2012 Pre-Training Camp AFC North Preview

We continue our series this week with a look at the AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens

QB – Joe Flacco – While Flacco feels he is the best quarterback in the NFL, I have to beg to differ with him.  I count at least 12 quarterbacks if not more that are better than he is.  He is a very good bye week filler and guy as good insurance for some of the more injury prone more efficient signal callers, but that is his ceiling.

RB – Ray Rice/Bernard Pierce - I mention Pierce’s name as a mere handcuff option only.  Rice is a top five back in this league.  Come on Baltimore and pay the man.

WR – Anquan Boldin/Torrey Smith - While Smith represents more of a deep threat and Boldin is more of a physical possession receiver, they complement each other well.  They both fit into that mid tier level of talent at the wide receiver position however.

TE – Ed Dickson - Dickson would serve as a nice bye week filler TE only

Cincinnati Bengals

QB – Andy Dalton – Dalton may if given some time to develop with the weapons he has, could turn the corner and be a decent quarterback in this league.  That will be down the line though.  For 2012, he is bye week filler material only.

RB – Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis/Bernard Scott – BJGE should reprise the Cedric Benson role here and take the bulk of the carries for the season.

WR – AJ Green/Mohamed Sanu/Brandon Tate  – Green will be his usual dominate force on one side and the Cincy Brass hopes Sanu can become Housh II.

TE – Jermaine Gresham – Many people forgot about him at tight end last year.  He wasn’t an elite option by no means.  If you need someone in that 9th or 10th ranked tight end area, he isn’t a bad option to have around.

Cleveland Browns

QB – Brandon Weeden – My belief is you don’t draft a quarterback in the first round unless you intend on him starting.  He will struggle to be much more than a bye week filler for 2012.

RB – Trent Richardson – Ride, Trent, ride, on that mystery ship.  They will be riding him hard his rookie year with having a rookie quarterback in tow.  I see a top ten finish for Trent in 2012.

WR – Greg Little/Travis Benjamin/Mohamed Massaquoi - This could be Massaquoi’s last opportunity to show he can do anything.  Benjamin and Little will also be a work in project much like the rest of the aerial attack.

TE – Jordan Cameron/Evan Moore – I have been hearing good things about Cameron most of the offseason.  Evan Moore would be a veteran presence if Cameron can’t go.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB – Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben will be ranked in that 6-10 range of top 10 quarterbacks of 2012.  He is definitely on my radar as a later round grab for 2012.

RB – Isaac Redman/Jonathan Dwyer/Baron Batch/Chris Rainey – It will most likely be Redman carrying the rushing load in 2012, but since he has no full time experience being the man, I could see another back being a nice waiver wire add during the season and emerging.  This is a position to monitor during training camp and throughout the season.

WR – Mike Wallace/Antonio Brown/Emmanuel Sanders – Wallace and Brown pack a nice 1-2 punch and Sanders is a nice complimentary piece to take Hines Ward meager few catches from last year.

TE – Heath Miller – Miller has some really great games, but then he posts some stinkers too.  Not reliable enough for every week play, but a great bye week filler option.

1 Response to “2012 Pre-Training Camp AFC North Preview”


  1. Joe

    “My belief is you don’t draft a quarterback in the first round unless you intend on him starting. He will struggle to be much more than a bye week filler for 2012.”

    I disagree with this…sure it works out sometimes, but I don’t think its a requirement.

    Aaron Rodgers
    Big Ben
    Philip Rivers
    Eli Manning

    …all started their rookie seasons (at least) on the bench. In Weeden’s case I agree he should be the starter, for no other reason than he is better than McCoy or Wallace.

    Locker also has started his career on the bench, with some spot duty here and there and has looked pretty good.