Daily Dawg Tags: Optimism surrounding Cleveland Browns


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The Cleveland Browns held their fourth day of training camp, and second consecutive day in full pads, on Monday.

Perhaps it was the heat, or just the players dealing with four consecutive days of practice, but head coach Hue Jackson things were not as sharp as they had been over the weekend.

“That’s kind of to be expected when you go after it hard on the first day,” Jackson said. “I thought there were some good things. Obviously, I think when you don’t turn the ball over, that’s good on offense, but on defense, we need to get more turnovers. We need to get the ball out just a little bit more.

“I like the energy of our football team. I like that they come back out. They’re in the middle of a lot of installation offensively, defensively and special teams, but I think they’ve handled that well. I give a lot of credit to our veteran players because I think they understand the process and so they’re trying to bring the young guys along each and every day. We’re just going to keep stacking up good days, put our head down and keep grinding and keep becoming a gritty group.”

The Browns will be back at practice today at 3 p.m. In the meantime, take a moment to get caught up on the key stories from Berea and around the NFl.

Cleveland Browns news:

A sense of optimism as calendar turns to August

"While summer continues to dwindle away and the calendar turns to August, football season continues to get closer. No one expects the Cleveland Browns to be a great team this year, but the lack of immense pressure on the squad may help them in the first year of the rebuilding process under Hue Jackson."

Browns make a pair of roster moves

"The Cleveland Browns signed a pair of free agents on Monday, adding defensive lineman Jason Neill and offensive lineman Cory Tucker."

What it means when sirens blare at training camp (clevelandbrowns.com)

"The sirens blaring at Browns training camp come without notice or warning, but players and coaches know what they mean. “When you hear the sirens,” linebacker Christian Kirksey said, “you’re ready to step it up a notch.”"

Terrelle Pryor making another transition (ohio.com)

"Terrelle Pryor has switched teams. He’s switched positions. Now he’s switching sides. The Browns recently moved the former quarterback from X wide receiver to Z. The change calls for Pryor to often line up on the side of the tight end and run different routes."

Browns training camp: Day 4 recap

"The Cleveland Browns hit the field Monday for their second day of training camp in pads, completing yet another spirited practice."

NFL news:

What do the Chargers do without Stevie Johnson? (Bolt Beat)

"The San Diego Chargers still do not know how long Stevie Johnson will be out, but the team will have to start looking at the other options at the position. At the moment, Tyrell Williams will get the starting role. Williams is coming from the practice squad for most of last season and has moved up the depth chart to take the starting role. But then what?"

Colts first-round dealing with shoulder strain (PFT)

"Colts rookie center Ryan Kelly missed Monday’s practice due to a shoulder strain."

Paxton Lynch is a better option than Mark Sanchez (NFL Spin Zone)

"After losing Peyton Manning‘s heir apparent, Brock Osweiler, in free agency, the Denver Broncos may have no choice but to play Paxton Lynch immediately."

Sam Bradford trying not to look over his shoulder (Newsday)

"Practice has just ended, and Sam Bradford stands beneath a tent outside the Eagles’ training complex. He’s trying to explain his newfound sense of perspective and calm despite the swirl of controversy and expectation that comes with the arrival of a teammate who is bound to take away his job one day."