After 4 eventful weeks in the AFC North, the preseason has drawn to a close. As always preseason games should be taken with a pinch of salt. While some players have come up smelling of roses, others have struggled to stand out from the crowd.
With rosters being finalised, over 1200 players have been cut across the league. For those remaining, the adventure is about to begin. We take a look at those players who made an impression for the right or wrong reasons.
Based upon this offseason here are your AFC North Winners and Losers.
Ryan Finley – QB – Bengals
Has the successor to Andy Dalton been found? After excelling in preseason Finley is the guaranteed number 2 in Cincinnati.
If Zac Taylor’s patience starts to run out with Dalton, don’t be surprised if Finley gets some gametime this season and performs.
Devin Bush – LB – Steelers
Bush has looked the real deal this offseason. Being trusted to call plays in the huddle shows he will be the leader of this defense for years to come.
Head coach Mike Tomlin has compared Bush to Shazier, and you can see why. The sky’s the limit for this tackling machine. Defensive rookie of the year anyone?
Jamie Gillan – P – Browns
After an offseason spent talking about the Cleveland offense, who thought it would be a punter stealing the headlines?! Jamie Gillan, known as the Scottish Hammer, beat out veteran punter Britton Colquitt to make the Browns roster.
Gillan has become a fan favourite in Cleveland with his ability to tackle and making a 74 yard punt. Oh, did we mention he made a 70 yard field goal in practice!?
Lamar Jackson – QB – Ravens
This offseason couldn’t have gone much better for the Ravens quarterback. Jackson is now the clear starting QB and he is leading the revolution in Baltimore.
One of the most athletic quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen, Jackson now has weapons around him to be successful.
Billy Price – C -Bengals
After struggling in his rookie season, Billy Price has officially been benched. The first round pick in 2018 played just 10 games in his rookie year after struggling with injury but with further injuries all over the o-line this job was harder to lose than win.
The Bengals o-line is the worst in the AFC North. Could a move to guard revive Price’s career, which looked so promising only a year ago?
Tavon Young – CB – Ravens
After becoming the highest paid nickel cornerback in February, what looked like a promising year for Young is already over. Young has suffered a neck injury which will likely see him sidelined for the whole season.
Young will be a huge loss in the Ravens secondary. But if one thing is for certain, they know how to play defense in Baltimore
Antonio Callaway – WR – Browns
In early August it was announced that Callaway’s start to the season will be on hold due to a violation of the leagues substance abuse policy. This violation has led to a four game suspension for the Browns receiver.
This comes after Callaway spent a considerable amount of time in training camp with the practice squad, with head coach Freddie Kitchens seemingly favouring Rashard Higgins.
Zach Gentry – TE – Steelers
Although Gentry has made the 53 man roster, it is clear he is third choice on the Steelers depth chart. Gentry was drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 Draft and was viewed by many as the answer at tight end in Pittsburgh. However, the worries about his inconsistency continue.
After failing to impress in preseason, Gentry has it all to do to convince the Steelers faithful he is the TE for the future.