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AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of July 30 – Aug. 3

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.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 9:21 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.

Friday, Aug. 3

SteelersColon Moves To Left Guard
Offensive lineman Willie Colon has spent the last six years playing tackle, but now he has moved to guard during training camp. With recent offseason moves such as drafting left tackle Mike Adams, the Steelers are looking for Colon to play guard, which some have always considered his natural position.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Sold To Haslam
The Cleveland Browns have been sold to Tennessee businessman Jimmy Hasam III, who was previously a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haslam bought the team from Randy Lerner for $1 billion. Haslam’s purchase of the team puts the future of President Mike Holmgren in doubt. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsGresham Striving To Be Best
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham says right now he’s about the third-best tight end in his 2012 draft class, but that he’s striving to be the best of the bunch. “I have to step my game up to get where those guys are at, to even be considered with them,” he said. “Right now I’m not even close.” [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLJets Show Off Tebow In Wildcat
Since the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow this offseason, there has been speculation about how he would fit in the offense. The Jets have been clear that Mark Sanchez is the starter, but that Tebow could be used in certain packages, and they showed that on Thursday with Tebow running the wildcat. [SI.com]

Thursday, Aug. 2

SteelersBrown Praises Haley’s Style
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown praised the style and personality of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley. The former Kansas City Chiefs coach took over this offseason for longtime coordinator Bruce Arians, and Brown said that the change has been good. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsMcCoy Looks Much Improved
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy looks much improved heading into his third NFL season. McCoy will likely be the backup heading into the season, after Cleveland drafted Brandon Weeden in the first round. The Browns could also trade him at some point during the preseason. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsPeerman Vying For Larger Role
Running back Cedric Peerman was one of the Bengals top special teams contributors last season, but he also wants an expanded role on offense this season. He has an opportunity to earn more playing time, as the Bengals did not re-sign veteran Cedric Benson this offseason. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLGoodell Comfortable With Replacement Refs
There is no end in sight for the labor dispute between the NFL and its officials, and Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he is comfortable with using replacement referees in preseason games. The preseason begins next week. [SI.com]

Wednesday, Aug. 1

SteelersNew Offense Showing Up At Camp
The Steelers have a new offensive coordinator in Todd Haley, and his new schemes are showing up during the team’s training camp practices. Haley has reintroduced the fullback to the offense and the idea that running the ball can be good for the passing game.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsHeckert Acknowledges Uncertain Future
Browns General Manager Tom Heckert admitted Tuesday that the future is murky for the team and front office with the impending sale to Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam III. “Until we sit down with the new owner, no one’s really sure what’s going to happen,” Heckert said.  [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Extend Lewis Through 2014
Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis was heading into the final year of his contract, but the team extended him through the 2014 season yesterday. “I’m glad that his is all behind now and we can move forward and coach,” Lewis said. Lewis is heading into his 10th season in Cincinnati.  [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLJones, Bryant Talk After Arrest
Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and wide receiver Dez Bryant have finally spoken after Bryant’s recent arrest for allegedly assaulting his mother. Jones called it a great visit but did not elaborate on the details of the conversation. [SI.com]

Tuesday, July 31

SteelersFoote Has To Step Up For Steelers
The Steelers released longtime linebacker James Farrior this offseason, meaning that his former teammate, Larry Foote, will have to step into his spot. Farrior’s absence leaves big shoes for Foote to fill, both on the field and in terms of the leadership he brings. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Looking For Rucker To Shore Up Line
Cleveland’s main free-agent addition, defensive lineman Frostee Rucker, is expected to provide a boost along the defensive line. The Browns struggled to stop the run last year and they are looking for Rucker to help fix the problem. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsDalton Not Fazed By Slow Start
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is off to a slow start during training camp, but he’s not worried. “It hasn’t been perfect but that’s what camp is for, trying to find the mistakes and correct them,” Dalton said. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLTitans WR Dies In Apparent Suicide
Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a car in the parking lot of his old high school. Murdock, 25, was recovering from an injury that sidelined him all of last season. [SI.com]

Monday, July 30

SteelersSteelers Sign WR Brown Long-Term
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed one of their wide receivers to a long-term deal over the weekend, but it wasn’t the one that most people expected. The team inked Antonio Brown to a five-year deal, while restricted free agent Mike Wallace continues to hold out of training camp. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsRichardson Wows Fans At Camp Practice
First-round draft pick Trent Richardson impressed a record crowd at Browns training camp over the weekend. It was the first practice in full pads, and Richardson showed off a good burst out of the backfield. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsGreen-Ellis Glad To Put On Pads
Cincinnati Bengals free-agent pickup BenJarvus Green-Ellis was glad to put on the pads for the first time during Sunday’s training camp practice. The fifth-year running back is entering a new offense after spending his first four years in New England, and the Bengals are looking for a him to make a big impact. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLRams Sign DE Long To Extension
The St. Louis Rams signed defensive end Chris Long to a four-year contract extension over the weekend. Long has been one of the leaders of the Rams defense for the past few years and it was a priority to get the deal done before the start of the season. [SI.com]

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