- Geoff Hobson of the team website writes that while Bengals C Trey Hopkins might not be ready for the start of training camp as he works back from a torn ACL, the team expects him to be ready for Week 1.
- Hobson expects the Bengals to just keep five linebackers and mentioned Logan Wilson, Germaine Pratt, Akeem Davis-Gaither, Jordan Evans and Markus Bailey by name.
- Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot expects the Browns to be cautious with WR Odell Beckham during training camp and not toss him in completely from Day 1 even if he’s ready to be full-go.
- If Browns S Grant Delpit is fully recovered from his Achilles injury that wiped out his rookie year, Cabot thinks he could start over Ronnie Harrison at safety.
- Cabot believes the Browns will try and get a deal done for G Wyatt Teller before the start of the season and if the money isn’t where he wants it, he’ll test free agency in 2022.
- Cabot writes the Browns could lean more on RB Kareem Hunt to try and help both him and RB Nick Chubb make it through the 17-game season healthy.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh believes DT Justin Madubuike has made a jump in the past year.
“He played well last year, and I do think he’s taken a big step,” Harbaugh said, via Ravens.com. “He dropped to the third round for whatever reason, and we were very, very fortunate and blessed to get him there. The way he played last year to where he is right now is very encouraging. So, I’m excited about him. I can tell you the defensive line is excited about him, too. I saw Derek Wolfe over there celebrating with him a couple times on some things he did well. So, yes – we’re fired up about Madubuike.”
Fellow DT Brandon Williams echoes Harbaugh’s statement.
“Madubuike can have as great of a season as he wants to,” Williams said. “What I see right now, after last year, he’s flying around. He has the playbook down a lot better. So, you can definitely see his feet being freed up, because he’s thinking a lot less. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to bring on Sunday. I’m already seeing so many good things, but we still have work to do.”