AFC North: Mel Tucker
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here is your one-stop shopping around the AFC North:
- In light of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer's recent comments bashing Ohio State, a neighbor recently dropped a copy of Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel's new book at Palmer's doorstep.
Morning take: Palmer thought he was looking forward to the USC-Ohio State game on Sept. 13 before. Now he probably cannot wait until it's over.
- Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton failed his running test Sunday and was placed on the training camp physically unable to perform list.
Morning take: This is not a good sign. There already is growing concern for Pittsburgh's aging defensive line, and now its longtime anchor comes into camp out of shape. Hampton becomes yet another Steelers lineman to watch closely this summer.
- Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times provides Sunday's recap of the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback derby.
Morning take: Kyle Boller is showing his experience by playing it safe the first week of training camp. He doesn't take many chances, but Troy Smith and Joe Flacco have. It will be interesting to see if that strategy lands Boller the job.
- According to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, Browns head coach Romeo Crennel believes defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is a rising star.
Morning take: That's high praise coming from Crennel, who has seen many coaches come and go. Tucker has a unique way of displaying high energy without being overbearing, and most importantly, players want to give Tucker their maximum effort.