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AFC North training camp roundup: The legend of Legatron continues

News and notes from training camps around the AFC North.


Baltimore Ravens:

The biggest event so far at Ravens training camp is newly extended Justin Tucker drilling a 69-yard field goal. You can see the video here.
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Aside from that, the Ravens have had a relatively promising camp thus far. Rookie cornerbacks Maurice Canady and Tavon Young have impressed early on and undrafted free agent linebacker Patrick Onwuasor has already lit up three different running backs in the backfield.

Perhaps the most promising news though, is the return of two fully healthy stars. Both Joe Flacco (torn ACL) and Dennis Pitta (dislocated hip) have been full participants in training and they don’t seem to have missed a beat.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

The Steelers training camp’s biggest talking point has been about Antonio Brown and his wish for a re-jigged contract. Brown did turn up to camp, having acknowledged that holding out would get him nowhere, but the two sides are yet to have serious talks. He does, however, still believe the something will get done.

In other news, 3rd year linebacker Ryan Shazier and 2nd year wide receiver are both reportedly impressing. Shazier had a very good day yesterday in one-on-one coverage with running backs. Meanwhile Coates, who is looking to fill Martavis Bryant’s role in the offense, has wowed with several big plays and several athletic plays in a variety of scenarios. This is all good for a Steelers team looking to get back to the franchises great heights.

Cincinnati Bengals:

Like the last few years, there isn’t a lot of drama heading into Bengals camp. They know pretty much every start for each position and they have a host of talent that they just have to develop. They only have to deal with expectations. Thankfully for Bengals fans, they seem to be doing the right things.

First of all, A.J. Green and Andy Dalton are already impressing with their chemistry and Green is as always just toasting every corner who goes against him. Despite that though, all the cornerbacks are prasing that as each time he does it, he is giving them individual training points.

That isn’t the only example of that type of leadership either. Pro Bowl defensive end Carlos Dunlap has openly praised last year’s first round pick Cedric Ogbuehi and has also been coaching him after each snap; telling what to do and what not to do.

With that type of environment and the talent the Bengals have, they seem poised to finally get a playoff win.

Cleveland Browns:

Like pretty much every year, the Browns are dealing with a QB controversy to start training camp. However, new head coach Hue Jackson has stated that he will be ending the controversy before the first regular season game, and the consensus opinion is that it will be Robert Griffin III. Not only has RG3 been getting the majority of first team reps, and impressing for the most part, but he was Hue Jacksons QB in that Jackson chose to bring him in to compete for the starting job. With that decision out of the way, the team can rally around one QB and work to start the season strong.

In other spots on the roster, Jackson is apparently impressed with the young squad. Converted quarterback Terrelle Pryor is making plays in his new position and is building chemistry with RG3. The two connected on multiple passes including a deep pass. Second year players Danny Shelton and Cam Erving are also impressing. Erving has reportedly improved on and off the field and is set to take over the starting center role.

Most importantly, the players seem to be responding to Jackson, which is certainly promising for the Browns desperate fan base.


Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

AFC North training camp roundup: The legend of Legatron continues

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