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Morning take: Ray Rice's resolve

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

Morning take: Adversity can often breed character, and Rice is a good example of how mental toughness translates on the gridiron.

Morning take: Ward has taken it slow for the past few offseasons. The coaching staff trusts that Ward will be ready when it counts.

  • New Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones says he is giving up the "Pacman" nickname.

Morning take: Jones is out to prove that he's changed as a person. If Jones is correct, it could pay dividends for the Bengals' secondary.

  • The Cleveland Browns may run the Wildcat offense next season with backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.

Morning take: The Browns ran the Wildcat last year with Josh Cribbs but struggled throwing from the formation. Wallace's ability to throw could change that.