- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Should the New England Patriots be favored over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC?
Morning take: Quarterback Tom Brady and New England have Pittsburgh’s number. The Patriots deserve to be the AFC preseason favorites. But eventually everything will be settled on the field.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is happy to have safety Taylor Mays.
Morning take: The Bengals were high on Mays in last year’s NFL draft but took tight end Jermaine Gresham instead. Now, Cincinnati has a chance to work with Mays one year later.
How big a gamble is new Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie?
Morning take: Work ethic and conditioning are major concerns. But the Ravens need McKinnie’s talent on the offensive line. They are counting on Baltimore's solid locker room to keep McKinnie focused.
New Browns head coach Pat Shurmur's West Coast offense is bringing excitement to Cleveland.
Morning take: I think Browns fans would take any offense over what they saw last season. Shurmur's group looks sharp so far, which provides hope for the regular season.