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  1. AFC North mailbag

    James Walker

    Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker Let's dig into the AFC North mailbag. Tyson from East Greenbush, N.Y., writes: Hey there James, do you see any AFC North rookies winning Rookie of the Year on either offense or defense? James Walker: Not this...

    Blog | July 20, 2009
  2. Morning take: Ryan beats Flacco for ROY

    James Walker

    Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wins the 2008 Rookie of the Year award over fellow first-year signal-caller Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Rav...

    Blog | December 31, 2008
  3. Patience pays off for LaMarr Woodley

    James Walker

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was one of the NFL's best bargains in 2010. Coming off a Pro Bowl campaign one year prior, Woodley stayed quiet and played out the final year of his rookie contract for $550,000, recording 10 sacks and he...

    Blog | August 05, 2011
  4. Five rookie free agents to watch

    James Walker

    With the NFL lockout possibly reaching its conclusion, it's time to look ahead to what should be a very wild period in free agency. Part of it will consists of rookie free agents who went undrafted this past April. Every year, several college play...

    Blog | July 12, 2011
  5. Cleveland Browns schedule analysis

    James Walker

    Breakdown: The Cleveland Browns have the toughest strength of schedule in the AFC North. But it's only 19th overall in the NFL, which gives the Browns a chance to improve on last year's 5-11 record. Cleveland rookie head coach Pat Shurmur has a go...

    Blog | April 19, 2011
  6. Troy Polamalu turns 30

    James Walker

    The AFC North blog would like to wish a happy birthday to Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pro Bowl safety turns 30 today. It seems like a distant memory when Polamalu joined the Steelers eight years ago and struggled as a rookie. Six...

    Blog | April 19, 2011
  7. Woodley not opposed to franchise tag

    James Walker

    FORT WORTH, Texas -- Following Super Bowl XLV, outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley will have completed his final game under his rookie contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That means the 26-year-old could become one of the NFL's hottest free agents i...

    Blog | February 03, 2011
  8. AFC North rookies showing up early

    James Walker

    Many AFC North fans were excited about their teams following April's NFL draft. This summer, several of those rookies are proving their worth early in the preseason. In no particular order, here are the top first-year performers so far: Jordan ...

    Blog | August 16, 2010
  9. Source: No extension for LaMarr Woodley

    James Walker

    WoodleyPro Bowl outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley will not get a contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers before the start of the 2010 season, a source told the AFC North blog Monday. Woodley, 25, is in the final year of his rookie deal and...

    Blog | July 12, 2010
  10. AFC North rookie surprises

    James Walker

    Every year there are rookies around the league who, seemingly out of nowhere, quickly develop and contribute to their respective teams. Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and 2009 third-round pick Mike Wallace was a perfect example last season. So who c...

    Blog | June 22, 2010
  11. The Big Question: Extension for Woodley?

    James Walker

    Will the Pittsburgh Steelers offer outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley a contract extension before the start of the 2010 season? Coming off a Pro Bowl year in 2009, there is little debate that Woodley has outperformed his rookie contract. He led the...

    Blog | May 18, 2010
  12. It's Mike Wallace's time in Pittsburgh

    James Walker

    The Pittsburgh Steelers' trade for Santonio Holmes means the team has a lot of confidence in second-year receiver Mike Wallace. And why not? Wallace took advantage of every opportunity last season as a rookie, recording 39 receptions for 756 ya...

    Blog | April 12, 2010
  13. The Big Question: Is Andre Smith legit?

    James Walker

    After a disappointing rookie season, is Cincinnati Bengals' 2009 first-round pick Andre Smith ready for a breakthrough year? CINCINNATI -- Regardless of the player, I stand firm in saying it's foolish to label someone a draft bust after one season...

    Blog | March 30, 2010
  14. AFC North draft rewind

    James Walker

    Examining the draft classes of each division team. Baltimore Ravens Oher Best rookie: First-round pick Michael Oher is not only Baltimore's top rookie, but he's one of the best first-year players in the NFL. He solidified the right tackle posi...

    Blog | December 23, 2009
  15. Q&A with Joe Flacco

    James Walker

    Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Just one year ago, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens was a rookie third-string quarterback coming from a small-school program at the University of Delaware. But he found instant success in 2...

    Blog | May 12, 2009
  16. AFC bullies swoop into postseason party

    James Walker

    AP Photo/Rob Carr Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco was part of the winning formula Sunday and all year long in turning around the Ravens and getting them into the playoffs. Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker BALTIMORE -- The NFL's ...

    Blog | December 28, 2008