Following are a couple of whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC North:
• Browns WR Chansi Stuckey had this to say about his initial impressions of Colt McCoy's stint as the club's starter with QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace out with injuries: "I go back to the week (leading up to the Week Six game at Pittsburgh) he found out he was first getting the start, just the type of moxie that he had that we hadn't seen before, just, I guess, because he wasn't the guy yet. And when he became the guy, his confidence level just shot up, and it's been that same level ever since that weekend." Added Stuckey, "I think he really takes command of the huddle and gets everyone in the right place, and I think he does a great job of throwing the ball on time, getting to his drops and throwing the ball at the right time where only the receiver can get it. He has good ball placement."
• Bengals FS Chris Crocker led Cincinnati in sacks (two) through seven games, with both coming vs. Tampa Bay in Week Five. Crocker also broke through to hit Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen on the blitz in Week Three, helping to force a fourth-down stop. Of his success on the blitz, the 5-11, 202-pound Crocker credits defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for his schemes and sense of timing. "I'm not the biggest safety in the world," Crocker said. "I guess they don't think I'm going to blitz a lot, so he's done a good job sending me when they least expect it."