Below are several whispers that we've heard recently from around the AFC North:
• Browns WR Brian Robiskie showed marked improvement in the final weeks of 2010, catching TD passes in Weeks 15 and 16 and becoming a bigger part of the passing game. Robiskie is smart and sure-handed and perhaps finally has begun to come into his own after a somewhat disappointing start to his career. Robiskie has caught 27 of the 43 passes thrown his way this season and has seen an increase in opportunities as the second half of the season has gone on.
• The odds may be against NT Shaun Rogers being back with the Browns in 2011, the way we hear it. Rogers lost his starting job to Ahtyba Rubin, and save for a dominant game in the upset of New Orleans in Week Seven, he's had a quiet season. Meanwhile, the active Rubin has had a very productive season in the middle of the Browns' line.
• When recently asked what Steelers WR Mike Wallace needs to improve on, head coach Mike Tomlin, who has repeatedly challenged the second-year receiver to get better, said: "Detailing his route running and coverage recognition, playing without the ball in his hands, blocking — a lot of the things that young receivers need to grow and develop at doing." However, of Wallace's TD against Carolina in Week 16, when he scored on a short route that beat the Panthers' blitz, Tomlin noted, "I like what I saw."