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Morning take: Dixon or Batch as No. 2 QB?

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

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers have to decide soon if Dennis Dixon or Charlie Batch will be the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Ben Roethlisberger.

Morning take: Dixon is younger, and the ability to make plays with his feet adds another dimension to Pittsburgh's offense. That may give him the edge.

  • The Cleveland Browns claim former Baltimore Ravens guard/tackle Oniel Cousins off waivers.

Morning take: The fall has been fast for Cousins. He was Baltimore's starting right tackle a few weeks ago, then a right guard and now he's with Cleveland. Cousins has a shot to replace Eric Steinbach, who is out with a back injury.

  • Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is preaching patience with rookie receiver Torrey Smith.

Morning take: The second-round draft pick has had some drops in the preseason. Baltimore hopes Smith can put those behind him and contribute.

Morning take: Jennings will play right away behind starters Leon Hall and Nate Clements. Pass defense has been an issue for the Bengals in the preseason.