Morning take: Pressure on Ziggy?

May, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:

  • Is there a lot of pressure on rookie defensive lineman Evander "Ziggy" Hood to perform right away for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Morning take: I'm not sure this is an accurate assessment. Hood was the No. 32 overall pick and is not a starter, which takes pressure away. Unless an injury alters the rotation, "Ziggy" should be asked to fill a manageable role early on the defensive line.

  • Baltimore Ravens receiver Derrick Mason could miss training camp after offseason shoulder surgery.

Morning take: This may be a concern down the road. But Mason, 35, doesn't strike me as a player who needs a lot of training camp. The most important thing is Mason getting 100 percent healthy for the regular season.

Morning take: A healthy and motivated Ocho Cinco could make a world of difference for the Bengals, who need the long ball back in their offense for the 2009 season.

Morning take: This is one area the Browns should improve. Mangini is putting a big emphasis on not giving away games with silly mistakes, which was an all-too-common occurrence for Cleveland the past several seasons.

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