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Top 4 issues facing AFC North teams

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

  Ravens The saying goes when you have 2 QBS you don’t have any. What if you have 5 QBS?
4 The D played very well last year. Can they continue to keep that going with new DC Don “wink” Martindale?
3 The run game was up and down. Can R Alex Collins revive the run game?
2 The WR group was totally reworked. Is this group any better than the one in 17?
1 Flacco has been down the last several years 29th in passing y 17. Can he get the O going to get back into the playoffs?
   
  Bengals
4 Will new blood help an OL that was decimated by losses over the last 2 seasons?
3 Can R Joe Mixon get the run game going?
2 Can the pass D survive the losses they suffered because of cuts?
1 RV Dalton has not won a playoff game in his career. Can he even get there this year?
 

 

Browns
4 CL retained HC Jackson with a 1-31 record. How long will he survive?
3 CL was 18th in rushing despite refusing to run & let R Isaiah Crowell leave in FA. Is there any hope for the run gm?
2 D was 31st in scoring D but the O turned the ball over and over. Will it play better this season?
1 How long will CL let Q Baker Mayfield sit before throwing him to the wolves? It will not be pretty!
   
  Steelers
4 Can the young DBS get the job done with 2 rookies in the group?
3 PT Traded WR Bryant. How will the reworked WR Group play this season?
2 Will PT ever get R Le’Veon Bell to sign a long term contract?
1 Q Ben Roethlisberger played well LY. How will he react to the drafting of Mason Rudolph?

 

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Ravens

The biggest issues are OL, Dbackfield & Flacco.
5 Will the two injured G’s from last year recover and solve the OL issue?
4 Was RB Collins a one year wonder or will he be able to average 4.8 yards/att that he had last year?
3 How will the new WR group solve the issues they had last year?
2 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield play better this year than they did last year?
1 Will Flacco ever get back to all pro level of play?
Browns
The biggest issue with CL is the head coach. How did he keep his job after going 1-31 in 2 seasons?
5 RB Hyde is the new RB but will Jackson allow him to carry the ball enough?
4 Will WR Josh Gordon stay clean & eligible to play this year?
3 Will the reworked Dbackfield produce better than last year?
2 Who will play LT since Joe Thomas retired?
1 Can Q Taylor get CL to win enough games to get him resigned or will the Rookie start next year?
Bengals
CN was bad last year. Unless the run game gets better, it will be worse this year.
5 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield recover from a very down year?
4 Will the WR group add a guy that can help Green get open?
3 Can the run game get going?
2 Will the OL get better or be as bad as last year? They did trade for LT Glenn from BF.
1 Can Q RV Dalton get back to a decent level of play & get
Steelers
The Dbackfield has played badly but the O is down too.
5 Will Bell play without a long term contract?
4 Can the OL get better ?
3 Can the D avoid the flood of injuries that it suffered last year?
2 CAN THE DBACKFIELD GET BETTER
1 Will Rothlesburger get them into SB?
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  • Published: Oct 6th, 2017
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The Cleveland Indians Have a Fan In QB DeShone Kizer

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With so much going on in the world of football it has to be hard for players to find the time for anything else, but rookie QB DeShone Kizer has found some time to help root on his city. Sure, the Browns are not starting off so hot this season, but that does not mean that Kizer has forgotten the things he loves to do.

Kizer was recently quoted as saying he, “loves the camaraderie they have in the locker room” about the Cleveland Indians. He is hoping to have enough time to attend a game or two this postseason and expressed sheer excitement about their upcoming games.

The Indians are certainly a bright spot for Cleveland right now since the Cavs are just getting the season started. Hopefully, for the city of Cleveland, they can have a deep run into the playoffs and then jump right to the Cavs continuing last season’s dominance.

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  • Published: Jun 24th, 2017
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Ravens
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Will the Run D improve its level of play w/addition of DT Williams & loss of DE Guy?
4 Will the rebuilt O line protect Flacco better than last year?
3 Will Macklin help the passing game?
2 Will the pass D hold up with the additions of Jefferson, Carr & keeping Webb?
1 Will quarterback Joe Flacco be as productive as he was last year?
Bengals

5

Can a banged up and aging D compete with PT & BA?
4 How much heat is HC Lewis feeling this year about making playoff & win 1 game?
3 Will the run D improve its level of play w/addition of ILB Minter?
2 Will O line recover from loss of LT Whitworth & RG Zeitler?
1 Can Andy Dalton (the reverse vampire) ever win a playoff game?
Browns

5

Will WR Gordon ever play again for the Browns?
4 Can the staff get WR Britt & the 2nd yr WRS corps to produce with the loss of Pryor?
3 Can the D ever figure out how to stop the run?
2 Can CB Joe Haden play up to his 2014 level or is he done?
1 When will QB DeShone Kizer be ready to start?
Steelers

5

Does anyone but staff believe Landry Jones is capable of winning games?
4 Has the coaching staff realized that PT is now an O based team?
3 Can the D backfield hold up this year better than in 2016 w/addion of Sensabaugh?
2 Will Le’Veon Bell sign his franchise tag & play this year?
1 Can the O line protect Roethlisberger or will he be hurt again?

 

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: May 23rd, 2014
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Dissecting the 2014 NFL Draft – Cincinnati Bengals

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Note: On News, Notes & Rumors we have all pro RB Abner Haynes. Last night’s interview with former Browns QB Kelly Holcomb covered the impact of a QB controversy on the players involved and the team. It is available on fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Join us at 6 PM EDT on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

The Bengals have made the playoffs the last couple of years but have yet to win a playoff game. The biggest issue in those games has been the lack of accuracy and decision-making by QB Andy Dalton.

1/24 Darqueze Dennard CB – Dennard is a do it all CB without top speed but will fit well in the Bengals D scheme. He was a value at 24.

2/55 Jeremy Hill RB – Hill is a very skilled RB with enough off field baggage to require a 747 to transport it to Cincy. The old joke about the Bagels was they had to go no huddle because too many of the players were not allowed to be within 10 feet of another felon.

3/88 Will Clarke DE – Clarke was one of my under the radar guys. He is very productive and will do well in the Cincy D scheme. While others are calling this a reach, I think he is a solid value here.

4/11 Russell Bodine C/G – Bodine surprised scouts by coming out and should have stayed in school another year. He was a reach by a round that the Bagels traded up to get.

5/164 A.J. McCarron QB – The Bagels drafted another weak armed QB. A.J. Survived in the south with anticipation making up for the lack of a big arm. That will not work in the winds of December in the AFC North.

6/212 Marquis Flowers OLB – He is fast and is fairly productive but lacks the instincts to make him special. His best chance to make the squad is to be a special teams star.

7/239 James Wright WR – Wright never became a starter at LSU despite his 6-3 size. He was totally off the radar of most scouts and is a long shot to make the team.

7/252 Lavelle Westbrooks CB – A small school guy that is a big hitter against the run and the pass. At 5-11 he has decent size and was picked where he was expected to go.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Dissecting the 2014 NFL Draft – Baltimore Ravens

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Ravens and pigeons are just rats with wings. That is why I call them the Ratbirds.

17 C.J. Mosley ILB – C.J. was the top ILB on my board. He has speed and instincts but does not make many plays behind the line of scrimage.

48 Timmy Jernigan DT – Jernigan went into the 2013 season as the 2nd DT in the draft. He fell late in the season and in the pre-draft period in part due to a diluted drug test. He is a fair value at 48 and will be part of the rotation.

79 Terrence Brooks FS – Brooks is an under rated player that is productive and a tough center fielder. He will likely start for the Ratbirds and was picked about where he was expected to go.

99 Crockett Gillmore TE – Gillmore was one of my favorite under the radar guys. He is big with good hands and will block more than most TE prospects. While others see him as a serious reach, he was taken about where I expected.

134 Brent Urban DE – Urban has a history of injuries and was a reach in the 4th round. He was not as productive as you would expect based on his physical assets. He has little experience and it remains to be seen how much they get from him in 2014.

138 Lorenzo Taliaferro RB – RB Ray Rice looked done in 2013. But Taliaferro was a serious reach. I am not sure what they saw in him but I rated him as a 7th round value.

175 John Urschel OG – Urschel was another serious reach. He is a decent G with fair feet but again I had him rated as a 7th round pick not a 5th rounder. They need help on the O line.

194 Keith Wenning QB – He is not going to challenge for a starting position any time soon but is a decent developmental QB. He has a decent arm and can make most of the NFL throws. He was a minor value in the 6th round.

218 Michael Campanaro WR – This was the second best value for the Ratbirds. Campanaro is a slot guy with speed and quickness that can separate in a short area. He was rated as a 5th round value.

Overall they had 4 good picks and the rest were reaches or just so-so. The Ratbirds are an aging team with a lot of holes. They only filled a few of them in the draft.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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