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Morning take: Roethlisberger's image

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

  • How much has Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger changed his image?

Morning take: Roethlisberger has done about as much as he can do in one year. But this isn't an overnight fix. Roethlisberger will have to continue this path for the long haul.

  • Running back Ray Rice wants to stay with the Baltimore Ravens for the long term.

Morning take: Rice's contract ends after this season. The Ravens will be looking to give Rice the first large extension of his career following what should be another productive year.

Morning take: This will be a meeting between Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton and Cincinnati's Andy Dalton. Both will be looking to lock down the job while out-dueling one another.

Morning take: The Browns have a lot to learn and a short amount of time to do it. Training camp can't start soon enough for this team, which is in transition with a rookie head coach in Pat Shurmur.