Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 8/7 Edition
Today's AFC North Required Reading includes a firsthand account of what it's like to work with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, two takes on the Bengals' first depth chart of the season, why Colt McCoy is upset in Cleveland and how Steelers rookies are faring thus far.
Though both Haloti Ngata and Bryant McKinnie missed the beginning of Baltimore Ravens training camp, and though neither men took to the practice field before Monday, Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun says that Ngata looks like he hasn't missed a beat, even though he has gained weight. McKinnie? Apparently he was much less impressive. Read about both, here.
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Bleacher Report's Ryan Riddle was once a member of the Baltimore Ravens; he breaks down what it was like being teammates with Ravens legendary linebacker Ray Lewis.
Matt Gray of Bleacher Report also offers up his analysis of this first Bengals depth chart.
It's official: The Cleveland Browns have named rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden their starter. Though this comes as no surprise to many, fellow Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is none too happy about the announcement, saying to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other members of the assembled media that he thought he'd have a shot at the job and that he's disappointed in how things played out.
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ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley is reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick David DeCastro isn't coming along as quickly as hoped in camp, with his physical game struggling though his mental game is up to speed.
However, Jim Wexell of SteelCityInsider.com says there's less to worry about; DeCastro simply has to work on his technique and not get overpowered, which takes a bit of time but that there's no reason to consider him anywhere close to a bust.
Speaking of Steelers rookies, Bleacher Report's Chris G. breaks down how each has fared thus far now that we're at the halfway point of training camp.
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