Daily Dawg Tags: RG3 faces no pressure in 2016


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Monday, April 11.

Cleveland Browns: 

Cleveland Browns: RG3 should not feel pressure in 2016

"The Cleveland Browns are one of the few teams who can hold an offseason press conference and get fans excited for a season that starts in September. Introducing Robert Griffin III earlier this week was a great move by the Browns, but one that may give fans a false sense of hope for the upcoming season."

PFF 3-round mock draft recharges Cleveland Browns offense

"The Cleveland Browns have a prime opportunity to jump-start the latest rebuilding effort in the opening round of this month’s 2016 NFL Draft. The Browns hold three of the draft’s first 65 selections, and as long as executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown doesn’t take any texts from Ray Farmer on draft night, team executives should be able to sleep comfortably three weeks from tonight as the second round comes to a close."

Cleveland Browns draft profile: Reggie Ragland

"It has been well-documented that the Cleveland Browns have had an issue with their quarterbacks dating back to November of 1993. But that particular problem has masked one that has been every bit as vexing for the team to solve – the run defense. Since 2006, the Browns have finished 27th or worse against the run eight times. They bottomed out the past two seasons, finishing 30th in 2015 and 32nd in 2014."

Cleveland Browns draft profile: Kenny Clark

"After a lackluster rookie season from Danny Shelton and the loss of starting inside linebackers Craig Robertson (free agency) and Karlos Dansby (released), the front seven will likely be an area addressed by the Cleveland Browns early in the draft. While both sides of the ball are going to need a lot of attention – and with the Browns having 10 picks in this year’s draft – there will be plenty of opportunities for the team to address the multiple glaring needs they have."

Did Mike Brown help drive Hue Jackson to the Cleveland Browns?

"The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have carried on a rivalry since 1970 that, at times, has been as emotionally charged as the one between the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. The seed was planted following the 1962 season when former Browns owner Art Modell fired Hall of Fame head coach Paul Brown, who in 17 years had led the franchise to seven league titles and just one losing season."

NFL News:

Von Miller wants Johnny Manziel on the Broncos (FanSided)

"After becoming the latest quarterback to get ousted from the Cleveland Browns, there aren’t many teams that are willing to take a flyer on Johnny Manziel. He has proven to be as much trouble on the field as he is off of it, and that came to a peak when he allegedly threatened to beat his girlfriend."

Ex-Saints DE Will Smith killed, wife shot after minor car crash (ESPN)

"Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District on Saturday night, following a minor car crash, the coroner’s office confirmed. Smith, 34, was shot after exchanging words with the driver of a Hummer H2 that rear-ended his Mercedes G63 SUV, causing him to strike another vehicle containing acquaintances of Smith’s, police said."

Ex-Browns safety Donte Whitner visiting Rams (NFL.com)

"Donte Whitner was worried that his late release from Cleveland would jam up his chances of landing a fair deal in free agency. But at least he’s getting some interest. The 30-year-old, three-time Pro Bowler is visiting with the Rams this week, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Pro a Football Talk first reported the development."