Former Buckeye hoping to impress the Bengals

Published: Saturday, May 06, 2017 @ 9:59 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 06, 2017 @ 10:18 PM

Corey Smith talks about his uphill battle to make it to the next level.

Corey Smith says all he wants is a chance to prove he can play, which is something he never really got in four years at Ohio State. The former Buckeyes receiver gets that chance as one of several free agents trying to make an impression at the Bengals rookie minicamp.

“I’m just going to go out there and compete and do what I’ve gotta do,” Smith said. “I know how to get open, I know how to catch the ball, and I’ve got a very high IQ of what to do when I’m out there.”

Ohio State’s Corey Smith, right, runs with the ball after a catch as Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller (11) and Kyshoen Jarrett (34) pursue him on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff(WHIO TV)

A rare junior college recruit at Ohio State, Smith caught 2 passes for 76 yards in the Buckeyes win over Oregon in the 2014 national championship game. The next season he broke his leg and missed the last of the 2015 schedule.

Smith spent more time on the sidelines than on the field in 2016, but he saved his best for last with a pair of catches against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.

“It’s feeling like I just got to Ohio State,” Smith said during a break in practice at Paul Brown Stadium. “I have to pick up the speed of the game, but it’s funny because everything coach (Urban) Meyer talked about is actually true.”

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Cleveland/Canton named as finalists to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 5:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

The NFL has named five sites as finalists to host the NFL draft in either 2019 or 2020.

Finalists to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft include Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; as well as a combined entry of Cleveland and Canton, Ohio. Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Representatives for each site will offer presentations before the final selections are made in May at the NFL spring meetings in Atlanta.

The draft historically had taken place in New York each year, but the league plans to move it around since it went to Chicago in 2015 and 2016 before moving to Philadelphia last year.

This year's draft is taking place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Read: Tom Brady reflects on Super Bowl loss in new Instagram post

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke out for the first time Friday in the wake of his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, 41-33.

"It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had,” he wrote in an Instagram post. "There are many emotions when you come up short on your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life."

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He went on to express his gratitude to the organization, his teammates, the Eagles and the fans.

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It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a postitive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced. Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win. Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey. Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship) Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are. And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams. Thank you all. I love you all. Best, Tom

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What are the Bengals Super Bowl odds for next season?

Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018 @ 5:39 PM

With the Philadelphia Eagles having upset the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the next natural question is obvious.
Whose gonna win it next year?

Well, let’s just say Vegas is not high on the Vince Lombardi Trophy ending up in Ohio next February.

Only two teams have longer odds than the Bengals — and one of them is the Browns.

For what it’s worth, the Bengals swept the Browns last season, but they were pounded by the Bears.

But hey, that’s why they play the games, right?

On to the draft…

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What injury-ruined career do you most wish could be salvaged?

Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 8:27 AM

If you’re longing for a good sports debate or just to stretch out the brain fibers for a few minutes, here’s a good question from Twitter.

What athlete would you most like to see with a clean bill of health?

Ken Griffey Jr. is one that comes to mind immediately, but I think I’d go back a bit farther in the southwest Ohio sports timeline.

Give me Greg Cook.

A Dayton native, Cook had a sensational rookie season at quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1969, but a shoulder injury ruined his career.

He retired in 1972, and the NFL Network named him the league’s best one-shot wonder in a show produced in 2008 (Ickey Woods also made the list).

Ickey Woods scores a touchdown during the Bengals’ last playoff victory, 41-14, over the Houston Oilers in January, 1991.

On that show, legendary Bengals tight end Bob Trumpy lamented his hands would probably be covered in Super Bowl rings if Cook hadn’t gotten hurt.

Bill Walsh once said Cook could have been the best quarterback in NFL history if he had stayed health, and the loss of Cook was a major factor in Walsh’s development of what came to be known as the West Coast Offense.

Without the gifted Cook, Walsh had to tailor his attack around the Virgil Carter, who lacked Cook’s arm strength but could execute the short, quick, precision passes.

Those came to define the offense, which Walsh made famous with the 49ers after Paul Brown passed over him when he was hiring a replacement as Bengals head coach.

But that’s a whole different, “What might have been…”

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