AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens



Bengals DL coach Nick Eason said that there may be an expanded role in store for former Texans DT D.J. Reader who the team signed this offseason.

“We talked about that level of expectation we’re going to have for him,” said Eason, via “He’s going to be involved in our sub-packages and every package we have. His role is going to be expanded with us. His role is going to more than in Houston.”


Browns HC Kevin Stefanski announced that they have added six coaches for the final three weeks of their offseason program as a part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.

This group includes Akron TEs coach Chris Cook, Steelers’ women’s training camp participant Angela Baker, Stephen F. Austin WRs coach Leonard Hankerson, Holy Cross quality control coach Ashton Grant, Bryant University coaching analyst Elena Grigelevich, who is a coaching analyst at Bryant University, and Southeast Missouri State defensive pass game coordinator Ray Smith Jr.

“The Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is the type of program that can be very impactful to the coaching hiring process,” Stefanski said. “There are some really good football coaches in the NFL that are here after their first exposure came as a Walsh Fellow and we are pleased to have six fellows join us this summer. Diversity is always going to be an important component of what we do in our organization because it helps us become a better organization. This will be a great experience for our fellows, learning is an important part of this program and our coaching staff will be good resources for them.”


Ravens HC John Harbaugh spoke about how much the Lisfranc injury sustained by WR Marquise Brown affected him during the 2019 season.

“The biggest issue was the fact that he really was limited in practice,” Harbaugh said, via “He really couldn’t practice [last year]. He’s really motivated and driven. He gets out there earlier, he stays late. But he couldn’t put a lot of pressure on that foot day in and day out.”

Harbaugh also mentioned that he is excited to see what Brown can bring to the team this coming season when fully healthy.

“That’s going to be really interesting to see because his talent is at a high level,” Harbaugh said. “His motivation is at a high level. His hands are better, and really kind of a lot better, than we thought. Not that we didn’t think he had good hands, but he’s got really good hands. So all those things, I can’t wait to see when he gets back.”

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