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Offseason Moves Edition: Cleveland Browns

Offseason Moves Edition: Cleveland Browns

What is Going on in Browns’ Town

In the week in between the rookie minicamp practices and the veteran group practices, there were some noteworthy events that occurred for the Cleveland Browns.  The first was an unfortunate injury that happened to a recently signed draft selection, followed by a veteran signing shortly thereafter.  After that was a needed break by the franchise that has not been common for this franchise.

Howard Wilson Injury

It was difficult and unfortunate to see rookie Howard Wilson suffer an injury (especially a non-contact one) so early in the campaign.  Similarly to what happened to Kyrie Irving two seasons ago, Wilson fractured his knee cap – this occurred during the rookie minicamp practices.  The NBA star was out several months following his surgery (in 2015).  It is still not set in stone as to
how he will rehab this injury, though.  Personally, provided Wilson is healthy, I would like to see him participate and gain valuable
experience in 2017.  With the recent news that he will not necessarily need surgery, he could still see a fair amount of action on the Browns’ roster this campaign. .

Jason McCourty Signing

Did the re-signing of Jamie Collins open the floodgates for future veterans to latch on to the Cleveland Browns?  I would not got that far just yet (however some in the media are already declaring this), but acquiring a solid veteran in Jason McCourty was a wise move by Sashi Brown and company.  McCourty will provide another veteran for a thin (in terms of experience) position group – especially following the injury to Howard Wilson.  I do not anticipate the former Tennessee Titan to light the league on fire during his time with the Browns; but he should be competent enough to eliminate the possibility that teams can play catch up-and-down the field against the secondary of the orange and brown.

Update on Caleb Brantley

Caleb Brantley was back in the news earlier this week – it was not negative this time around.  The rookie sixth-round selection entered the draft with battery charges towards a woman during an altercation in a bar.  Those charges were recently dropped, allowing the rookie to perform on the field without the dark cloud hanging over his head.  Assuming he can outperform his lowered expectations (as he fell mightily in the draft) – the Browns will have gotten tremendous value from the former Florida Gator.  I hoping that he is truly 100% innocent and did not escape his charge due to technicality, but there is a great chance that I and many others will never know.

Conclusion:  Following the unlucky injury news, the Browns received a pair of two positive stories regarding their roster.  My optimism in the 2017 season is slowly rising, but there is a long time between now and week one of the regular season.  I am particularly intrigued to see how different training camp is from 2016 one – as result from the infusion of talent.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Free Agency, Offseason, Players

 

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What’s New for the Browns?

What’s New for the Browns?

Latest Browns News and Notes

This is pretty much the slowest time of year in the NFL offseason. However, the Cleveland Browns are still making news – albeit nothing earth shattering.  Let’s take an in-depth peek into a few happenings with the professional franchise located in northeast Ohio.

Josh McCown Mentorship

Recently the veteran quarterback for the Browns said he is excited for an opportunity to mentor a young quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. This is refreshing, as it is more than likely that a signal caller will be selected with the second overall choice in this year’s draft.

It’s a shame, as McCown was more than ready to take this role last year – but the young guy (in position to start) had too many demons that overshadowed his playing and led to his impending departure from the franchise.  While McCown is not a Hall-of-Fame quarterback; he is still a brilliant guy who has been in the league for many years.  Although he does not possess everything required to be a franchise quarterback, he knows what it takes to become one.  I anticipate he will convey wisdom with the newcomer, and I hope that the rookie can develop exponentially from the veteran as well as Hue Jackson (who knows his way around quarterbacks).

Mack Still Undecided

It’s pretty interesting to hear that the possible free agent-to-be continues to push back his deadline to make a decision whether he will opt out of his current contract with Cleveland Browns.  I still have the belief that he will not be donning orange and brown one way or another, but perhaps Hue Jackson can work his magic to keep the center.  Despite being one of the best centers in the NFL, he will seek nearly nine million dollars per season going forward; the Browns need to utilize their assets on more at positions that can affect the game as opposed to a guy snapping the football.

Guys to Lock Up

There are several members of the 2015 Browns whose contracts will expire next month.  However there are only two who I feel it is vital the team keeps around for several years; Mitchell Schwartz and Travis Benjamin.

With Mack likely gone, it is important that the Browns not create another hole along their offensive line.  I understand that the unit underwhelmed last season but have confidence that they will bounce back this fall (even with Cameron Erving at center).  The new coaching staff alone should help getting more out of the players than what their predecessors were able to do.

If Josh Gordon can come back to this roster, and the team drafts a Josh Doctson or Michael Thomas early in the NFL Draft – then Travis Benjamin would make a solid third receiving option.  The status of Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel with the team is up in the air, as both were injured and underproductive last season.  There will no doubt be turnover with the wide receiving corps, but they must retain a veteran or two (including Brian Hartline) – especially with Gordon being a bad decision away from exiting the league.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Offseason, Players

 

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