Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns 2016 schedule released


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Thursday, April 14.

Cleveland Browns:

Cleveland Browns 2016 schedule released

"The Cleveland Browns schedule has been released and the team will open the 2016 NFL season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 11. The NFL schedule makers put the Browns on primetime just once this season — a Thursday night game at Baltimore in November. That same month the Browns will play three of their four games at home. In what should come as no surprise, the Browns will once again close out the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Cleveland Browns draft profile: Josh Doctson

"Amid the NFL electing to not reinstate Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon due to a recently failed drug test, the team’s largest need just got bigger. Head coach Hue Jackson is firm in his belief that the team is prepared to move on, with or without Gordon (who can apply again for reinstatement come August 1, and upgrading the wide receiver position is a definite need."

Cleveland Browns: Rams at No. 1 may not impact draft plans

"The draft plans of the Cleveland Browns took a small hit earlier today when the Tennessee Titans fleeced the Los Angeles Rams in a trade for the first overall selection of the 2016 NFL Draft. Just how much the trade impacts the Browns will not be known until a first minutes after the first round of the draft opens on April 28, but it could be pretty minimal."

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."

Cleveland Browns claimed Chase Ford off of waivers (Factory of Sadness)

"The Cleveland Browns have claimed tight end Chase Ford off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens. Ford went undrafted in 2012 after attending Miami (FL) University. Ford was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles and then spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (both on each team’s respective practice squad), before spending the last three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The first season was on the Vikings’ practice squad. Ford ultimately made his way onto the Ravens roster last season before ending up on injured reserve."

Browns now hold the key to how the top of the draft plays out (USA Today)

"Well, now we know one thing for certain. The Los Angeles Rams – with their blockbuster trade with the Titans to acquire the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL draft – will be taking a quarterback with that pick April 28. But what does that mean for the rest of the Top 10?"

NFL News:

NFL Rumors: Percy Harvin calls an end to his career (FanSided)

"Despite being just 27 years old, Percy Harvin is officially retiring. This comes from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who cited a league source. While he displayed lots of talent when he came into the league, particularly as a return specialist, injuries have derailed his seasons on multiple occasions. The Seattle Seahawks recognized that when he played just one game in their Super Bowl-winning season, though he still scored a memorable touchdown in the big game which may still hold up as the biggest play of his career."

Rams leaning toward picking Jared Goff; Wentz still an option (ESPN)

"The Los Angeles Rams are leaning toward making Cal quarterback Jared Goff the top overall pick after acquiring the selection Thursday from the Tennessee Titans, but a team source added that the team would also consider North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz before it has to make the pick on April 28."

Titans might not be done dealing after blockbuster draft trade (NFL.com)

"The NFL doesn’t have a draft lottery like the NBA, but in many ways the Tennessee Titans must have felt like they hit the jackpot when the 2015 season came to a close.Their dismal season was mercifully over, but silver linings were clearly visible in the dark clouds; their 3-13 record not only earned them the No. 1 selection in the 2016 draft, but Cleveland — with the same record but a Week 2 loss in the head-to-head competition — was sitting at No. 2."