AFC North still has holes to fill

AFC North still has holes to fill
July 12, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Though the Ravens have not addressed the loss of Anquan Boldin so far – however, coach John Harbaugh says there are veteran receivers still out there that they “love” – they are not the only AFC North team that has failed to fill a hole this off-season.

Jamison Hensley at ESPN.com lists big needs that still exist for the teams in the Ravens’ division:

*Bengals: With a generally tough defense, Cincinnati still could use new blood at strong safety. “Cincinnati has talent and depth throughout a defense that should end up being one of the top five in the NFL this season. The soft spot on the defense is at safety,” Hensley writes. The starter will be either Taylor Mays, Shawn Williams or George Iloka. The Bengals had a shot at former 49ers starter Dashon Goldson but didn’t sign him.

*Browns: Cleveland has one of the league’s top cornerbacks in Joe Haden. On the other side, it’s a different story. The Browns let three-year starter Sheldon Brown go, but didn’t pursue a replacement strongly enough, though there were several capable corners on the market. They picked cornerback Leon McFadden from San Diego State in the third round of the draft.

*Steelers: Pittsburgh hopes tight end Heath Miller returns to full strength from a knee injury suffered late last season. The Steelers must feel awfully confident he’ll be fine, because they didn’t get anyone else who could step in and fill his integral role in the offense. Their free-agent signing at the position, Matt Spaeth, is a blocker, not a pass catcher.