Morning take: Protecting Roethlisberger

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

Morning take: Roethlisberger is annually among the most sacked quarterbacks in the league, and part of it is due to holding the ball too long. I'm not big on Pittsburgh's offensive line, but it hasn't hurt the team's success in the past.

Morning take: Dalton's progress will be the biggest story for the Bengals in 2011. I like the many weapons around him, which should help his transition.

  • New Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard believes he can fit in well with the defense.

Morning take: Pollard is a big hitter, which is needed on any defense. He will compete with Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura to start opposite free safety Ed Reed.

Morning take: The Browns are thin at corner. Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown are the starters. But Patterson, rookie Buster Skrine or someone else needs to step up in reserve roles.