Morning take: Dawson returns

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories in the AFC North:

Morning take: It will be interesting to hear what Dawson has to say about his contract situation. He has been unhappy about his deal since last season, but Dawson has never said anything publicly.

Morning take: I can't wait to finally see full-contact practices once again. Let's begin separating the pretenders from the contenders.

Morning take: This has been something weighing on Holmes since last season. Now that this is behind him, Holmes can learn from this experience and focus on football.

Morning take: NFL receivers usually make strides in their second season. If the Bengals get quality play from at least one of these 2008 draft picks, the offense should do well.