Chat Rewind: Antonio Brown a No. 1 WR?

May, 16, 2013
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Here are some highlights from our weekly AFC North chat ...

Jesse [via mobile]: Is Antonio Brown a No. 1 receiver?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): There are different levels of No. 1 receivers in the league. Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green are 1A. Vincent Jackson would be 1B. And I would put Antonio Brown more in the 1C category. He'll have his chances to prove he's worthy of being labeled a No. 1 receiver with Mike Wallace gone.




Scott (Northglenn, CO): I agree with what you said about Antonio Brown. Now that being said, a pretty sneaky candidate for 100 catches this year, right?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I could only see that number if Heath Miller is out an extended period.




Pat (Cincy Jungle): Honestly, if Andy Dalton can finally put it all together with the new weapons he has at his disposal, how scary good?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Dalton isn't going to carry a team for an extended period. He just doesn't have the skill set. Dalton can still be a very good QB in this league. He just needs weapons around him. The Bengals have done a great job at surrounding him with playmakers.




Nick (Cherry Hill, NJ): Do you see the Ravens making another signing for a veteran free agent WR this offseason like a Brandon Lloyd? Or do they have that much faith in Tandon Doss and/or Tommy Streeter to step up?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It seems like the Ravens want to see what these young players like Doss and Streeter can do this summer before bringing in a free agent. The Ravens would hate to commit money to someone like Lloyd when a young guy can fill the role.




Cory (Elkton, Md.): Jamison, Are the Steelers still interested in Ahmad Bradshaw or are they sticking with their current roster of backs?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Drafting Le'Veon Bell in the second round ended the Steelers' interest. If a back gets hurt, they could re-visit Bradshaw. But I don't see him in a Steelers uniform this season.




Jack ( Newark): To say Dalton doesn't have the skill set to carry a team is fair. Would you say he has the ability to have a similar impact as Matt Ryan? How much better would you say Ryan currently is than Dalton?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): In terms of skill level and ability, Matt Ryan is in a different class than Dalton.




B-More Birds (Brawltimore): Since Rolando McClain "retired" do the Ravens go after a linebacker in the free agency now; maybe someone a little older like Bran Urlacher or even a Bart Scott type?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): As long as the prognosis for Jameel McClain remains good, the Ravens will go with Jameel McClain, Arthur Brown, Albert McClellan and Josh Bynes on the inside.




Dan (Cincinnati): Who has more catches this upcoming year: Jermaine Gresham or Tyler Eifert?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Gresham will have more catches. It wouldn't surprise me if Eifert ended up with more touchdowns and big plays, though.




Darrell (Dallas TX): By the Browns pretty enough ignoring the offensive side of the ball during the draft, does this indicate that they feel they are stronger or had more potential on the Offense?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I get the sense that the Browns didn't see anyone who could really upgrade them on offense. I liked the trade for WR Devone Bess. But the offensive line is very good. Trent Richardson should have a breakout season. Wide receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little are developing. And they decided to see if Brandon Weeden can prove he's a franchise QB.




Rick (Boise): Odds of Michael Johnson signing long term with Bengals this summer?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Bengals certainly have the cap room to get it done. But Bengals don't have a great track record in keeping players with franchise tag. Mike Nugent was an exception.




Andrew (Cleveland): Will the Browns pick up any more help in the secondary? Or do they feel ok with youth their assuming their pass rush will be improved?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): There's an outside chance that the Browns could bring in Kerry Rhodes (he has a history with Ray Horton) if Tashaun Gipson and Eric Hagg struggle.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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