Daily Dawg Tags: About that Cleveland Browns running game
By Thomas Moore
Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Friday, May 6.
Cleveland Browns: Is the running game OK?
"Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is excited about the team’s running game. But is his optimism warranted?"
Gary Barnidge at No. 94 on NFL Network’s Top 100 list
"The NFL Network began its annual listing of the league’s Top 100 players on Wednesday, and Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge checked in at No. 94. The rankings, which will be revealed over the next 11 weeks, are based on voting by the league’s players."
5 things to know about the Browns’ 11 undrafted free agents (clevelandbrowns.com)
"The Browns’ big rookie class grew in a big way Thursday when the team announced it had come to terms with 11 additional undrafted free agents. This new injection of talent will be on the field alongside Cleveland’s 14 draft picks at next week’s rookie minicamp. Expect many more tryout players to join them for what always serves as an entertaining, competitive weekend of football on the practice fields in Berea."
How former Browns kicker Matt Stover mentored Brad Craddock (cleveland.com)
"Matt Stover has a pupil headed to Berea in the form of kicker Brad Craddock, who signed a free-agent deal with the Browns this week. The University of Maryland product and 2014 Lou Groza Award winner will be among those challenging incumbent Travis Coons."
In search of the truth about Connor Cook (The Big Lead)
"This will not be an impassioned defense of Connor Cook and how it’s incomprehensible that 99 players were selected before his name was called at the NFL Draft. This will not be a laundry list of his accomplishments at Michigan State. This will not be an angry screed comparing his upside to those of Christian Hackenberg, Cody Kessler or even Paxton Lynch."
In the line of fire (CBS Sports)
"Inside the O-Line Performance Center here, owned and operated by former NFL lineman LeCharles Bentley, Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack has just finished up a grueling workout. With a handful of several of the league’s linemen still working out nearby, under the watchful eye of Bentley, a sort of self-help guru who doesn’t miss a thing in drills, Warmack talked about the state of offensive line play in the NFL."
Ezekiel Elliott’s jersey is NFL rookies’ top seller (Fox Sports)
"He may not have gone No. 1 overall, but the Dallas Cowboys’ new running back Ezekiel Elliott is tops in his 2016 NFL Draft class when it comes to jersey sales."
Deshaun Watson goes No. 1 to Browns in early 2017 mock draft (PFF)
"Ready for another more mock draft? It’s never too early to look ahead (or is it?), so here is the first look at the 2017 NFL draft landscape. This is more of an exercise in gauging the value of next year’s draft, and at first glance, it’s loaded in edge rushers and running backs. After a weak edge rush class this year, the NFL will have a nice influx of pass rushers and this running back class will really test the theory that the NFL is a “passing league.” Will teams bite on the five-plus potential first-round running backs?"