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Friday, June 28, 2013
Chat Rewind: Predicted sack leaders

By Jamison Hensley

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AFC NORTH

Duron (Columbus): Who lead each team in sacks?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Terrell Suggs (Ravens), Barkevious Mingo (Browns), Jarvis Jones (Steelers) and Carlos Dunlap (Bengals).

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Steve (Seattle): Who will have more sacks? Elvis Dumervil or Terrell Suggs? I think this could be the best tandem in the league next year.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Suggs will be motivated after being injured all of last year. He wants to prove he is still one of the top defensive players in the NFL. I think he has more left than people think.

TW (Nee Jersey): Ravens defense looks to be better than last year. Agree?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): On paper, you can certainly make the argument. I still want to see this group play. It's almost guaranteed that this group will be better against the run and get more consistent pressure on the quarterback.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

John (Cincy): Any good news regarding any of the Bengals contract extensions? Especially Geno Atkins?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Talks about extensions usually heat up again at the start of training camp. The big date for the Bengals is July 15th. They have to sign DE Michael Johnson to a long-term deal or he has to play this year under the tag.

JimBob (Fort Huachuca, AZ): JH, I haven't heard anything about Mohamed Sanu recently! How is his recovery going and do you think he can be the teammate to finally make people pay for doubling and tripling A.J. Green?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I saw him at the mandatory minicamp and he looked rusty in the one practice that I watched. Sanu dropped a couple of easy passes. But that could have been an "off" day for him. I expect him to start next to Green this year.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

James B (Tampa): Trent Richardson is a beast. But he's also injury prone. He says he wants to shake that label. Do you think anything less than a full season gets rid of it for him? Or will he still carry the label if he only misses one or two games?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The key is really his production. He played hurt last season. So, it's not a matter of just missing games. Richardson has to find a way to stay healthy and show it on the field. Injuries really affected his yards per carry (3.6) and his production down the stretch.

Tony (C-Town): Will Brandon Weeden be the Browns starting QB in 2014?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I think the Browns' new regime will give him a chance to show he can be a starter. But Weeden wasn't drafted by Joe Banner or Mike Lombardi. They very likely will want their "guy" and look to the draft to get him.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

bradblackandgold (Berkeley, CA): Hello JH. Any word on how the RB competition is stacking up in Pittsburgh? Someone will be out I would imagine. You've said before it is either Dwyer or Redman, but is that still the case?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Le'Veon Bell should be the starter. I would be stunned if it ended up being someone else. My feeling is Isaac Redman will be the backup and Dwyer will be gone.

Luke (Carlisle, PA): What's a reasonable estimate for the number of sacks for Jarvis Jones his rookie year?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Eight is a reasonable number. But 12 or 13 sacks would put him in the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation.