Baltimore Ravens: Rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown has become a stabilizer up front for the Ravens during the switch from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson. While Brown was playing well in November as coach John Harbaugh assessed, his mentality is making him a great fit for a more grinding approach from Baltimore. On Wednesday, Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley said Brown has been nothing short of "great." Harbaugh explained previously: "Brown has a real mentality about him - a real right-tackle mentality. He's like his dad, and that's the greatest compliment that I or anybody else could give him."
Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis reportedly has an option in his contract for the 2019 season and media speculation on his status is picking up as the Bengals slip behind AFC North leaders and out of the playoff hunt. Has Lewis received any front-office assurance on his status for next season? "No," Lewis said. "I wouldn't expect any or ask for any. My job is to coach the football team."
Cleveland Browns: Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward did not practice Wednesday due to a concussion, but cornerback Terrance Mitchell is set to return after missing eight weeks with a wrist injury. Head coach Gregg Williams said Ward has improved his tackling technique but is still prone to abandoning technique in heat of the battle. "It is one of those things that at that corner position, especially him, you have to be down," Williams said. Mitchell has practiced the past two weeks.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers haven't won in Oakland since 1995 and while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the venue is "cool," he also said it's not an easy place to play because of the challenges that come with it. "The environment, the team, the travel. A little bit of everything," he said. The Steelers, cognizant of the recent trend, are shifting travel to California for the first time in Roethlisberger's career to arrive early in the day Friday. "I guess we are trying something different," he said.
--Field Level Media
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