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Around the AFC North: Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster Have Social Media Beef


Steelers: Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster Feud on Social Media

JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown are no longer teammates, and apparently no longer friends.

Since being traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, Brown has taken several Twitter jabs at Smith-Schuster.

The feud started when a fan tweeted at Brown about how Smith-Schuster was voted the Steelers' Most Valuable Player in 2018 by his teammates. Brown had won the award four times, but Smith-Schuster led the Pittsburgh in receptions (111) and yards (1,426) last season.

Brown responded by bringing up Schuster's crucial fumble during a loss in Week 16 that crippled the Steelers' playoff hopes.

Smith-Schuster decided to fire back Sunday. He questioned the size of Brown's ego and seemed mystified why Brown had beef.

Then Smith-Schuster went retro on Brown, using a Mark Twain quote to throw a dagger.

With Brown now in Oakland, the path is clear for the 22-year-old Smith-Schuster to assume the role of Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver. He had more yards and catches than any receiver in the AFC North last season.

Bengals: Could Bengals Draft a First-Round Quarterback?

The Bengals begin offseason workouts this week with a new coach for the first time since 2003. Zac Taylor has taken over for Marvin Lewis, who had a 16-year run as Cincinnati's head coach. It's going to be a big change for many players, including quarterback Andy Dalton, who spent eight seasons with Lewis.

Taylor has complemented Dalton since taking over as head coach, and Dalton came away impressed after their first meeting. With Taylor as their play-caller, the Bengals will have a different look offensively, and Dalton is eager to run the new offense.

"I feel like we hit it off right from the start," Dalton said. "He's going to be a great guy to work with and work for. He's seen me from afar. For him to show me that kind of respect is huge. You want that from the head coach, especially a guy that's an offensive mind, a guy that's going to be calling plays. It lets you be you."

However, media pundits, including NBC Sports’ Peter King, are wondering whether Dalton is in the long-term plans under the new regime. The Athletic's Dane Brugler, among others, has Cincinnati drafting a quarterback (Dwayne Haskins) at No. 11 overall.

Browns: Dorsey May Not Be Done Wheeling and Dealing

The Browns are being hailed as one of the NFL's big offseason winners for acquiring star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the New York Giants. That deal cost the Browns their first-round pick (17th overall), a third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers.

But that doesn't mean Cleveland won't reacquire a first-round pick. Via ESPN's Adam Schefter, Browns General Manager John Dorsey is considering trading back into the first round.

"Who's to say I won't go up in the first round?" Dorsey told Schefter on his podcast. "You never know. My phone's open. They can give me a call."

The Browns still have eight draft picks, starting with the 49th-overall pick in the second round. They are also in win-now mode, with many people declaring them the favorites to win the division.

Dorsey has proven he's not afraid to trade aggressively, and the Browns are the only AFC North team without a first-round pick. If someone offers Dorsey an opportunity to move back into the first round, he is sending a message that he'll consider it.

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