Wake-up: Weeden is the starter (for now)

March, 29, 2013
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Here's an AFC North programming note: I will be taking the next three days off for the holiday. But there still will be posts on the blog Friday and Saturday. So, to keep updated with all of the news, please check the headlines on the ESPN.com NFL main page. I will catch up on Monday and give my take on any happenings. Have a safe weekend. Here's the wake-up call ...

RAVENS: The lack of depth on the defensive line forced Haloti Ngata to play out of position at defensive end last season. With the additions of Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, Ngata expects to go back to playing either defensive tackle or nose tackle. “All the space, I just don’t like it because they can read you that much longer,” Ngata told the team's official website. “I’m good with whatever, but if I have to go play nose or inside more, that would be awesome. I would rather stay inside than outside. That’s where I’m more comfortable.”

BENGALS: Head coach Marvin Lewis seemed to be particularly interested in the pro day workout of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard, a source told CBS Sports. Bernard showed quickness and burst during his positional drills, the website reported. The Bengals are looking to add speed to their backfield and get a backup who complements BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard ran for 1,228 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, ranked 11th nationally by averaging 122.8 yards per game and led the country by averaging 16.4 yards per punt return. He is the >fourth-ranked running back by Mel Kiper Jr. and could be targeted by the Bengals early in the second round.

STEELERS: Free-agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw left his visit in Pittsburgh without a deal but the sides will continue to talk, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. What's likely holding up an agreement is Bradshaw's health. He had surgery to replace a screw in his right foot in late January and wasn't expected to make any free-agent visits until the middle of April. It also looked like Bradshaw had either a walking boot or brace on his right leg when he posed for a photo with wide receiver Antonio Brown outside the Steelers facility. Bradshaw and the Steelers could get a deal done when the 27-year-old running back is full recovered. Unlike James Harrison, the Steelers are going to keep the door open for Bradshaw. Also, free-agent safety James Sanders, a backup last year with the Cardinals, visited the Steelers.

BROWNS: Chief executive officer Joe Banner said Brandon Weeden enters the offseason as the No. 1 quarterback but the starter for the season opener has yet to be determined. The Browns signed veteran quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year contract earlier this week. "Brandon's the starter, and there's competition,'' Banner told ESPN Radio in Cleveland, via The Plain Dealer. "He'll have to come in and play well and work hard and prove that he deserves to maintain the position he starts in." Campbell's $1.5 million salary in 2013 nearly doubles Weeden's salary ($757,436). Banner said quarterback is "a to-be-determined position" but added that Weeden is "going to get every chance to prove he has the ability to take us to the next level.” The Browns also announced they signed free-agent punter Jake Schum.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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