Morning take: Maualuga consistent

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

  • Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga is still going strong, making all 11 starts so far in his rookie year.

Morning take: I'm no scout, but it was pretty easy for me to see at USC that Maualuga was a player. I’m still surprised every AFC North team passed on him at least once. The Browns passed twice.

Morning take: It’s early, but it looks like Baltimore hit on its first three picks. Michael Oher, Paul Kruger and Lardarius Webb are all contributing to the team's playoff run.

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback and western PA native Bruce Gradkowski is looking forward to returning home.

Morning take: Last time I remember Gradkowski against Pittsburgh, he was with the Cleveland Browns in 2008 and things didn’t go very well.

  • San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson needs 56 yards to pass Jim Brown on the career rushing list Sunday against the Browns.

Morning take: To do it in Cleveland would be a nice honor for "L.T." Against the Browns’ defense, he has a good chance to do it.