It's time for a look around the AFC North heading into Week 3 of the 2015 NFL season.
Browns bench Johnny Manziel for Josh McCown
Though Johnny Manziel showed promise for the Browns while filling in for the injured Josh McCown, it wasn't enough to get him the starting QB job. Head coach Mike Pettine has re-named McCown the starter after he cleared the NFL's concussion testing protocol, which has had been in since sustaining a concussion in a Week 1 loss to the Jets.
While filling for McCown, Manziel completed 21 of 39 passes for 354 yards, three scores and one interception and hadfive sacks taken. He certainly has more upside than McCown, but the Browns think the stability and leadership the veteran brings is the best option right now.
Still, this isn't the last we've seen of Manziel, and don't be surprised to see him find his way on the field again this season.
Prosecutor decides not to pursue charges against Browns' Andy Moeller
Before the regular season opened, the Browns announced they had suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller indefinitely. It came as a result of Moeller being accused by a woman of assaulting her and said Moeller tried to strangle her, according to a 911 call released by Berea, Ohio, police.
However, it turns out Moeller will not face assault charges, Berea (Ohio) prosecutor Jim Walters announced Wednesday. The Browns did say in a statement Wednesday that Moeller's suspension "remains indefinite,'' which is smart, considering Moeller now faces discipline from the NFL based on what their investigation uncovers.
In 2011, the Ravens suspended Moeller after he was convicted of driving under the influence. He would remain with Baltimore through the 2013 season before he was named the Browns offensive line coach in February 2014. If the NFL determines that these latest allegations are true, we likely won't see Moeller coaching the Browns again this year.
Le'Veon Bell set to make 2015 debut vs Rams
As if the Steelers needed any more offensive firepower, they'll get arguably the best running back in football back this week when Le'Veon Bell makes his 2015 debut against the Rams. Bell was suspended for the first two games of this season as a result of a DUI arrest that occurred in the 2014 preseason.
It happened during the 2014 preseason, when he and then-teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession. Bell was facing at least a two-game suspension for his DUI, and he faced up to a four-game ban for his arrest of possessing marijuana, but was able to negotiate it down to two games.
Last season, Bell was arguably the best back in football after finishing the year second in rushing yards (1,361) and receptions for a running back (83). Adding him to the high-powered Steelers offense will only make them better.
Ravens get Breshad Perriman back at practice
With Week 3 now here, the Ravens have pretty much conceded rookie receiver Breshad Perriman won't play this week against the Bengals. However, Baltimore did get some good news as Perriman made his return to the practice field Thursday, though mostly in individual drills.
Perriman is still without a firm timeline for a return, but it's not expected that he'll play Sunday against Cincinnati. Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec does think it's too early to rule him out for next week's Thursday Night Football game, but says it's more likely Perriman will make his NFL debut Oct. 11 vs the Browns.
Baltimore took Perriman with the 26th-overall pick in this year's draft, as they viewed him as the perfect WR to replace Torrey Smith, who left to sign with the 49ers this offseason. Like Smith, Perriman is more of a deep-ball specialist who will stretch the defense and open up the rest of the field for other Ravens to work with.
The 6'2", 212-pound Perriman had 50 catches for 1,044 yards (20.9 avg.) and nine scores in 2014 as a junior before declaring for the draft. Considering the Ravens currently rank 22nd in passing yards per attempt (6.5), Perriman's deep-threat skills would be a nice boost to their offense.