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By PFW staff

Below are several whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC North:

• Steelers RB coach Kirby Wilson has liked what he has seen from second-year RB Isaac Redman, who caught the game-winning TD pass against Baltimore in Week 13. Wilson said Redman has established that he can produce to the team's expectations. "After last weekend, I think it's pretty to safe to say we know what we're going to get out of him," Wilson said. "You give him an opportunity to make a play, he's going to make it." Added Wilson: "I think he'll continue to play well for us. I really like his demeanor. I really like his competitiveness. I really like how he prepares himself, and I think the future looks bright for him."

• Steelers rookie RB Jonathan Dwyer has yet to play this season, but Wilson likes his potential. "He's a young guy still trying to develop, and you develop by playing," Wilson said of the 21-year-old former Georgia Tech star. "... Again, you're talking about a young guy who came out early who is not only young in football age but he's young in real-life age. We're just trying to work with him on a daily basis. We like him. We think he's got a good future, and we just want to make sure we develop him the proper way and do things by details."

• The Browns have already intercepted eight more passes than they did in all of 2009, something S Abram Elam attributes to a total team effort, including pressure from the defensive line and linebackers. "Everybody's taking advantage of their opportunities, making those plays when it counts," he said. "And we're spending extra time after practice catching the ball, because we know all those opportunities are valuable to our team."

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