Missed the AFC North chat that got moved this week? Well, you are certainly lucky this Saturday morning. Here's some of the highlights. If you want the entire blow-by-blow, click here for the full transcript. Have an enjoyable weekend, everyone.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY): What AFC North Team do you think has the Best Shot of Playing in Super Bowl XLVII?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If the Steelers have a healthy Roethlisberger and defense, it's hard to bet against them.
Alex (Mason, OH): I know that you've been in Cleveland for camp, but from what you can tell, who is really shining in the Bengals' camp at WR? Give me one or two names that you'd put "leading" for that coveted position as running mate for AJ Green.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I'm going to be at Bengals camp on Tuesday, so I should get a better feel for that. I think it will come down to either Brandon Tate or two rookies: Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.
Brett (Norwalk): Is Holmgren really a quarterback "guru" or did he just get lucky in being a coach of two great quarterbacks in Favre and Hasselback? Not much progress has been seen in McCoy in Cleveland so it makes me question his ability to "guru" Weeden.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The real test will be Weeden. Holmgren pressed the Browns to take him in the first round and not wait until the second.
Ravenous128 (Columbia, MD): Hey Jamison, have we heard the last from Ed Reed regarding his annual "disrespect" from the Ravens organization?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If Reed keeps up his tradition, he spouts off around May or June every year. And, every year, he shows up to training camp. Until he changes this pattern, I expect him to report on time.
Josh (Owings Mills, MD): I've seen a lot of articles that assume that Ray Rice will sign his franchise tender if a deal is not reached by 7/16. I know Ray is a standup guy who truly wants to play, but isn't there still a chance he could hold out longer if he wanted to or if his agent advised him to?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The deadline to get a new deal is July 16. Rice doesn't have to sign his tag until he wants to come back and play. Some, like Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins, didn't sign their tag until the middle of the regular season. I don't see that with Rice. I don't expect him to participate in next week's mandatory minicamp and a good portion of training camp this summer. But there's no way he misses any games.
Andy in Hagerstown (Hagerstown Maryland): Jamison there has been a lot of talk about the lack of participation in the Ravens OTA's thus far. While many teams in the league and in the division have had almost 100% attendance the Ravens have had as many as 20 players absent. This has to be eating at Harbaugh a bit. What have you been hearing?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Harbaugh can't say much because these workouts are voluntary. But every team in the division is not having the same problem as the Ravens. This isn't unusual. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are never there at this time of the year. A lot of veterans like Willis McGahee, Trevor Pryce and Chris McAlister were regular no-shows during their time in Baltimore. It's a situation where you want them to be here because it is beneficial. But it's also not the end of the world that there are some guys missing.
Bernard (Phila, PA): Biggest offseason challenge for the Steelers: learning a new offensive system, getting 2 rookie OL ready for the NFL, replacing several starters on defense, or something else that I've missed?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Getting Adams ready to be a starting left tackle as a rookie and finding the other starting corner to start opposite Ike Taylor.
Zach (Ohio): Do you think Dre Kirkpatrick will be a bust? I watched him in college and I don't see "1st round talent", I think he will be a middle of the road CB at best. Your thoughts?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I'm not an expert on Kirkpatrick. All I know is the Bengals have drafted two cornerbacks in the first round recently (Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph) and both have lived up to expectations. So, their track record says Kirkpatrick will be pretty good.
Phil (Ohio): Do you think that the Browns can finish 0-16?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I would bet against that as well. It will be tough for a winning record. But I don't see them bottoming out like that.
Scott (Northglenn, CO): Ziggy Hood or Cam Heyward start week 1?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Ziggy. I would say Ziggy even if I thought Heyward. Ziggy put on 20 pounds of muscle this offseason. I'm not that stupid to get on his bad side.