CINCINNATI -- I'm attending my second day of Cincinnati Bengals training camp today. If you missed it Sunday, there are posts on A.J. Green, Andre Smith and Jermaine Gresham. My Camp Confidential post on the Baltimore Ravens will run later this morning. I will have more posts from Bengals camp this afternoon, and the Bengals' Camp Confidential is scheduled for Wednesday. Here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: In the wake of Dennis Pitta's season-ending hip injury, the Ravens signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who signed his contract Sunday and walked onto the practice field with about an hour left in the workout. “With a veteran quarterback and a veteran player that has been in the league for as long as we have, we definitely have to build some rapport and camaraderie,” Shiancoe said, via The Baltimore Sun. “I think that starts today. I have good experience and I’m going to bring it here. I’m going to bring everything I’ve got. I’m going to do work as hard as I can. Nothing is given. You have to earn everything and I understand that. That’s what I’ve come in here to do. I have to come in here nice and humble.”
BENGALS: The backup quarterback spot remains a toss-up between Josh Johnson and John Skelton, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. “Josh had a leg up on the terminology and all but I think John has played more football so there is some give and take on whatever that advantage is,” quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said. “They both have unique strengths to them. They’re completely different guys but there’s not a specific type that has to be whoever our backup is. It’s just whoever we think can handle it the best.”
STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his relationship with offensive coordinator Todd Haley has developed into an "actually good" one. "And I'm not just saying that," Roethlisberger said. "Last year obviously had its growing pains; it is what it is. And it's more than just him and I. It was him and other coaches, him and other players, but obviously people are going to talk about the quarterback and the coordinator more. But there was no hatred, none of that stuff people made it out to be. It was nothing like that. We had our times when we butted heads, but I butted heads with [former coordinators Bruce Arians and Ken Whisenhunt]. So it was nothing big. But I think so far this year it's been really good. We've been able to talk, to communicate, and I see a relationship really kind of coming together."
BROWNS: Tashaun Gipson, the Browns' starting free safety, suffered a sprained shoulder when he collided with Josh Gordon on a pass over the middle in team drills, according to The Plain Dealer. Gipson returned briefly before sitting out the rest of the afternoon. Coach Rob Chudzinski said he's not concerned about the injury. Gipson was replaced mostly by Johnson Bademosi. In other news, the Browns set a single-day record for training camp attendance in Berea when a crowd of 4,466 fans watched Sunday’s practice.