AFC North links: Urlacher lauds Lewis

May, 24, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens

Recently retired Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said former Raven Ray Lewis is the best middle linebacker of all time, reports John Breech of CBSSports.com.

Could Joe Flacco have his best season yet in 2013? The Baltimore Sun has five reasons why it could happen.

Flacco said the thing his young receiving corps still needs to develop is confidence. Flacco via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun: "One of the biggest things about Anquan [Boldin] is that he knew he was the man. So, when he went out there, he didn’t care what happened. He was the man. You don’t realize how much that helps out your play and your team’s play. And when these young guys can get to the point where they’re out there and their attitude is that, they have all the ability in the world, and I feel very confident with those guys.”

Cincinnati Bengals

The team signed second-round pick Giovani Bernard to a four-year deal worth about $5.253 million, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. The only two draft picks the Bengals haven't signed are first-round pick Tyler Eifert and third-rounder Shawn Williams.

Which players could the Bengals least afford to lose? Cincy Jungle's Josh Kirkendall came up with a list of five.

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer is listed as No. 3 on the depth chart, but the newly signed quarterback feels he could be much more. "No doubt I think I have the capability to be a starting quarterback," said Hoyer after his third OTA practice via Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.

Brandon Weeden is returning to Oklahoma to assist in the aftermath of the deadly tornado that wreaked havoc in Moore, Okla., killing 24 people this week, the AP reports. "I'll do anything, whether it's getting in the rubble and doing whatever, it doesn't matter," said Weeden. "I'll be there to help."

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger has some advice to the young quarterbacks who took the league by storm last season: Do it again. "People ask me all the time about these young quarterbacks," Roethlisberger told USA Today on Thursday. "Let's wait. One year does not mean a lot in this league. ... I'm not trying to take anything away from them. I think they did some great things last year, and they all have the potential to be great quarterbacks. But you don't want people to jump on their bandwagon so fast and put so much pressure on them to live up to those expectations."

Marcus Gilbert has taken the reps during the first week of organized team activities at left tackle, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Last season's starter, Max Starks, signed with the Chargers as a free agent.

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