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AFC North Minicamp Runaround


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Now that the Ravens have broken their organized team activities for the summer only to reconvene at training camp, their AFC North counterparts have done the same.

And if you've read religiously – which I hope is the case – you know what the purple and black has been up to.

So what's up with the rest of the division?

Let's take a quick run around it for the latest updates from Bengals, Browns and Steelers camps.

  • Cincinnati Bengals Top Questions:How does Cincinnati's receiving corps stack up with Chad Ochocinco finally making it back to camp? … Who between Mike Nugent and Dave Rayner will kick for the Bengals? … Is "Pacman" behaving himself?
    Answers:With the recent release of Chris Davis, the Bengals have 10 guys now in the receiver mix, led by Ocho.  A big push was made during camps by Texas rookie Jordan Shipley, while risky free-agent signee Matt Jones faltered by most accounts.  Still, it's going to take a lot of work for Ochocinco to get back up to speed after only attending the mandatory minicamp… It looks like Nugent, who went 12 of 12 during minicamp, has the lead in the kicking game… Everyone out of Bengals camp says Adam "Pacman" Jones is doing everything he needs to as a professional. He made a good push as a returner and third cornerback.
  • Cleveland BrownsTop Questions:Is it Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace or rookie Colt McCoy starting at quarterback for Cleveland in Week 1? …  Coming out of camp, what does the Browns' starting lineup look like? … Will last year's leading tackler, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, be there for training camp?
    Answers:Head Coach Eric Mangini didn't name anyone the outright starter at the end of their minicamp, but all signs point to it being Delhomme, who threw 18 interceptions in only 11 games in 2009… According to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, former Raven Tony Pashos will be in the starting lineup at right tackle.  And also notable, rookie cornerback Joe Haden – a Maryland native – will be there for the defense… Apparently, Jackson, a University of Maryland alumnus, is going to be ready, as he finally signed his restricted free agent tender.
  • Pittsburgh SteelersTop Questions:What's up with Ben Roethlisberger? … Will first-round draft pick Maurkice Pouncey hold out as the earliest Steelers draft pick in a long time? … Can running back Rashard Mendenhall put the offense on his shoulders?
    Answers:The Steelers quarterback has been aloof with the media this offseason for obvious reasons, but he apparently has also been aloof with his teammates. Trusted receiver Hines Ward thinks he needs to address the team soon. … It's odd for linemen, especially those taken in the second half of the first round, to hold out. And, the Steelers have eight of their 10 draft picks signed. If anything, they need Pouncey to be there, because they had major offensive line problems last year. … Mendenahall, the player whose shoulder Ray Lewis broke two years ago, is going to have a huge workload, but Head Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers want to amp up the power running game. Mendenhall's compact 225-pound frame could get the job done.
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