Watch out for flying notes:
In his training camp questions about every NFL team (Terrell Suggs absence is the Ravens), NFL.coms Michael Lombardi writes this about the Steelers: Once again, six members of the Steelers' defense are over age 30 and on the decline. Can this team play great defense again in 2012, or will their lack of total team speed cause trouble? Last year, the Steelers allowed 32 scoring drives of at least 10 plays, ranking 29th.
And speaking about NFL.com and Suggs, Brian McIntyres piece on the camp battle to replace him comes to the same conclusion most observers (and fans) have reached: Its going to be a combo platter of Pernell McPhee, Paul Kruger and Courtney Upshaw.
You know how Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome likes his Alabama guys. Well, heres a Bama defensive lineman to keep an eye on: Jesse Williams. He wasnt a star last season and who knows whether hell develop into one this year, but he can bench press 600 pounds! Thats 100 more than the best total at the most recent NFL Combine.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com rates the AFC North as the NFLs strongest division. He mentions the Bengals as challenging the Ravens and Steelers: Cincinnati is starting to squeeze both, with a quarterback Andy Dalton who, as a rookie last season, had to play 10 top 10 ranked defenses yet still finished 9-7.