AFC North Notes: Browns, Sandusky, Ravens

A quick look at the AFC North..

  • Duke Johnson was just a third-round pick for the Browns but he’s already impressing and could wind up as the starter, Steve Doerschuk of writes. At Miami last season, he recorded 242 carries for 1,631 yards at 6.8 per carry with 38 catches for 421 yards. Now, he has a very real chance to push 2014 rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.
  • The Browns have “parted ways” with player personnel associate Jon Sandusky, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (on Twitter). Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, was demoted from director of player personnel in 2014. Adam Caplan of (on Twitter) finds it odd that the Browns are making this move now rather than immediately after the draft.
  • Under new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, Clifton Brown of wonders if the Ravens will run the ball more or less this season. The Ravens had 448 rushing attempts in 2014, the most for them since 2011. Meanwhile, in the two seasons that Trestman was the Bears’ head coach, they didn’t run the ball nearly as often as the Ravens. The Bears ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing attempts 2014 and 24th in 2013.
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