AFC Notes: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, JuJu Smith-Schuster


Bengals OC Brian Callahan said the team has to protect QB Joe Burrow better vs. Kansas City.

“There’s multiple things that go into it,” Callahan said, via “Some of it was five-man protection related. They were bringing some zero blitzes into our five-man protections and one or two times we tried to kind of hold onto it and take a shot down field. That didn’t work out in our favor. Certainly have to be better there. The games and the twists and stunts and things that we’ve got to pick up a little bit better.”

“Can we be smarter about holding the ball? If there’s an opportunity to get rid of it, we’d like to get rid of it. Then you just have to win one-on-one and sometimes guys are going to lose and again, we’re okay with that. It happens. But nine sacks is more than obviously you’d want to see in any particular game and it’s got to be better this week.”



  • Per PFN’s Aaron Wilson, multiple league sources have indicated Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster would be interested in signing with the Chiefs this year in free agency. Smith-Schuster nearly signed with them last year before returning to Pittsburgh. 
  • However, ESPN’s Brooke Pryor says not to rule out Smith-Schuster coming back to Pittsburgh. She points out they found a way to bring him back last season when they had even less cap space and it was obvious they missed his energy this season. 

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