AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Bengals

  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline says the Bengals likely wouldn’t have much of a market if they tried to shop WR A.J. Green given his age and salary this year.
  • Bengals designated DT Mike Daniels to return from injured reserve. (NFLTR
  • Bengals signed DT Andrew Brown to their practice squad. 
  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports explores some potential trade matches that could make sense before the upcoming deadline including the Bengals trading DT Geno Atkins to the Buccaneers.

Browns

  • Per ESPN’s Jake Trotter, Browns S Ronnie Harrison has cleared the concussion protocol. 
  • Harrison admitted he’s had a few concussions already during his few years in the league: “It is scary but you have to minimize it as much as you can.” (Mary Kay Cabot)
  • Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said it’s unlikely G Wyatt Teller (calf) will be able to return this week against the Bengals. (Nate Ulrich)

Ravens

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson‘s passing mechanics were a big point of emphasis heading into last season. But his MVP season seemed to answer a lot of those questions given he led the league in touchdown passes. This year, however, Jackson has lower numbers in every single passing category, and some latched onto a regression in mechanics after he threw multiple sidearm balls in last week’s win against the Eagles. Jackson disputed that characterization. 

“I don’t think I’ve slipped,” Jackson said via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “There are certain situations in the game where you have to throw in certain windows, with the guys putting their arms up trying to slap the ball. There were a lot of tipped passes during our games, and I’m trying to find angles. So, that’s why sometimes my elbow drops trying to get the ball out.”

Jackson’s QB coach, James Urban, also said he’s not worried about Jackson throwing the ball sidearm. 

“I’m more concerned about his base, his platform and the biomechanics of the delivery than some of those things that he does great naturally,” Urban said. “I know there are some other players around this league who get publicized for how amazing it is that they can throw sidearmed.”

  • According to Tom Pelissero, Ravens RB Mark Ingram’s MRI revealed a mid- to high-ankle sprain but it is not considered serious.
  • Ravens HC John Harbaugh mentioned that he expects Ingram to return after their bye this week in time for Week 8 against the Steelers. 
  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports explores some potential trade matches that could make sense before the upcoming deadline including the Ravens re-acquiring WR Breshad Perriman from the Jets and TE Hayden Hurst from the Falcons.

Steelers

  • Per ESPN’s Brooke Pryor, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says so far so good with his surgically repaired elbow: “No setbacks, no issues. Every once in a while, I’ll go to the ground or get hit and I’ll feel at it, but those are more just bumps, nothing on the surgical site, so everything is going great.”
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