Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
Quarterback John Beck says he's "very excited" about joining the Baltimore Ravens this season.
Morning take: Beck is in a good spot reuniting with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The former Miami Dolphins head coach didn't get enough time to mold Beck before and now gets another opportunity.
Can the Pittsburgh Steelers be an even better team in 2009?
Morning take: Only time will tell. But going into the season, I feel Pittsburgh is better prepared to repeat than any team in the past four years.
By the way, the Cleveland Browns ranked No. 114 in ESPN's Ultimate Standings for sports franchises.
Morning take: The Cavaliers were rated much higher (No. 5). But Cleveland remains a football-crazed city, so it doesn't have the same level of impact.
Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick Andre Smith says he doesn't want to hold out.
Morning take: No rookie wants to hold out of training camp. It just seems possible because of the team involved, Smith's agent troubles and the lofty draft position as the No. 6 overall pick.