AFC North: Brian Robiskie

Using a second-round supplemental pick on former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon might have been a gamble for the Cleveland Browns, but it was a smart gamble.

When Mike Holmgren took over the Browns, the cupboard was bare at wide receiver. Even though former coach Eric Mangini used 2009 second-round picks on wide receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi, neither offered the play-making ability to match the previous offenses that had Braylon Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow.

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Brett Davis/US PRESSWIREBaylor receiver Josh Gordon offers more potential at the position than anyone on the Bowns' roster.
Don’t expect much more than 45 catches from Gordon as a rookie, because he’s so far behind for conditioning and learning an NFL offense by entering the year so late. But at least quarterback Brandon Weeden has more potential to work with at receiver. Gordon, Greg Little and fourth-round choice Travis Benjamin form the core group of receivers he will work with over the next couple of years.

Ultimately, general manager Tom Heckert will be judged on the decision last year to give wide receiver Julio Jones to the Atlanta Falcons in a five-pick deal. Jones is considered a future Pro Bowl receiver. The trade gave the Browns the extra ammunition to get Little last year, along with fullback Owen Marecic. It gave them the ability to draft Weeden as the starter in 2012.

Getting Gordon -- even at the cost of a second-round pick -- was worth it. It might take Gordon until 2014 to be a legitimate starter. Little or Gordon might never be as good as Jones, but if Heckert is right on Gordon, the Browns have more potential playmakers at receiver to start climbing out of the bottom of the AFC North in the next few years.

Sitting back and waiting until next year’s draft for a receiver would have been a bad gamble. They can develop Gordon now. Face it, the Browns aren’t going to be a playoff team this season. They are rebuilding. Gordon is a nice piece of the puzzle.
All this week, the AFC North blog will take a look back at the 2009 draft for each team in the division. For Tuesday, we'll review the draft for the Cleveland Browns:

First round: Alex Mack, C

Second round: Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi, WRs, and David Veikune, LB

Fourth round: Kaluka Maiava, LB

Sixth round: Don Carey and Coye Francies, CBs

Seventh round: James Davis, RB

Thumbs up: The Browns traded down twice and came away with a Pro Bowl center in Mack, although it's debatable whether the team would be better shape now with Mark Sanchez or Josh Freeman (both quarterbacks were selected in the slots that the Browns traded out from). Maiava showed promise in starting six games last year, his best season with the Browns. Other than that, there's not much to smile about.

Thumbs down: You have to question the Browns' strategy when it comes to addressing the wide receiver position. Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt were available in the first round when the Browns selected Mack. Mike Wallace was sitting there in the third round. Instead, Cleveland went with Robiskie, who is no longer with the team, and Massaquoi, who is the No. 2 receiver by default. The other second-round pick, Veikune, is the defensive end for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Hensley's grade: D. All that's left from this draft is a quality center, a marginal starting receiver and an average backup linebacker. This draft, the first under the Eric Mangini regime, is among the reasons why the Browns are digging out of a talent hole.

Series history: Browns-Ravens

November, 30, 2011
Sunday marks the 25th game between the Ravens and Browns. Here's a look at the series history:

Site: Cleveland Browns Stadium

Overall: Ravens lead, 17-7

Streak: Ravens have won last six

Coaches vs. opponent: Ravens' John Harbaugh (6-0), Browns' Pat Shurmur (0-0)

Last meeting at site (Dec. 26, 2010): Ravens 20, Browns 10. Joe Flacco only throws for 102 yards but he connects with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Derrick Mason for touchdowns. Cleveland's only touchdown came on a 29-yard pass from wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi to Brian Robiskie.

TV broadcast: Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker.

Quote to note: “I’m aware of the history. It’s interesting, some of the young players don’t know the history of our game, it’s just because they’re young. I think the history of what’s going on here is important to know and at some point I’ll talk about that with them. But, professional football players, they find a way to play well regardless of whom the opponent is and the history of the organizations and I think that’s the focus. Watch who these guys are on tape, understand who their matchups are, understand what the plan is and go play. I think that’s the focus.” -- Browns coach Pat Shurmur on the Ravens

AFC North evening notes

November, 1, 2011
Here are some notes around the AFC North:

BROWNS: The team signed running back Thomas Clayton, who had two stints with the Browns last season, after a tryout and waived wide receiver Brian Robiskie, 2009 second-round pick. Robiskie had touchdown catches in the final three games of last season but was buried on the depth chart this year. Clayton will add depth at running back, where there have been injuries to Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty.

RAVENS: The team placed linebacker and special teams player Prescott Burgess on injured reserve but didn't announce any addition to the roster. Burgess, who led the Ravens in special teams tackles the past two seasons, had been cut twice and brought back both times.

STEELERS: After a team source told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that LaMarr Woodley is out for the Steelers' game against the Ravens, the linebacker said on a social media outlet, "Don't count me out yet. Big game on Sunday." Woodley, the AFC sack leader, injured his hamstring last Sunday. ... Head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed linebacker James Harrison (eye) has been cleared to practice. “We’ll reevaluate him a little later in the week,” Tomlin said. Harrison posted on Twitter that he would not play against the Ravens. ... Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who replaced injured Hines Ward (ankle), will have his left knee evaluated. Ward is expected to return to practice this week.

Morning take: Timmons on the rise

August, 18, 2011
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North: Morning take: Timmons is one of the NFL's most athletic linebackers. He should be a force in 2011 now that experience is on his side.
Morning take: Green and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis both say the injury isn't serious. But any injury scare to the No. 4 overall draft pick is going to be a concern.
Morning take: This should be the natural progression for a fourth-year quarterback. Flacco didn't have a lot of freedom to audible in previous years. But he's been in the system long enough to take more ownership.
Morning take: Robiskie is being pushed in camp for the starting job by rookie Greg Little. Little's ceiling seems higher, but Robiskie has a couple years of experience working in his favor.
The Cleveland Browns continue to send mixed messages when it comes to their wide receivers.

When the offseason began, president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert said they were confident in their much-maligned group. But later that spring, they used a high draft pick to select former North Carolina receiver Greg Little in the second round.

After the draft, the Browns' brass said, again, it likes this year's group and feels the West Coast offense will help struggling receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie. But on Monday, Holmgren identified wide receiver as a big need in free agency on the "Cleveland Browns Daily" radio show.
"Certain positions I think are fairly obvious that we're probably going to look at a little stronger than others," Holmgren explained. "The wide receiver position is a position we're going to look at, [and] we're going to look at some defensive linemen, even though we drafted a couple."

Although I agree Cleveland is thin at receiver, the Browns need to be more consistent with their message. It appears they're trying to play both sides by saying they believe in Massaquoi and Robiskie, while also trying to acquire players who can replace them in the starting lineup.

Mixed messages aside, it's a smart move for the Browns to be in a market for a receiver. A starting-caliber receiver would help second-year quarterback Colt McCoy develop, and McCoy will need all the help he can get learning a new offense in a short amount of time.
This week marks the return of the "Hope and Concern" series in the AFC North blog. But this time, we will examine certain positions.

On Thursday we start with the much-maligned Cleveland Browns receivers.

Biggest reason for hope: West Coast offense

It's hard to describe the style of offense the Browns were running the past two seasons under former head coach Eric Mangini and former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Archaic and simplistic are some words that come to mind. Cleveland's passing game was very conservative and it was a big reason why president Mike Holmgren made the coaching change to an offensive mind in Pat Shurmur. The Browns believe running a better system -- in this case the West Coast offense -- will make Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie better players. Neither starter could get open consistently, but better routes and play-calling might help this upcoming season. The West Coast offense also plays much better to quarterback Colt McCoy's biggest strength, which is his accuracy.

Biggest reason for concern: Lack of athleticism

The Browns are one of the slowest teams in the NFL, and it shows in their receiving corps. Neither Massaquoi nor Robiskie is considered a speed burner who can get behind the defense. That makes it easy for opponents to defend Cleveland's offense and stack the line of scrimmage against standout running back Peyton Hillis. In my opinion, the ceilings for Massaquoi and Robiskie are not very high. Although the pair certainly can play better and work on consistency, what we've seen from them athletically the past two seasons is pretty much what the Browns have. It would help if Cleveland found a legitimate No. 1 receiver to take the pressure off Robiskie and Massaquoi. The Browns are high on second-round pick Greg Little, who could help but might need time to develop after missing all of 2010 via suspension. Little is not a deep threat, but he's big enough and athletic enough to fight defenders for jump balls and can break tackles after the catch. Little potentially could bring the type of athleticism to the offense Robiskie and Massaquoi both lack.

Poll: Surprise AFC North rookies

June, 20, 2011
We have another interesting poll question for our community. This week we ask which AFC North rookie will surprise in 2011? We have several good candidates from April's NFL draft.

Will it be Cleveland Browns receiver Greg Little? The Browns drafted Little in the second round despite missing a full year of football at the University of North Carolina. Cleveland has a huge need at receiver and Little will compete with the struggling Brian Robiskie for a starting job in training camp.

What about Baltimore Ravens third-round pick Jah Reid? Baltimore's offensive line was inconsistent last year and the team hopes Reid can fill a spot at right tackle. An injury to Jared Gaither kept him out all last season and he's unlikely to return. Can Reid step in and surprise?

Also, can Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Curtis Brown step up? With veteran Ike Taylor about to test free agency, Pittsburgh needs its young cornerbacks. Brown, a third-round pick, will compete with other inexperienced corners such as Crezdon Butler and Keenan Lewis for a role on the defense.

Finally, is Cincinnati Bengals' pass-rush specialist Dontay Moch the biggest candidate to surprise? Moch registered 30 career sacks at Nevada, which is an area the Bengals struggled the past few years. Can Moch make an impact getting the quarterback in the same way 2010 draft pick Carlos Dunlap did last season?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which under-the-radar rookie could surprise in the AFC North. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Hope and Concern: Browns

June, 16, 2011
The AFC North blog continues its series this week on reasons for hope and reasons to be concerned for teams in the division. On Thursday we take a look at the Cleveland Browns.

Biggest reason for hope: Front office

The Browns appear to be in the right hands with president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert. Both are experienced and come from winning programs, and that appears to be rubbing off after just one year in Cleveland. Holmgren and Heckert had a good first draft in 2010 and recently pulled off a shrewd trade for the Atlanta Falcons' first-round pick in 2012. In terms of talent, the Browns have a lot of ground to make up with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. Holmgren and Heckert were smart to realize it won't be a quick fix and are building the team the right way.

Biggest reason for concern: Passing game

Is Colt McCoy a franchise quarterback? Do the Browns have good enough receivers? Can Cleveland make a smooth transition to a West Coast offense? There are numerous questions surrounding the Browns' passing game, and the answers do not look promising. McCoy, who went 2-6 as a starter, showed some flashes but really struggled with his accuracy and arm strength late in the year when the weather became an issue and he played against top defenses in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Cleveland's receivers may be the worst in the league. Mohamed Massaquoi is not a No. 1 receiver and struggles to get open against top corners. Brian Robiskie was forced into the starting lineup last year and hasn't showed much, and rookie Greg Little didn't play football last year. The lockout also has halted progress of learning the new West Coast offense. With all of these factors, Cleveland's passing game could struggle this season, especially early.
The likelihood of free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress landing in the AFC North was slim to begin with. But it appears the one team which could have made a push in the division is out of the running.

A league source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Browns will not pursue Burress in free agency. The receiver was released from jail this week and will return to football for the first time since the 2008 season once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

Cleveland has the thinnest group of receivers in the AFC North and plenty of money to spend in free agency. But according to the report, the team will not touch Burress, who will turn 34 later this year.

Currently Cleveland's top receivers are Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie and rookie Greg Little. The Browns may still look to add more competition in free agency.
Receiver Plaxico Burress will be released from jail on Monday and has assessed his potential landing spots. In the AFC North, the only realistic possibility for Burress is the Cleveland Browns, who have a big need at receiver.

But should Cleveland take a chance on the now 33-year-old receiver who has been out of football since 2008?

The Browns are severely lacking quality and depth at receiver, and Burress knows the division well after spending five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's a big, physical receiver who can potentially help the Browns close the talent gap in the division with the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

Cleveland starting receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi are not enough to help second-year quarterback Colt McCoy get to the next level. Burress is no longer a top-flight receiver. But if he's healthy and can get close to the level of three or four years ago, he would be someone the defense has to account for.

Burress is expected to get interest from several teams around the league, which could drive up the price and take the Browns out of the running. But in the event the price and interest remains low on Burress, pursuing him could be a risk worth taking for the Browns.

Draft Watch: AFC North

March, 24, 2011
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Each Thursday leading up to the NFL draft (April 28-30), the NFL blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: schemes and themes.

Baltimore Ravens

Two of Baltimore's needs involve players to fit a certain scheme. Defensively, the Ravens are searching for a versatile pass-rusher who can complement Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs and play in both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. Baltimore is one of the few teams that play a varying scheme. Suggs is the prototype, because he can put his hand in the dirt as a defensive end as well as stand up and rush the passer or drop into coverage. The Ravens have reportedly shown interest in several pass-rushers, including Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Georgia’s Justin Houston.

Offensively, the Ravens need a speedy deep threat at receiver to plug into offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's vertical passing game. Baltimore wants to run an attacking-style offense that puts more pressure on the defense. But the team struggled to stretch the field with mostly possession receivers last season. If the Ravens can find a burner who can make the same impact Mike Wallace did for the Pittsburgh Steelers two years ago, it could take Baltimore's offense to the next level. One option could be Maryland receiver Torrey Smith.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are one of two Ohio teams switching to a West Coast offense this season, and that will impact their draft strategy.

For starters, Cincinnati has to draft a quarterback to fit the system, which is based on timing and accuracy. Franchise quarterback Carson Palmer wants out and threatened to retire. In his mind, he's not coming back and the Bengals have to plan accordingly. Cincinnati has been linked to Auburn's Cam Newton the most. But don’t rule out Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett or other top quarterback prospects.

Depending on the future of veteran Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati may also be in the market for a receiver. All indications are that the Bengals want to go younger at the position, which would make Ochocinco, 33, trade bait this offseason. Georgia receiver A.J. Green could be a possibility for Cincinnati at No. 4 overall.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns are in a similar situation to Cincinnati. A new West Coast offense under rookie head coach Pat Shurmur will emphasize the passing game, and Cleveland has lots of questions at receiver.

It's hard to envision Cleveland throwing the ball at least 55 percent of the time to its current group of receivers. Brian Robiskie, Mohamed Massaquoi and Chansi Stuckey struggled to get open consistently and make plays last season for rookie quarterback Colt McCoy.

Green could be that impact receiver for the Browns. But they have bigger needs, such as defensive line. The Browns are also switching to a 4-3 defense and are short on defensive ends and tackles. Filling one of those positions would make the most sense with the No. 6 overall pick. Teams like the Steelers (Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders) have proved that quality receivers can be found after the first round.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh's biggest need is at cornerback. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau specializes in getting pressure from his front seven. So the players in the secondary need to be physical and sure tacklers. One possibility could be Texas cornerback Aaron Williams, who fits that description.

Also, the Steelers are always in the market for 3-4 defensive linemen and linebackers, even when it's not a huge need. So don't be surprised if Pittsburgh adds more players to its front seven to stockpile for a couple of years and learn the system.

Offensively, the Steelers need help at tackle and guard. Many in Steeler Nation would love to see Florida's Mike Pouncey join his twin brother, Maurkice. But that's probably not going to happen unless the Steelers move up from the No. 31 overall pick.

AFC North mailbag: Fab 40 fallout

February, 28, 2011
Our second annual "Walker's Fab 40" drew a strong reaction from our community. Let's answer some questions about it from our division inbox and AFC North Twitter page.

Brian from Washington, D.C., writes: Did you forget Todd Heap? Heap had five TDs as opposed to Heath Miller's two, as well as more receiving yards.

James Walker: I didn't forget Heap, Brian. He made last year's list, but we listed him among 10 potential snubs for this year. In fact, Miller was the only tight end to make "Walker's Fab 40," with Heap, Ben Watson and Jermaine Gresham all in strong contention. That's just the way it turned out this year. There are 53 players on each team. So when you narrow down 212 AFC North players to 40, some good ones are going to be left off. Heap was definitely one of them. As far as Miller, you can't only look at this year's statistics. Miller remains the most complete tight end in the division, despite suffering injuries and not putting up great numbers. He also played a quarter of the season without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended the first four games.

Potter_Law via Twitter writes: How do you put Ray Rice above Peyton Hillis and Rashard Mendenhall? Rice had a very mediocre year to be in your top 10.

Walker: Again, Potter, not everything is based on this past season's stats. But if you want to go there, Rice had 43 more rushing yards than Hillis and 40 more receptions than Mendenhall. All three tailbacks are very good. That is why they were all ranked in the top 13, which is impressive considering all the great players in the AFC North. But Rice gaining 1,776 total yards from scrimmage in what's considered a "down year" is proof of how dynamic a talent he really is.

Kovacs from Santa Monica, Calif., writes: I hate to criticize such an arbitrary list like the Fab 40, but you are wrong for having Joe Haden as the fourth best CB in the division.

Walker: Haden (No. 33) had a good rookie year, Kovacs, but he still has to prove it over a longer period. Haden was a second stringer for the first half of the season. His production took off once he replaced Eric Wright in the starting lineup. Veterans like Johnathan Joseph (No. 19), Ike Taylor (No. 20) and Leon Hall (No. 31) have been consistently good throughout their careers, and that's what I'm looking for from Haden in upcoming years.

Charlie from Chardon, Ohio, writes: What are the chances the Browns bring back my favorite player and best fullback in the league: Lawrence Vickers?

Walker: Vickers' future in Cleveland is definitely in question, Charlie. I talked with him shortly after the season and he didn't know if he was coming back with the coaching and scheme changes on offense. The Browns will do a lot more passing this year with a West Coast offense. So they have to determine if spending money on a top power fullback is worth it to them. Vickers will land somewhere, because he's a good player.

David from College Park, Md., writes: Do you see any chance the Ravens let Willis McGahee walk and resign Le'Ron McClain?

Walker: McGahee is more likely to return than McClain, David. Baltimore would love to have McGahee back at a reduced rate but don't want to pay $6 million for a backup tailback, which makes sense. It will be up to McGahee to decide if he wants to return for less or explore other opportunities. I don't think the chances of McClain coming back are great. The Ravens are fine keeping McClain in his same role as a blocking back, but that's not what he wants. McClain wants to carry the ball a lot more, which he did when he led the Ravens in rushing in 2008. That won't happen in Baltimore with Rice as the feature back.

WyllysInVA via Twitter wants to know if there's any chance the Steelers go after Joseph.

Walker: Pittsburgh does not go after other team's high-priced free agents. The Steelers are more focused on keeping theirs -- with LaMarr Woodley and Taylor being this year's priority -- while building through the draft. Plus it looks like the going rate for corners is shooting through the roof.

Algiff via Twitter writes: Do you think Joseph will be more expensive than Taylor in the free-agent market?

Walker: Yes, I do. Joseph is four years younger, and that alone could lead to more years and more money on the contract. In my opinion, Joseph also is a more dynamic playmaker in terms of intercepting the ball and creating big turnovers. There's a chance, too, that Taylor will take a hometown discount to stay with the AFC champion Steelers. Joseph likely won't do the same to remain with the downtrodden Bengals.

Mike from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, writes: Is it possible that the Steelers can extend the contracts of LaMarr Woodley, Ike Taylor, Willie Colon, Lawrence Timmons, and Troy Polamalu?

Walker: I don't believe all five players will be addressed in the offseason, Mike. The Steelers will definitely negotiate with Woodley and Taylor and see where that ends up. Colon's situation with Pittsburgh is more uncertain as he works to get back to 100 percent. Two players you mentioned -- Timmons and Polamalu -- are still under contract until 2012. The Steelers usually let draft picks play out their full contracts (see Woodley), so Timmons would have to wait. I wouldn't rule out a Polamalu extension, but only after the team's immediate needs are taken care of.

Comment and complaint department

Ben from Pensacola, Fla., writes: Ike Taylor in the top 20 AFC North players? Not buying it. The only reason he's not the worst starter on the Steelers' D is because Bryant McFadden is playing across from him. He's a solid corner overall, but he's also inconsistent and drops a lot of potential INTs. Him being ranked ahead of elite DLs like Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith is laughable.

Michael H from San Antonio writes: I had to read over your Fab 40 a couple times to make sure I wasn't missing it, but I think you skipped over someone. Cleveland's TE Ben Watson. Last season's 68 REC, 763 YDS, and three TDs are a monster stats for a TE. I think his career in New England shows his "culmination of career consistency" and should continue to succeed under a west coast offense.

Walker: Ben, Taylor had another solid season for Pittsburgh and has consistently been the team's No. 1 corner. He's not flashy because he doesn't make a lot of interceptions. But Taylor consistently does a good job against opposing No. 1 receivers, and it's noticeable the amount of times teams throw away from him in favor of testing McFadden and William Gay. Michael, on Saturday we wrote that Watson was our biggest Fab 40 snub. He was No. 41 and the first player out. It came down to Watson and Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff, who got the nod after a historic and Pro Bowl season.

Cooper from Baltimore writes: As a die-hard Ravens fan, this is excellent Carson Palmer wants out. Palmer has the ability every Sunday to beat top teams, as proven against the two best defenses in the Ravens and Steelers. Cincy's best option is to take him seriously and get what they can for him while he still has it.

Dzip11 via Twitter writes: As a Bengals fan, if they don't get Johnathan Joseph resigned it gets even harder to defend their moves.

Walker: Cooper, you bring up a good point. The Steelers and Ravens will not shed a tear over Palmer potentially leaving the division. Palmer had some success against both defenses, particularly Baltimore's. Dzip11, were you defending Cincinnati's personnel decisions before?

Kevin from Arlington, Va., writes: You can't label Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi misses yet. They simply were not used properly by Eric Mangini and Brian Daboll! You can’t make plays when there’s very little emphasis on getting the ball to you! Let's see what happens next year, assuming there is a next year, before deciding these guys can't play.

Walker: Fair point, Kevin. I do have a hard rule that I will not label any player a draft bust after their rookie season. The NFL is too difficult for everyone to "get it" right off the bat. Polamalu is a great example. But after two seasons all bets are off. At that point I think you have a good idea about a player in most cases, especially if they received playing time like Massaquoi and Robiskie have. Occasionally a player will surprise and become a late bloomer. But from what I've seen over two seasons, I would be surprised if Robiskie and Massaquoi develop into Pro Bowl-caliber receivers.

If you have any questions, comments or complaints, please send them to our AFC North inbox.

Morning take: Browns WR misses

February, 23, 2011
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North: Morning take: Braylon Edwards, Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi were all recent misses for Cleveland. Should that scare the team away from blue-chip prospect A.J. Green of Georgia?
Morning take: Not nearly as much as a team like the Browns. The Steelers have a veteran group which will run the same system.
Morning take: Click the link and find out.
Morning take: The Ravens should continue to take their time with Kindle. There's not full contact until training camp anyway. So the longer the wait, the better.