Training camps begin in two weeks and every NFL team is gearing up for the grind to begin anew. Though the offseason lull lingers for a few more days, that hasn’t done much to halt the league’s never-ending news cycle. Here’s the latest ongoings around the non-Cleveland Browns franchises that make up the AFC North.
Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore Beatdown’s Vasilis Lericos has a bone to pick with the Ravens’ coaching staff, namely their repeated willingness to rotate players in and out of various positions rather than coaching them up in the one they can do best. He singles out the offensive line, as well as the inside linebacker position next to C.J. Mosley as those that need more decisiveness and less experimentation this year.
Also: Lericos gives his five bold predictions for the Ravens’ upcoming training camp, including who he has pegged to serve as the team’s starting right tackle this year.
Cincinnati Bengals: Rebecca Tobak from Cincy Jungle wonders if there is room on the roster this year for rookie wide receiver Josh Malone. The fourth-round draft pick is one of 12 receivers currently with the team. Even if the Bengals choose to keep seven of them (rather than six) on the 53-man roster, will that be enough to to secure him a job?
Also: Anthony Cosenza explains the rift between the Bengals and one of their historically-best players, Corey Dillon, and Dillon’s attempt to repair it as the Bengals celebrate their 50th anniversary as an NFL franchise.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Flipsteeler at Behind the Steel Curtain breaks down where the Steelers stand at present in relation to the 2017 salary cap. This is crucial knowledge, given that the team may still try to get a long-term contract in place with running back Le’Veon Bell before the July 17th deadline as well as try to lock down left tackle Alejandro Villanueva and defensive end Stephon Tuitt to new deals of their own this summer.