A couple of the whispers we've been hearing around the AFC North follow:
• The acquisition of CB Josh Wilson may not signal the end of tinkering in the Ravens' secondary, a daily team observer suggests. Baltimore's CB depth remains an issue to watch as the season begins. The 25-year-old Wilson, who has logged 24 starts in three previous pro seasons, figures to contribute immediately in the Ravens' secondary, the way we hear it. With the Seahawks wanting to get bigger in the secondary, and with his contract up at season's end, Seattle moved the 5-9, 192-pound Wilson. Four of the Ravens' five cornerbacks expected to be able to play in Week One are listed at 5-foot-10 or shorter.
• Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, speaking to Pittsburgh reporters in the week leading up to the Week One game vs. Atlanta, noted that if the Steelers had a more limited selection of plays for QB Dennis Dixon in the season opener, it would be a function of the calendar rather than the fact it was only Dixon's second career start. Of game-planning, Tomlin noted, "You might have a smaller-size packet at this time of year than you would in November and December, but that's just the natural course of football as you play."
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