Below are several whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC North:
• The Steelers have been pleased with ORT Flozell Adams, the one-time Cowboys left tackle. "Really he has done maybe even better than what we anticipated," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "... He has been very stable, a stabilizing presence for us. He has a nice demeanor that we like. He plays, he is competitive, is only concerned about winning. I like guys like that. This guy has made a lot of money, he's got a lot of accolades, he has been on some high-profile teams and so forth. None of that seems to be overly important to him right now. He just wants to win and he wants to do whatever he can to help us do so." Word is Adams has made a favorable impression as a run blocker, in particular.
• The sideline argument between Ravens QB Joe Flacco and WR Derrick Mason in the Week 11 win at Carolina is not regarded as an indication of major problems between the two players, the way we hear it. According to The (Baltimore) Sun, Mason was upset Flacco didn't throw a pass a little sooner, leading to the argument.
• Ravens DE-LB Paul Kruger notched his first career sack in Week 11 while lining up inside at tackle. We're told the Ravens want to see Kruger, a second-round pick in 2009, continue to make strides. "He brings a lot of energy," head coach John Harbaugh said of Kruger to the Baltimore media leading up to Week 12. "Technique-wise, there are a lot of things he can do better to be a better pass rusher, but he's got the ability, I think, to be that kind of guy coming off the edge." The Ravens' pass rush has been something of a concern at times this season.