AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Browns

  • BrownsZone.com’s Scott Petrak says while Browns QB Baker Mayfield has seemingly done a better job of maturing as he enters his third season, the real test will come when the season starts. 
  • While Petrak doesn’t think the Browns will trade TE David Njoku before the deadline this season, he also doesn’t think Njoku will play out his fifth-year option in Cleveland in 2021. 

Ravens

Most players don’t have a say when they’re traded. But Ravens DL Calais Campbell was able to approve the deal sending him from Jacksonville to Baltimore and he could not have asked for a much better landing spot. Not only are the Ravens widely regarded as a quality franchise, but coming off a 14-2 season as the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the 33-year-old Campbell sees potentially his best chance to win his first Super Bowl. 

“Honestly, it’s a great situation to be in,” Campbell said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The team is very, very talented. You look at Baltimore’s roster up and down and there’s talent everywhere. Throughout the draft, we got even stronger at some of the positions where we needed help. I’m really excited about the opportunity. I think, you know, this is one of those times where, I’ve been playing football for 12 years and I’ve been close a bunch — you know, I’ve played in what, three championships games, one Super Bowl — but I haven’t been able to win it yet. So, I feel like, this team, as talented as it is, this is probably going to be the best shot I have. And so, my mindset is just embrace it, treat every moment special and make each moment count.”

Steelers

By all indications, the NFL is pushing toward conducting the 2020 season as normally as possible despite the continued presence of COVID-19. But former Steelers HC Bill Cowher, who along with his wife went through a bout with the virus back in March, isn’t alone in having doubts about the league’s ability to pull it off. 

“I mean, there’s so much anxiety and worry about what’s next, to do the right thing because it varies from state to state,” Cowher said via the Athletic’s Ed Bouchette. “Testing will be everything, making sure the fans feel comfortable and safe; more importantly, the players. Even if it doesn’t involve fans, maybe what we can do is be able to still see it on TV. But testing will come down to being everything as it comes to playing a season this year.”

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