AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens

     

Bengals

  • According to the Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bengals are not done making additions at offensive tackle. 
  • Dehner confirms the team doesn’t see first-round OT Jonah Williams as a candidate to return later in the season. 
  • Dehner highlights fourth-round G Michael Jordan as a player the team believes could have a quick impact. 
  • Dehner believes the team is still working through how to handle WR A.J. Green‘s contract situation following his injury and the exploding market for wide receivers. 
  • According to Dehner, the team would prefer for one player to step up to replace Green while he’s out early in the season rather than fill the void by committee. 
  • Dehner notes fourth-round QB Ryan Finley continues to lag behind QB Jeff Driskel on the depth chart. 

Browns

Browns QB Baker Mayfield said they plan to use WR Antonio Callaway in “different spots” and is “progressing very nicely.” 

What we ask of everybody is consistency,’’ Mayfield said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We don’t want to be a rollercoaster team. You don’t want to be up and down. And I’m not saying that Callaway’s doing that every day, but we’ve got to be able to have guys that rotate and play different spots and we’re working him at a couple of different spots. We’re expecting a lot out of those guys and that’s the great part about it right now and so Callaway’s progressing very nicely.”

Browns HC Freddie Kitchens said Callaway must “keep getting better” and be more consistent with catching and running routes. 

He needs to keep getting better,’’ Kitchens said. “He needs to keep deciphering the coverages and his reads accordingly, and he needs to be consistent catching the ball and running routes, and he will get to where he is wanting to go.”

  • Browns OC Todd Monken said Thursday WR Callaway was on the second team because he checked into training camp out of shape. (Mary Kay Cabot)
  • Monken added that a report that Kitchens had been more involved in the offense than planned was “absolutely silly” and his start with the Browns “has been great.” (Scott Petrak)
  • Browns TE Demetrius Harris is in the concussion protocol. (Petrak)

Ravens

Ravens third-round WR Miles Boykin has been drawing rave reviews so far during training camp in Baltimore. Veteran WR Willie Snead compared Boykin to his former teammate in New Orleans, Michael Thomas, saying the rookie “was built the same” and “had the same mentality” as the league’s new highest-paid wideout. 

“He’s so long,” Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey said via Clifton Brown of the team’s website. “He’s just able to stack guys really well. That’s a thing that a lot of guys can’t do that aren’t as strong. So I’m really excited for the plays he’ll make this year.”

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