AFC North Notes: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers

     

Bengals

Bengals HC Zac Taylor mentioned during an interview with Pro Football Talk that he’s committed to Andy Dalton being the team’s starting quarterback. 

“I’ve watched Andy closely for the last eight years dating back to his college days and throughout the NFL,” Taylor said. “I was in the AFC for a long time so we had a lot of crossover with Andy. I’ve always thought very highly of him. I think he’s a great fit for what we’re going to do. He’s really smart. He’s accurate. He can get the ball out on time. So I think he’s gonna fit this offense to a ‘t’ and I’m excited to work with him.”

Ravens

New Ravens OC Greg Roman mentioned that he plans to tailor his scheme towards QB Lamar Jackson.

“We’re literally redefining everything we do as a staff, as a group,” Roman said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “Literally, everything: every formation, every route, every run, every route concept. How can we make this offense — which up until this point has been good — we’re trying to make it as great as we can be.

“What’s it going to look like?” Roman said. “It’s going to look like how our players tell us it should look like. Obviously with Lamar at quarterback, it’s going to be tailored towards Lamar.

Steelers

  • Sources tell Albert Breer that Antonio Brown still hasn’t spoken with any member of the Steelers’ brass including HC Mike Tomlin, GM Kevin Colbert and owner Art Rooney since the season ended. 
  • According to Breer, Brown’s tweet about wanting to “move on” may have been the result of him trying to capitalize on a busy start to the news week. A source tells Breer: “He’s not a bad guy, but he craves attention and credit.
  • Breer confirms that the Steelers are not interested in trading Brown to a division rival or the Patriots. 
  • According to Breer, Brown’s camp has made multiple trade requests over the past two months. 
  • One issue that could impact a trade for Brown is that other teams have reportedly expressed a belief that if they were to do a deal for Brown, he’d ask for a contract adjustment.

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