AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week Of June 25-29

l round up the biggest stories from AFC North enemy territory each day. We’ll also bring you any NFL national news and updates on former Ravens, if there’s something to pass along.

Posted by on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 8:59 am | Categories: AFC North, AFC North Roundup

We’ll round up the biggest stories from AFC North enemy territory each day. We’ll also bring you any NFL national news and updates on former Ravens, if there’s something to pass along.

Wednesday, June 27

SteelersSteelers Prepare For Training Camp At St. Vincent
Last year’s NFL lockout limited what teams could do during training camp, but this year the Steelers are planning to return to their training camp home of St. Vincent College. More than 100,000 fans typically come out to the college to watch camp practices open to the public. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsTaylor Gives No Timetable For Return
Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor gave no indication as to when he might return to the field from a torn pectoral muscle that occurred this offseason. He is hoping to make it back this season, but simply said, “When I know it’s time for me to be out there, I’ll be out there.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsJones Delivers Strong Message To Rookies
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones delivered a strong message to the rookie class during this year’s NFL rookie symposium in Canton, Ohio. Jones has been in and out of trouble throughout his NFL career, but he urged the rookies to avoid making the same mistakes as him.  []

NFLBrees Still Hopeful For Long-Term Deal
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says that he’s confident he and the Saints will agree on a long-term contract. Brees has been franchised by the Saints and the two sides have until July 16 to work on a new deal for this season. “I’m confident, and always have been, that we’ll get a long-term deal accomplished,” Brees said.[ Associated Press]

Tuesday, June 26

SteelersSteelers Cut QB Smith
Former Ravens quarterback Troy Smith’s bid to get back into the NFL was cut short yesterday when the Steelers released the Heisman Trophy winner. Smith was competing with veterans Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch for a chance to backup starter Ben Roethlisberger. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsHaden Poised For Breakout Season
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been one of the team’s top defenders during the last two seasons, but thinks that he could be set up to jump on a bigger stage this year. The website tabbed Haden as a player who could be poised for a Pro Bowl season. []

BengalsBengals’ Hidden Treasure: Defensive Line
The Bengals had one of the league’s top defensive lines last season and the group has potential to be even better this year, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. A big factor for the Bengals is that Carlos Dunlap is expected to step into a larger role and could become a dominant rusher if he stays healthy. []

NFLConcussions A Focus At Rookie Symposium
Rookies will flock to Canton, Ohio this week for the NFL’s annual rookie symposium, and part of the four-day retreat will focus on concussion awareness. Rookies are getting information about the importance of health and safety, specifically the long-term effects of head trauma. [ Associated Press]

Monday, June 25

SteelersTayler Expects Wallace At Training Camp
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor expects that wide receiver Mike Wallace will be in attendance when the team opens training camp next month. Despite an ongoing contact dispute between Wallace and the organization, a number of players have expressed confidence that Wallace will be ready to play. []

BrownsNo Need To Rush McCoy’s Departure
The Browns are reportedly interested in trading quarterback Colt McCoy, but a move may not come as early as some expect. The team opens camp on July 28, and it’s quite possible that the third-year quarterback could be on the roster at that time, allowing the Browns to see if his value appreciates with player injuries.  [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsDalton Ranked 19th By ESPN
ESPN is ranking the top-30 quarterbacks in the NFL according to NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton came in at No. 19. “The more I evaluated Dalton, the more I liked him. He does have some arm strength limitations, but he compensates very well with his anticipation and his accuracy,” Jaworksi said. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFL49ers Lost $30 Million In Stadium Funds
Santa Clara County has surprised the 49ers by pulling $30 million in tax funds from the new 49ers stadium. County officials said that they would rather spend the money on teachers than help the NFL franchise build a $1.2 billion stadium. [ Associated Press]

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