Daily Dawg Tags: Is Cleveland still a Browns Town?
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, June 27.
The citizens of Northeast Ohio are beginning to come back down to Earth as it is now officially over one week since the Cleveland Cavaliers became champions.
That means it is also one week closer to the beginning of training camp for the Cleveland Browns. Camp starts July 29, but preseason speculation continues to whirl on the shores of Lake Erie.
The Browns have now signed 13 of their 14 draft picks and positivity is surrounding the organization for the first time in a long time.
Let’s take a look at some of the news regarding the Browns and the rest of the NFL from the weekend.
Is Cleveland still Brownstown?
"It’s a good thing I drove the 345 miles and didn’t have to live up to my Dawg Pound Daily pledge to “walk back to Cleveland for the parade down Euclid Avenue.” Google maps calculates the trek at four days and 19 hours (not including bathroom breaks), so even if I had started walking at the final buzzer of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, I wouldn’t have arrived in time to join 1.3 million of my closest friends for Wednesday’s Believeland Bacchanalia."
Cleveland Browns: Which defensive rookies will make the team?
"The Cleveland Browns defense struggled to find an identity last season. Working with a scheme that players either could not grasp or refused to buy into, the Browns defense ended the season as one of the worst in the NFL. Recently, former Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby described the situation as one in which the players had “shut down” due to lack of continuity at every level of the organization."
Cleveland Browns: New motivation will help in 2016
"The recent news surrounding the Cleveland Browns has been focused on the fallout from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship and how it is serving to motivate the players. Some may see this as just another talking point without on-field effects, but being given a new source of motivation can help players to get a new sense of purpose as the franchise tries to secure its first winning season since 2007."
Browns need to sign Anquan Boldin as veteran presence (Factory of Sadness)
"For some time now on this website, the breakdown of the Cleveland Browns wide receiver position has been discussed in multiple ways and to various degrees. As we wait for the Browns’ training camp to get here, a key change still needs to be made. Cleveland will be relying mainly on rookie and third year wideouts. That is not a good thing."
Hue Jackson mic’d up will have you feeling good about the Browns (cleveland.com)
"If you’re planning to attend Cleveland Browns training camp this season, you’ll definitely see more energy, especially if you keep your eyes locked on head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson and his staff have sped up practices and placed an emphasis on teaching."
Calvin Johnson reiterates he is not returning to NFL (FanSided)
"Calvin Johnson spent his entire nine-year NFL career as a member of the Detroit Lions, the team who made him the second overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. An explosive player, Johnson was nicknamed “Megatron”, as he almost seemed to be a machine on the football field."
NFL to interview players named in Al-Jazeera report (NFL.com)
"NFL senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch has informed the NFL Players Association that the players named in the December Al-Jazeera America report alleging performance-enhancing drug use will be interviewed in July."
Favre working on Hall of Fame speech, won’t say who will present him (ESPN.com)
"He’s not quite down to the speechwriting equivalent of the two-minute warning, but Brett Favre knows the clock is ticking toward his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. So he’d better figure out what he’s going to say. The iconic Green Bay Packers quarterback has 40 days until the Aug. 6 induction ceremony, and he confessed over the weekend that he hasn’t started on his remarks."