Morning take: Ravens respond to Ryan
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
- Baltimore Ravens rookie Paul Kruger and coach John Harbaugh responded to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's recent remarks about giving No. 99 to a rookie who "hasn't proven [expletive]."
Morning take: Kruger called the remarks "childish," while Harbaugh explained that O.J. Brigance's No. 57 is the only jersey held back this season. Ryan later said he got too carried away.
- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said his arm strength has returned.
Morning take: This was never a major concern. But after a mostly inactive offseason, Roethlisberger struggled with deep throws early in training camp. Throwing every day for three weeks certainly helped.
- The Cincinnati Bengals and first-round pick Andre Smith remain far apart.
Morning take: It's kind of sad when a 20-day (and counting) holdout is not a surprise. It's looking more and more doubtful Smith plays in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.
- Coach Eric Mangini is not pleased with his Cleveland Browns after last week's preseason loss and a poor practice Tuesday.
Morning take: Mangini's hard-line approach will be something to monitor closely this season. So far, the players are not responding and playing good football.