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AFC North Post-OTA Roundup

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The AFC North has completed its slate of team activities/minicamps.  Next stop:  Actual training camps.  While all four of our beloved teams fortunately sustained no significant injuries, some pre-camp questions and observations remain viable. And here they are.   Cincinnati Bengals The Bengals have signed all of their 2022 draft picks.  Here’s the cap space…

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AFC North Roundup

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It’s been a few weeks since we checked into the NFL and offseason happenings.  Here’s the latest from the AFC North.   Baltimore Ravens Another week with excess handwringing in the national media about QB Lamar Jackson’s no-show at the Ravens’ recent OTAs.  While Jackson’s (lack of a) contract is easy fodder for the sports…

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Guns.

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Full disclosure:  I am a proud gun owner. The picture above displays a 1906 Pieper Arms Co. special edition something-something.  It’s been handed down, more or less, for four generations, eventually landing in my hands after my mother passed a couple of years ago.  To the best of my knowledge, Mom never fired it, and…

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AFC North Roundup

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As OTAs approach, our beloved AFC North teams are in the process of signing their rookies and slotting their rosters to identify weaknesses and strengths.  There’s still plenty of legal, contractual and behavioral issues to sort out;  it’s still the offseason, which is where most player wrongdoing occurs and where most NFL discipline is determined…

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AFC North Post Draft Hangover Things

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We’re still at half-speed this morning and indeed, this offseason.  I promise to provide more detailed analysis the closer we get to training camps. By now, you’re aware of your team’s NFL Draft 2022 pickups.  The AFC North did collectively well, with solid additions to respective problem areas. The Ravens landed the draft’s best safety…

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AFC North Draft Talk & Things

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Hey, It’s Draft Day. No, Kevin Costner is not walking through that door.  Neither is Larry Bird, folks.  Add your franchise savior here. But you never know.  To be all cliché and rote, “every pick is making history”.  This next pick could be your franchise savior. Consider the Browns, whose Faustian bargain with embattled QB…

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AFC North First Round Possibilities

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The 2022 NFL Draft will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28-30, viewable as always via ESPN, NFLN and ABC local affiliates if necessary. And it’s still not soon enough. The AFC North’s teams tend to rely on solid drafting and effective prospect evaluation more than most.  The Browns have managed…

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Overtime Tweaks and the Decline of Defense

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Depending on your fan allegiance, you either reveled in yesterday’s approval of the New Overtime Rules by the NFL owners, or you just kind of didn’t care.  Or, like me, you were rigidly against any changes, having seen defenses so drastically undervalued throughout the league for decades that they cannot be counted on to perform…

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AFC North: Early Draft Needs

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The NFL’s free agency period for 2022 begins tomorrow, as does the official league year.  It’s always fun to evaluate rosters and project what each needs; this year, each AFCN team’s issues and free agency/draft focus are pretty evident.  While all four teams claim to hew to the “best player available” draft method, it’s often…

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Ben Roethlisberger: Oh, The Memories

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By now, you’re fully aware that long-time Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has announced his long-expected retirement.  “Big” Ben has been the AFC North’s most durable fixture since the Steelers drafted him in 2004, and has outlasted every AFC North player from that era.  Love him or hate him, he’s been an undeniable presence in our…

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