AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens

     

Bengals

  • Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic says that while paying RB Joe Mixon now could avoid a potential holdout in the future, paying running backs is a luxury that most teams (including the Bengals) will be unable to afford due to the pandemic impacting the current market.
  • Dehner Jr explains that Mixon holding out would serve no purpose, as no one is likely to do well in free agency next year. In fact, Dehner Jr says it’s very likely that none of the great running backs in line for extensions will get more than $10 million per year.

Browns

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski told reporters that he’s determined to spread the ball around between RB Nick Chubb, RB Kareem Hunt, WR Odell Beckham, WR Jarvis Landry, and TE Austin Hooper.

“I actually went over that with the offensive staff this morning, just talking about carries, touches, and what that looks like,” said Stefanski, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “It’s definitely on our mind. We know, having been on different teams with different offensive players, sometimes you have a great running back, great receiver or great tight end, and certainly, you have to be mindful and intentional about how you want to go about that while understanding that each week calls for a different gameplan.‘’

Ravens

Ravens OC Greg Roman said QB Lamar Jackson has been examining ways he can improve in all aspects of his game this offseason. 

Lamar is still relatively a young player,” Roman said, via Ryan Mink of the team’s official site. “Really, all aspects of his game he was able to look into with a critical eye and discuss certain things. I think it’s been very valuable for him. I don’t think it’s been just one thing, it’s really everything.”

Roman also praised Jackson’s creativity on the field and reiterated how they want the quarterback to progressively improve in multiple ways. 

“I think there’s a magic to his style and how he plays – some creativity. We always want to focus that creativity and that energy into winning football and winning football decisions on the field – accuracy, timing, vision, all those things. It’s a constant, slow, steady upward tick in all those different categories,” Roman said.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh mentioned that their offense’s passing attack will focus on forcing defenses to adjust to certain packages and find openings. 

And a lot of times, the way our offense sets up sometimes, those throws will be outside, intermediate or downfield – downfield down the middle or down the sidelines. It can be on the sidelines with outs, comebacks, deep curls, deep stop routes. It can be deep stop routes over the middle. These are all types of routes that we have time to throw, a lot of times. If we can, really, [we want to] more and more hurt people,” said Harbaugh. 

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