Morning take: Beck excited in Baltimore

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.

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.

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.