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Browns still trying to find a quarterback

A look at the Steelers' AFC North rivals as the division's teams prepare to open training camps:


CLEVELAND BROWNS:** The Browns are looking for a quarterback, again.

"We don't know who the starter is right now," quarterbacks coach David Lee told the Associated Press at the conclusion of the team's offseason program.

Veteran Brock Osweiler and second-year pro Cody Kessler, the Browns' No. 3C draft pick in 2016, are in the mix.

Rookie second-round pick DeShone Kizer expects to get there sooner rather than later.

"I'm pretty happy with where I am right now in the sense of this whole OTA experience and now veteran camp was an opportunity to put myself in position to potentially compete when it comes training camp time," Kizer said. "Once again, I'm not in position to even consider myself in the competition. But after getting this base and getting the reps I've gotten the last couple weeks, I think by the time training camp comes around, with a little more work with this month off, I'll be ready to compete wth these guys and see what I can do."

The Browns started three different quarterbacks and played six during the 2016 season.

"As the years go by here, we want to have an established quarterback," head coach Hue Jackson told "We don't want to have this question where you guys are saying, 'Who is the quarterback?' every year. That is a problem we have to solve."

Jackson has said he hopes to have a starter named by the opening preseason game.

Browns rookies are scheduled to report to the Cleveland Browns Training Complex in Berea, Ohio on Sunday, while the veterans are due in on Wednesday.


BALTIMORE RAVENS:** Identifying replacements for last season's starting center (Jeremy Zuttah, traded) and right tackle (Rick Wagner, left via unrestricted free agency) are on the Ravens' agenda. And those replacements might not be on the roster just yet.

The Associated Press quoted owner Steve Bisciotti emphasizing patience in a conference call with permanent seat liscense holders in June.

"We all take our cue from (General Manager) Ozzie (Newsome) and have learned over the years that if you're patient, things like (outside linebacker) Elvis Dumervil will fall to you and (wide receiver) Jeremy Maclin will fall to you," Biscotti said. "We've got time, we've got some money and we're quite sure some offensive line help is going to shake out.

"If something comes up on the free-agent market that we think is better than what we have, we still have money, still have draft picks to trade, still have some deep positions that we could trade."

Maclin was signed the day before veteran minicamp, one day after he was released by Kansas City.

Ravens rookies were expected at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md. on July 19, with the veterans due to arrive on Wednesday.


CINCINNATI BENGALS:** Some familiar faces have departed, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, defensive tackle Domata Peko and linebacker Rey Maualuga among them.

But quarterback Andy Dalton remained focused on continuity this spring.

"We're got the core of our guys back and we've got some new guys that can help us," Dalton told the Associated Press. "It's a new year, another year of experience for everybody.

"I said last year there was a lot of stuff that was new, obviously, with 'Zamp' (Ken Zampese) taking over at offensive coordinator and with a couple new receivers being out there. We really don't have that this year. Guys understand what we're trying to do."

The Bengals, presumably, will be trying to cut down on the 41 sacks they allowed last season, when they missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.  

Cincinnati rookies have been slated to arrive at PaulBrown Stadium on Sunday with the veterans to follow on Wednesday.

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