AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens

     

Bengals

  • Per the Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., Bengals HC Zac Taylor said WR A.J. Green will be monitored this week with his hamstring injury. 
  • He adds DE Sam Hubbard is definitely out this week and might miss a couple of weeks with his injury. 
  • Taylor doesn’t expect G Xavier Su’a-Filo to return until after the team’s bye in Week 9. (Ben Baby)

Browns

One of the Browns’ biggest weaknesses in 2019 was their offensive line. So it was one of the areas the team put the most resources into this offseason, signing RT Jack Conklin to a big deal in free agency and drafting LT Jedrick Wills 10th overall. But the biggest addition might have been hiring OL coach Bill Callahan, who has the whole unit playing like one of the best in the league, especially with the emergence of unheralded third-year G Wyatt Teller on the right side. 

“First off, experience is big. He’s seen everything,” Browns C J.C. Tretter said via Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “It’s great to talk through things with him because he’s got an answer for almost any issue that pops up. And not just one way to pick things up or to draw up a run. He’s got multiple answers for each look. And I think one thing that’s really impressed me working with him is his ability to scheme up runs that open up big running lanes for us just based off film study that he does and understanding what the defense is doing. It’s been really cool watching him work.”

  • Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Browns QB Baker Mayfield says he expects to be able to play through his rib injury next week against the Steelers: “Oh, yeah. Mama didn’t raise no wuss.”
  • Browns HC Kevin Stefanski says Mayfield is sore and the team will see how he works through it this week. (Scott Petrak)
  • Teller picked up a calf injury that Stefanski is terming week-to-week. (Petrak)
  • Browns S Ronnie Harrison is in the concussion protocol. (Tony Grossi)

Ravens

The Ravens weren’t really tested much by the Bengals on Sunday and cruised to a 27-3 win to move to 4-1 on the season. But the team left the game with a sense of urgency to improve an offense that is 31st in the league in passing and averaging 46 fewer rushing yards per game than a year ago, though it still ranks third in the NFL in that category. 

“Every win is a blessing, and whenever you can get one, you have to take that and run with it,” Ravens TE Mark Andrews said via the Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec. “But there are times when our offense isn’t clicking, and we need to get better. So, it is what it is. We have to be better in all aspects — the run game, pass game, everything. We have a lot to get better at.”

  • Ravens HC John Harbaugh said they think WR Miles Boykin is playing well despite not having many catches: “We want to get him more involved.” (Zrebiec)
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