Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan believes Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed will play in their Week 1 showdown.
Morning take: Credit Ryan for wanting the Ravens at full strength. But I find it strange Ryan believes Reed will play in Week 1, even if it meant Reed wasn't healthy enough to play the following games.
Fourth-stringer Charlie Batch has become the forgotten quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morning take: Batch was never in the mix for the Steelers to begin with. Unless he gets playing time in the regular season, tonight could be the Homestead native's final game in Pittsburgh.
The Cleveland Browns will not face Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler in Thursday's preseason finale.
Morning take: That means the quarterback showdown in Cleveland will be Todd Collins versus Colt McCoy. Welcome to the final week of preseason football.
The Cincinnati Bengals have to trim 22 players in the next two days.
Morning take: The Bengals have depth, particularly at receiver, that will make for some tough decisions.