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AFC North Roundup: June 28, 2017

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The Cleveland Browns don’t exist in a vacuum—they exist in the AFC North. And here’s what the Steelers, Bengals and Ravens are up to this week.

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Keeping tabs on the closest of competition is something that behooves even the most die-hard of Cleveland Browns fans. Every week, we’ll take you into the dens of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals in an effort to track the movements of the Browns’ AFC North rivals.

Baltimore Ravens: Formerly retired linebacker Zachary Orr has decided to make his return to football. Kyle P. Barber at Baltimore Beatdown breaks down the return to football of the one-time Baltimore Ravens linebacker, who initially retired in January because of the discovery of a congenital neck condition that was discovered following a neck and shoulder injury suffered late last season. Eight teams are interested in Orr’s services, the Ravens likely included. Orr led the Ravens in tackles last season and was named a second-team All-Pro.

Also, Nathan Beaucage wonders if the Ravens have ever developed a productive receiver in-house.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Browns aren’t the only team with an under-the-radar tight end this year (hello, Seth DeValve). The Pittsburgh Steelers’ top man might be Jesse James, but Behind the Steel Curtain’s 58Steel doesn’t want you to forget about Xavier Grimble. Grimble had just 11 catches last year, but two went for touchdowns, and James himself has noted that Grimble can take on the role the Steelers had pegged for Ladarius Green a season ago.

Also, Steelers linebacker James Harrison is back at posting his beastly workouts on social media, this time behind-the-back clap pushups. Via Harry Lyles Jr.

Behind the back clap push-ups

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Cincinnati Bengals: LB3PTMAN at Cincy Jungle ran Madden simulations with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton as the man under center for every team in the AFC, the Browns (and Steelers and Ravens) included. Spoiler alert: Dalton would be a Super Bowl champion were he a New England Patriot. You and me both, Red Rifle.

Also, Kyle Smith breaks down Andre Smith’s remarks on moving from tackle to right guard this year, a move brought about when Kevin Zeitler left in free agency and landed in Cleveland. With a cap hit of $3.25 million, it’s his job to lose. With that in mind, the Bengals brought their roster to 90 men on Tuesday, signing rookie free agent guard Cameron Lee. Rebecca Tobak covers that here.