AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens



Bengals second-round WR Tee Higgins believes they can get things turned around in Cincinnati right away and produce a winning season. 

“I feel like we can really turn the organization around and come out with a winning season this next season,” Higgins said, via “I’m really looking forward to it.”


New Browns DC Joe Woods says he envisions his defense having a dime package as it’s base.

“I would like to transition into a dime system, but it is going to be something that is going to take time to get into, just because of getting their reps,” Woods said, via “Eventually, I would like to have a nickel package, where we have two linebackers on the field, but also, just to create better matchups and be a little bit more diverse in our scheme, I would like to get to a dime package, where we are putting an extra safety on the field.”

Regarding their linebacker corps, Woods explained that it will be something they feel out over the season. 

This is going to be a situation where once we get on the field and we start running our defense, it is going to be how well they fit in a specific position. Are they capable of making plays, based on the scheme? It is going to be something we are going to have to feel out once we get back for training camp,” Woods said. “I will tell you what, all of those guys in the meetings really have been doing a good job so I know mentally they can handle it. It is just physically, what are they capable of doing?


  • The Athletic’s Jay Glazer doesn’t see Ravens QB Lamar Jackson slowing down as long as he can stay healthy, pointing to the massive strides he made in improving his accuracy going into last season. 
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer mentions Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley and CB Marlon Humphrey as non-quarterbacks who could merit an extension this summer. 
  • Ravens 2019 third-round WR Miles Boykin says Jackson will be hosting a workout for him and other receivers in Florida next week. (Jamison Hensley)
  • Ravens G D.J. Fluker signed a one-year, $1.075 million deal with a $25,000 signing bonus. (Jamison Hensley)
  • Ravens LB Pernell McPhee signed a one-year, $1.187 million deal with a $137,500 signing bonus.
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