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Key summer questions for Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers - ESPN
Training camps are just around the corner, with the Buffalo Bills getting things started when players report on July 18. But while players enjoy their final weeks of vacation, front offices continue to contemplate the direction of their teams -- both for this season and the long term. With that in mind, ESPN's NFL Nation reporters identify and answer a pressing question for every team in this week's Hot Read feature.

Bengals factoid: Preventing first downs - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Out of the 614 passing attempts the Bengals allowed last season, opposing offenses converted first-down passes on just 29 percent of those throws, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That was the lowest first-down-per-attempt conversion percentage in the league. At 29.8 percent, the Seahawks were the only other team that allowed fewer than 30 percent of the passes attempted on them to be converted for first downs.

Josh Gordon hearing has been set for late July | ProFootballTalk

With the NFL firing off suspensions today like shots from a Roman candle, some have wondered whether the next shoe will drop on the throat of Browns receiver Josh Gordon. Per a league source, nothing will be happening today. But it will be happening sooner rather than later.

Vincent Jackson pens kid's book to help families deal with military deployment

Being the child of military parents, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson understands all too well the feelings kids are forced to deal with and  the issues related to having a parent in the service.

Watch: Jim Harbaugh—Mitt in Hand—Is Ready to Catch Foul Ball at San Francisco Giants Game | The Sports Daily

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and his dad pants made an appearance at Thursday’s Giants game.