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“Now, of course, becomes the question of playing time. The Cavs already have a nice young power forward in third-year man Tristan Thompson. Also, with a healthy Bynum and Anderson Varejao, and second-year center Tyler Zeller, there’s no shortage of bodies near the basket. None of that matters, though. Not according to the man who would know.
“It’s a terrific situation for not only Bennett, but for us,” said Cavs coach Mike Brown. “He can come along slowly. If he blossoms early, it’s a bonus for everybody.” [Amico/FSO]
“As many of you may know, Mingo was thrust into that role because of a knee injury to Jabal Sheard sustained the week prior vs. the Vikings. That means that Mingo was asked to be more than just a situational pass rusher vs. the Bengals. He was asked to perform many of the duties required in coach Horton’s defensive system. This was great learning experience and provided Mingo vital playing time, which is valuable. In fact, he played in all 68 snaps ( every defensive snap in the game ) which coincidentally also gave him more opportunities to make mistakes in phases of the game that he hadn’t been asked to execute yet. So, while he wasn’t consistent, he did show the ability to make plays in situations where it mattered by getting his hands on 2 passes, tallying 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss on a botched snap in the 4th quarter.
According to PFF, Mingo had a poor game. Take a look at the picture below and click on it to enlarge. The first thing that jumps off the page to me, aside from the bright red bar, is that Mingo has a sack in each of his first 3 games in the NFL. Remember, he missed the first week vs. Miami due to a bruised lung.” [Krupka/Dawgs by Nature]
“The quarterback didn’t have any doubts about his head, though. He said he stayed sharp while he was out by doing the same things that backup Kenny Guiton usually does behind him, taking shadow reps and thinking through the game. “I felt pretty good,” Miller said. “I didn’t miss a beat. Every practice I was out there with the guys and going over the coverages. Even though I wasn’t practicing, I made sure I still got my mental reps.”
Five weeks into the season, the Buckeyes have reached this conclusion about their No. 5 – after a preseason filled with praise for his passing, and a nonconference schedule short-circuited by his sprained left MCL, Ohio State is fine. Miller is fine. And maybe he’s even a little fresher at the start of October than he normally would be.” [Lesmerises/Cleveland.com]
Really Donte? “Whitner said he’s changing his name to Donte Hitner. He has been pushing the #LegalHitner hashtag on Twitter (complete with T-shirts bearing the phrase) as the NFL tries to crack down on his hard-hitting style. He wasn’t happy to get a $21,000 fine from the NFL for a hit last week on Rams receiver Chris Givens, and that seems to have given him the final nudge to change his name. Apparently this name change is serious, too. He asked his mom for permission and everything.” [Schwab/Shutdown Corner]
Bill Simmons has some nice things to say about Cleveland during his weekly podcast with Cousin Sal. [Grantland]