AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers


  • Liz Mullen reports Browns first-round CB Greg Newsome II left CAA Sports and now doesn’t have an agent. 
  • Per’s Mary Kay Cabot, Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson was arrested for drunk driving on May 27. She was driving 55 in a 35 mph zone and had a blood-alcohol level more than two times the legal limit. 
  • She pled no contest to driving under the influence and had other charges dropped. She paid the fine but had her license suspended and must attend a driver intervention program. Brownson also faces possible discipline from the Browns and the NFL. 
  • Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said Brownson won’t lose her job over the incident. (Nate Ulrich)


Ravens OC Greg Roman mentioned he is open to QB Lamar Jackson taking more deep shots.

“You’re talking to the person that was once accused of trying to run it, run it and then throw it over their heads,” Roman said via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “Our goal is to win, and if teams are giving us opportunities to throw the ball deep, it’s upon us to work hard and figure that out and really take advantage of that because those are game-changing plays.”

Roman also believes RB J.K. Dobbins can be a dual-threat weapon. 

“We’d love to really have a threat out of the backfield. J.K. is a very talented athlete,” Roman said. “He didn’t do much route-running in high school or college, really. He was just toting the rock, getting handoffs. I think he has got the skill set and the talent to really include him as a viable weapon in the passing game. That’s a big focus of what we’re doing right now.”


Steelers’ backup QB Mason Rudolph, who signed a one-year extension earlier this offseason, said that he is committed to playing in Pittsburgh.

“At the end of the day, I want to be in Pittsburgh,” Rudolph said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “This is where I was drafted. This is home. This is where I want to continue to play.”

Rudolph mentioned that his goal is to become the Steelers’ starting quarterback. 

“That’s my goal, is to be a starting quarterback in this league and for our team,” Rudolph said. “I’m working toward that goal every single day. I can only control myself and the way I prepare — the way I approach and play in OTAs and camp — and that’s on the forefront of my mind.”

Rudolph isn’t concerned about his contract expiring after this season. 

“I’m not worried about 2022 or anything like that. I’m trying to live in the moment and be the best I can for my team.”

As for his one-year extension, Rudolph feels that the organization gave him a “vote of confidence” going forward. 

“It’s always good to get a vote of confidence from your team,” Rudolph said. “Still, my outlook and my approach is proving myself every day … It’s encouraging, and Pittsburgh’s a place where I want to be for a long time. I love the whole organization here. It’s home. That was exciting, but it doesn’t change my approach.”

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