AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Titans

     

Browns

  • Ian Rapoport mentions Browns’ executive Paul DePodesta already has a relationship with Eagles DC Jim Schwartz and likes that he’s known for holding players accountable and his use of analytics.
  • Rapoport mentions Patriots OC Josh McDaniels definitely wants” the Browns job, which happens to be something he “dreamed about since he was a kid.”
  • Cleveland hopes to conclude their head coaching search by the end of the week, per Rapoport. 
  • According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, Browns exec Alonzo Highsmith is still with the organization for now and is not leaving for a position with the University of Miami.
  • Some teams with vacancies at special teams coordinator are monitoring what happens with Cleveland ST coordinator Mike Priefer before making a hire. (Alex Marvez)

Ravens

The Ravens have been tight-lipped about the status of RB Mark Ingram for this week’s playoff game against the Titans. But there’s a chance Baltimore’s 1,000-yard rusher will be limited or even have to sit out with his calf injury, which would shift backup RB Gus Edwards into a bigger role. Edwards was Baltimore’s lead back down the stretch as an undrafted rookie last year and Ravens OC Greg Roman said they “really don’t have to skip a beat” with Edwards in the game. 

“I like to take every rep with that mindset that it’s my opportunity to show what I can do,” Edwards said via Ryan Mink of the team’s website. “It’s unfortunate what Mark is going through right now. But I’ve got to step up. That’s why I’m here. I’m here to make plays and run the ball and help my team win games.”

  • Ingram returned to practice on Thursday, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley
  • Ravens HC John Harbaugh said Ingram was limited in practice: “We’ll just have to see how it goes.” (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Ingram and Ravens TE Mark Andrews (ankle) were both officially listed as questionable, though Baltimore is optimistic both will be able to play. (Mike Garafolo)

Titans

  • Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, one NFC executive doesn’t see the contract situation with the Titans and QB Ryan Tannehill dragging out this offseason: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tannehill and Tennessee come to an agreement before free agency. They have a good thing going, and the money shouldn’t be outrageous. They can work something out.”
  • Titans WR Adam Humphries (ankle) and LB Jayon Brown (shoulder) are both expected to be out against the Ravens this week. (Erik Bacharach)

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