Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the top stories Thursday in the AFC North:
In Baltimore, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters he expects No. 1 receiver Derrick Mason (shoulder) to participate in training camp.
Morning take: Mason didn't seem as optimistic recently. But the top goal is to make sure he is 100 percent by the regular season.
In Pittsburgh, Steelers cornerback William Gay wants to make sure he continues to earn the starting job.
Morning take: The job is Gay's to lose. He has been a project of the coaching staff for a while now, and this is the season Pittsburgh expects it to pay dividends.
Morning take: Although Cincinnati was ranked No. 12 defensively in 2008, there are still some things the unit can improve this season. Getting to the quarterback would be a major step forward this year.
Morning take: Dawson has been asking for a new deal since last year. But similar to Joshua Cribbs' situation, Dawson may have to prove himself again to a new regime.