Around the AFC North

Around the AFC North
September 12, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Taking note of the AFC North and elsewhere:

*The Steelers’ No. 1 draft pick, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, apparently is going to be where everyone figured he eventually would be come Monday night against the Bengals — in the starting lineup.

Jones has been running with the first team this week, supplanting Jason Worilds.

*The guy Jones is essentially replacing, former Pittsburgh Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison, will play his first game against his former team on Monday. The Steelers let him leave, and he signed a two-year deal with Cincinnati.

If Harrison is jacked up about facing Pittsburgh, he kept it to himself.

“It’s another game on the schedule," he told reporters this week.

*The Texans had anticipated knowing more on Thursday about Ed Reed’s status for Sunday’s game against the Titans. But instead they have repeated what we heard going into the opener on Monday: The former Raven is a game-time decision, and Shiloh Keo will get the start at free safety. In Week 1, that game-time decision turned into a “no,” meaning Reed has yet to make it into a game yet — he missed the whole preseason — for Houston with his surgically repaired hip.

"I want to play, but I've got to be smart," Reed said, via the Houston Chronicle. "I'm a team player, and I'll do whatever my coaches want me to do."

*The Bengals have jumped right into taking advantage of having two talented two tight ends. First-round pick Tyler Eifert has joined Jermaine Gresham to give Cincinnati what should be as good a combo as any in the NFL. Accordingly, in Week 1, the Bengals ran 32 of 55 offensive plays in a two-tight-end set, reported.

Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a fan.

"It gives us different variations of things," Green-Ellis said. "If Tyler and Jermaine continue to catch balls, [defensive coordinators] have to make the decision on whether they want to play in base personnel or nickel, which will help us out. If they go to a nickel, then it will tip for us to run the ball, and if it's in base, then we can easily get one of the tight ends matched up on a linebacker."