AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Bengals

  • The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. notes a mid-November return is on the table for Bengals CB Trae Waynes, as about 85 percent of players with pectoral injuries come back in three months. The Bengals play the Steelers November 15 coming off their Week 9 bye. 
  • Dehner notes Bengals first-round QB Joe Burrow and WR Tyler Boyd have had an early rapport in camp: “He has great body language in his routes. I understand when he’s gonna break and he knows where I expect to put the ball and I know where he wants the ball put on every route to every coverage. Things are going really well so far. We’re gonna continue to build that relationship, along with all of the other guys.”

Browns

After the team restructured his contract, Browns DE Olivier Vernon is ready to come back strong following a 2019 season that he considered a disappointment, due to his personal injuries and the team not living up to their hype.

   

Ravens

Ravens WR Marquise Brown spent his entire rookie season looking forward to 2020 as he battled through a foot injury. But after finally getting the screws removed from his foot two weeks after the season ended, Brown is healthy and looking to show off his other big accomplishment this offseason. After weighing around 157 pounds as a rookie, Brown diligently ate 4,000 calories a day in clean meals this summer to put on 23 pounds of muscle without losing any of his trademark speed. 

“I feel like he is going to have a huge jump – more than people may think,” Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “He was hurt last year. People didn’t know that. But he went out there and battled his tail off each and every game on a messed-up foot. And now his full potential is going to show this year, I feel. He’s still young, but he is going to show off. And my job is to get the ball out quicker because he’s a lot faster with that foot at 100 percent.”

  • The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec noted that Ravens WR Miles Boykin had his best day of camp after news broke the Ravens were working out free-agent WR Dez Bryant, who has a similar skillset to Boykin. 
  • He also noticed how Jackson did not push as hard for the team to sign Bryant as he did for free-agent WR Antonio Brown.
  • While Zrebiec isn’t allowed to say who, he notes the Ravens have rotated four or five players at center while Matt Skura is eased back into action. Patrick Mekari took over for Skura last year, while starting left guard Bradley Bozeman also has past experience at center and the team is high on UDFA C Trystan Colon-Castillo
  • Ravens G D.J. Fluker says he dropped his body fat percentage by half this offseason, going from 44 to 22 percent. (Hensley)
  • Ravens HC John Harbaugh said WR Antoine Wesley could be out multiple weeks with a shoulder injury, while UDFA TE Eli Wolf‘s injury shouldn’t be serious, per the coach. (Zrebiec)
  • The Ravens asked to work out veteran WR Russell Shepard but he indicated he’s done playing. (Ian Rapoport)

Steelers

  • Per ESPN’s Brooke Pryor, Steelers fourth-round G Kevin Dotson was back at practice in a jersey on Wednesday after going down with a knee injury Tuesday. Dotson appears to have escaped a significant injury. 
  • Steelers RB Benny Snell says he has slimmed down to 212 pounds from his listed weight last year at 224 pounds. (Pryor)
  • The Steelers brought in WR Cody White for a workout on Tuesday. (Albert Breer)
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