Daily Dawg Tags: Josh Gordon inching closer to return?


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, July 22.

Josh Gordon has only played in five out of a possible 32 games for the Cleveland Browns over the past two seasons as he continues to deal with substance-abuse issues.

This week Gordon met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to presumably talk over his upcoming appeal to be reinstated to the Browns, which Gordon can formally file on Aug. 1.

The Browns, judging from their actions during the 2016 NFL Draft have wisely realized that they cannot count on Gordon, and that waiting around for him is foolish.

Gordon’s situation is just one of the topics we will look at in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns:

Josh Gordon’s return is not imminent

"Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon met with Roger Goodell for the first time since his last failed drug test in March to discuss his potential reinstatement."

Browns most underrated player is …

"Cleveland Browns nickel back K’Waun Williams has made one analyst’s list of the most underrated players in the NFL."

Browns offensive line better than PFF ranking

"The Cleveland Browns offensive line was ranked No. 21 by Pro Football Focus. However the use of analytics only tells half the story."

Training camp preview: Right tackle

"The Cleveland Browns will enter training camp having lost their starting right tackle. Can Alvin Bailey and Shon Coleman fill the void?"

Desmond Bryant hopeful he can return in 2016 (cleveland.com)

"Desmond Bryant, no stranger to adversity, hasn’t ruled himself out for the year. At the earliest, he’ll be cleared by mid-November with six or seven games remaining."

NFL News:

J.J. Watt has back surgery (Toro Times)

"According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recently had back surgery and will start camp on the PUP list."

AFC’s best defenders ever (NFL.com)

"The beauty of the “All-32” is that it provides something for every fan base, which is why I created the series. And why I love executing the NFL.com Power Rankings and Game Picks during the season. Following every team is hard work, but respecting every franchise’s history is worthwhile. And, personally, I always enjoyed defense more than offense – especially after getting to watch guys like Lawrence Taylor, Mike Singletary and Everson Walls as a kid."

49ers should swallow pride, fix their stadium (CSN Bay Area)

"The Miami Dolphins have been busy remodeling their stadium because $425 million doesn’t spend itself, and the heat and humidity that is part of the Dolphin Experience (the part that makes up for the fact that the team hasn’t won a playoff game since five stadium names ago) has finally come to the attention of the ownership. In other words, they are adding a canopy so that their patrons don’t boil in their own sweat while watching the lads compile another inspiring 7-9 record. Which inspired Chris Biderman of USA Today to wonder if such a radical approach to sunstroke prevention might not be the kind of goodwill gesture the 49ers might take up for Masonry Oven Stadium."

Murphy offers little detail on NFL investigation of Peppers, Matthews (Journal Sentinel)

"On the first day of training camp next week, NFL officials will travel to Green Bay to interview Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, two players linked to performance enhancers and other drugs in a report by Al Jazeera last December."