AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Bengals

Bengals DC Lou Anarumo praised rookie LBs Akeem Davis-Gaither and Logan Wilson for their contributions in Week 5. 

“There were some good things by young players (Sunday), which is great to see,” Anarumo said, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “They’re doing well. Hopefully, they won’t hit the rookie wall.”

  • Bengals first-round QB Joe Burrow said figuring out how to get WR A.J. Green involved in the offense is a priority: “We need some better chemistry. We do. It’s a work in progress and we are going to get it right.” (Paul Dehner Jr.)
  • Bengals HC Zac Taylor said Green is scheduled to be off Wednesday but return to practice Thursday. He nicked up his hamstring Sunday: “He’s feeling good.” (Jay Morrison)
  • Taylor added there’s a “strong possibility” DT Geno Atkins plays more snaps this week. (Ben Baby)
  • The Bengals worked out DT Demarcus Christmas, LS Dan Godsil, and DT Trevon McSwain. (Aaron Wilson)

Browns

Browns’ WR Odell Beckham was a contributor in the team’s win over the Colts on Sunday and believes that things are finally coming together for him since the Browns are now 4-1 for the first time since 1994.

“I have a tattoo that has a barcode, and it says, in this order, ‘Two thousand, a hundred and twenty.’ And it really stood for 2,000 yards, 100 receptions, and 20 touchdowns,” Beckham said, via Pro Football Talk. “But it starts and ends with 20 and 20, and I had been talking about 2020 for so long. It’s just like all the stars have aligned.”

Ravens

  • Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Ravens RB Mark Ingram said that while he obviously would love as many carries as the team can give him, he understands Baltimore has a deep rotation with Gus Edwards and second-round rookie J.K. Dobbins: “As many times as they call my number is how many times I like to run. Obviously, I want the ball. Obviously, I want to be on the field getting into a rhythm and making plays. At same time, we have a great [RB] room.”

Steelers

  • Jake Nisse of the New York Post lists the Steelers as a potential landing spot for former Jets RB Le’Veon Bell given they were reportedly interested in him at the trade deadline last year.
  • The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette notes Steelers secondary coach Teryl Austin made a favorable impression on Falcons owner Arthur Blank when he interviewed twice for the job as the Lions defensive coordinator in 2015. 
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