Daily Dawg Tags: Takeaways from the weekend


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, Aug. 8.

Football fans were disappointed Sunday night when the Hall of Fame Game was cancelled due to unsafe field conditions, but Cleveland Browns fans only have a few more days until the team opens up the preseason.

The Browns take the field Friday against the Green Bay Packers, who were set to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s cancelled game.

The focus this past weekend was on the Orange and Brown Scrimmage that took place at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Players like Terrelle Pryor and Connor Hamlett impressed, while Robert Griffin III had the chance to show fans why he will be the starter in 2016.

We take a look at all the news from the weekend in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

3 takeaways from the Orange and Brown Scrimmage

"The Cleveland Browns returned to Columbus for the second consecutive year for their annual Orange and Brown Scrimmage. Some of the excitement surrounding the event was lost due to it being a non-padded scrimmage as fans were disappointed that the Browns had already held their fully padded scrimmage the night before."

Cleveland Browns: Orange and Brown Scrimmage recap

"The typical scarlet and gray blanket covering Ohio Stadium in Columbus was temporarily replaced by an orange and brown assortment of 42,310 fans who came for the annual Orange and Brown Scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. The fans who packed the horseshoe witnessed a practice full of game-like situations, intended to provide experience for this young Cleveland Browns team."

Cleveland Browns: Hue Jackson very close to naming a QB1

"The most anxiety-free quarterback competition in the NFL may be in its final stages as Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is “very close” to naming a starting quarterback."

Cleveland Browns: Who is Connor Hamlett?

"As the Cleveland Browns close out the first week of training camp, much of the focus on the offensive side of the ball has been on quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver Corey Coleman. But if things continue the way they have, rookie tight end Connor Hamlett may soon be sharing part of the spotlight with his more high-profile teammates."

Terrelle Pryor will be more than a gimmick player (Factory of Sadness)

"He can’t just walk onto the field and be the trick-play guy. Defenses will see it, and sniff it out. Hue Jackson knows this, which is why he’s continued to develop Pryor at wideout–and the former Ohio State quarterback has delivered."

Browns’ Terrelle Pryor has big day in return to Ohio State (ESPN.com)

"Terrelle Pryor had plenty to celebrate, and there was really only one way for him to do it. The transition for the Cleveland Browns wide receiver from quarterback appears to be picking up steam, and a pair of touchdown grabs in a non-contact scrimmage provided more evidence that he’s on track to make the roster and potentially play a critical role this season."

NFL News:

NFL cancels Hall of Fame Game due to unsafe playing conditions (FanSided)

"After six months of waiting and pining for the NFL to come back, the NFL preseason was supposed to get off to a resounding start. On Sunday night in Canton, OH, it was supposed to be the Green Bay Packers taking on the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 Hall of Fame Game. However, things started to devolve in a big way the closer it got to game time."

John Elway: Only Peyton could replace Tim Tebow (NFL.com)

"Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has endured his fair share of criticism despite bringing the team its third Super Bowl championship in 2015. But in a retrospective about the first five years of his career published in The Denver Post on Sunday, he discussed one move we seldom give him enough credit for."

Bosa’s mom: ‘Wish we pulled an Eli Manning’ (San Diego Union Tribune)

"Imagine, for a moment, being Joey Bosa’s mother. Your 21-year-old son is the only NFL draft pick not in training camp. Being an outlier casts a negative light on him; while some fans side with him, others naturally back the team. You believe your son is being dragged through the mud by an organization that has not communicated with Bosa’s agent in 10 days, that has yet to propose a contract structure resembling recent deals for a No. 3 overall pick."