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NFL Notes: James Harrison, Kirk Cousins & Ravens

James Harrison

Steelers veteran OLB James Harrison does not want to wait until training camp to meet with the NFL regarding the Al-Jazeera report that linked Harrison and other NFL players to performance-enhancing drugs.

Instead, Harrison says he’s willing to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell at his house, at a time he determines, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“I never had a bully before in my life and I’m DAMN sure not about to have one at this point,” Harrison posted on Instagram. “But since I’m a nice guy & don’t mind helping to clear the air in the name of the NFL Shield, I’ll do this interview. WITH THESE STIPULATIONS: The interview will be done at MY house. BEFORE training camp. On a date of MY choosing. AND Mr. Goodell must be present.

Kirk Cousins

Redskins franchise QB Kirk Cousins recently sat down with Jason Cole of B/R for an interview to discuss his current situation.

Cousins admitted that it’s a blessing to receive the franchise that will pay him over $19 million for the 2016 season. He’s hoping to prove that they made the right decision.

What’s it like? I guess it’s a blessing,” Cousins said. “Other than that, I’m just focused on trying to get better and make good on that investment by the team. I hope that the team can look back after this season and say that was a great investment and I delivered on it. That’s the goal and focus of my approach.”

Ravens

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said he’s “very excited about where we’re going offensively” in the second year under OC Marc Trestman.

“We’re going to be in much better shape, in terms of building the system from that standpoint than we were the first year,” Harbaugh said. “Now the system is more [Trestman’s] than it was last year. I think it’s more ours than it was last year.

Trestman was actually asked to keep their offense in place, rather than implement his offensive scheme.

“It’s a little unnatural when you [first] come in, and there is a pre-existing offense in place,” Trestman explained, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “It was a very good offense, as we all know. But I spent three months on it, trying to make sure that I simulated the things that were necessary for me to do my job.

Coming into it a day after the season is over, you feel you are in a lot better position, because you aren’t using those 90 days out of 120 to learn another offense,” Trestman said. “It’s the offense you know now.