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Morning take: Endorsing Colt McCoy

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:

  • Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur gave second-year player Colt McCoy a strong endorsement as the starting quarterback.

Morning take: The Browns are all-in with McCoy this year. McCoy needs to verify that endorsement by winning games this upcoming season. That's the best way to keep his job.

Morning take: First-round corner Jimmy Smith will wear No. 22 and second-round receiver Torrey Smith will wear No. 82. Those are the key rookies to look out for.

  • Champion received a lot of publicity last week for its high-profile split with Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Rashard Mendenhall over his controversial tweets.

Morning take: There's a saying that all publicity is good publicity, but I disagree. Champion is often lost in the spotlight of bigger sports apparel companies. But I don't think this is how it wanted to get in the news.

Morning take: I'm intrigued by the outside linebacker and cornerback positions. Rey Maualuga is likely going inside, leaving a spot open at outside linebacker. Cincinnati may also have to find Johnathan Joseph's replacement at corner, with Adam Jones being the favorite.