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AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers


  • Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot notes Browns first-round CB Greg Newsome may have exceeded expectations during OTAs and minicamp and could start right away. 
  • He’ll compete with Browns CB Greedy Williams, who is still ramping up gradually after missing all of last season with nerve damage in his shoulder. 


Ravens HC John Harbaugh said third-round OL Ben Cleveland is a great fit for the team’s offense.

“I think we have a pretty well-defined and clear understanding of what we want to be on offense. He fits that,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “That’s a big, strong, powerful guy that likes to rough people up, and that’s how we want to play.”

OC Greg Roman thought getting Cleveland in the third round was a steal for the Ravens.

“He was the best run-blocker in the draft this year,” Roman said. “We were able to draft him when we were, which is unbelievable. We’re really excited about developing Ben into an absolute road-grading offensive guard.”


Hall of Fame and former Steelers HC Bill Cowher said Ben Roethlisberger is prepared to lead a terrific season for the organization given skeptics are assuming “he’s done.” 

“He is a great competitor,” Cowher said, via Nick Shook of Around the NFL. “I’m sure he’s just thriving right now with the fact everyone thinks that he’s done, the Steelers are done. I used to always say to people, I’d say the greatest thing in sports is to do something nobody thinks you can do. It’s one of the greatest accomplishments. And I think right now Ben is just thriving on that. He can’t wait to get out there, probably (champing) at the bit to prove (it).”

Cowher views Roethlisberger as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. 

“I would be very surprised if he didn’t have a great year this year. It’s a tough division. He’s a Hall of Fame player, first ballot, no question about it. He’s won two Super Bowls and been to three, yet he continues to play the game with a great passion, a great competitor, and I think you’ll see that this year.”

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