Morning take: Ravens have eight unsigned picks

July, 18, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

  • Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun astutely points out that the Ravens have eight unsigned draft picks and just three days to get them all under contract.

Morning take: After getting their top pick, Joe Flacco, in late Wednesday night, it's time to go to work. The biggest issue for the Ravens this weekend will be second rounder Ray Rice, considering the current confusion over the fourth year of contracts involving second-round picks and the potential for labor unrest.

  • Most of the recent talk in Cleveland has centered around the potential loss of Joe Jurevicius, whose recent knee surgery likely will result in the Browns receiver to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Morning take: The Browns were very lucky with injuries last year, which helped propel the team to a 10-6 season. With a growing list of ailments to Jurevicius, cornerback Daven Holly (knee) and guard Ryan Tucker (hip), it doesn't appear Cleveland will have the same level of luck in 2008.

Morning take: After that there was a significant gap in the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 21) and Cincinnati Bengals (No. 26). I wonder if this could play a factor in close division games this season?

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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