Today's AFC North Required Reading includes the return of an absent Ravens offensive lineman, reports on an impressive Bengals cornerback, the latest on Mike Holmgren's future in Cleveland and two expert opinions on what Mike Wallace should do if he wants a contract from the Steelers.
After missing the start of training camp, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie says he will report to the team on Monday. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun , McKinnie confirmed this through a text message he sent to the newspaper and said of his absence that he had an "accident" but did not elaborate.
Shawn Brubaker of Bleacher Report outlines the four things that Ravens fans should be looking for during their team's four preseason games.
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Brandon Ghee had a strong showing in both OTAs and minicamp, and that has continued into training camp as well, says Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Bleacher Report's Chris Roling breaks down one advantage the Cincinnati Bengals have over each of their divisional rivals.
Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that because Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has sold his controlling interest in the team, it's not likely team president Mike Holmgren will be sticking around to see his five-year plan come to fruition. In fact, if the team changes hands in September, he may be gone as early as then.
We all know there's inherent risk in any NFL team seeking to start any rookie player, but this year, the Cleveland Browns could have four offensive rookies as starters. Barbara Bruno of Bleacher Report gives us seven reasons why doing so could be problematic this year.
After the Pittsburgh Steelers gave wide receiver Antonio Brown a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension on Friday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that holdout Mike Wallace has few options left if he'd like a contract of his own. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports agrees, saying Wallace needs to show up to camp, and he'll be in a good position for a deal to be made.
Bleacher Report's Chris G. has been attending Steelers training camp; here are his notes and observations from Sunday's session.