said. "The ball is coming out nice, and my feet feel pretty good. I've just got to keep grinding on it and keep getting better."