AFC North: Blake Griffin

Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
  • New Cleveland Browns rookie tight end Jordan Cameron showed off his athleticism in an entertaining video with NBA star Blake Griffin.
Morning take: Basketball has translated well for NFL tight ends, as evident by former hoop stars Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. Cameron is raw but it's clear he has some ability.
  • Speaking of Jordans, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jordan Palmer doesn't want to be written off yet. He wants to compete for a starting job with new draft pick Andy Dalton.
Morning take: Credit the enthusiasm, but it's clear the Bengals don’t have a lot of confidence in Jordan Palmer as a starting quarterback. Competition or no competition, the Bengals drafted Dalton to win the job.
  • The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens will not pursue tampering charges against the Arizona Cardinals for their reported "understanding" with pending free-agent quarterback Marc Bulger.
Morning take: Most tampering cases are difficult to prove, but this is especially true during a lockout. Is it me, or is Baltimore getting hit right now from all different directions?
Morning take: Backup roles are likely, and that's usually how it works in Pittsburgh. But an injury or two could force some of its rookies into starting roles. So they have to stay ready.

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