Daily Dawg Tags: Josh Gordon takes the field


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. 16.

It seems as if only just began, but the Cleveland Browns held the final practice of training camp open to the public on Monday.

“The fans have been outstanding. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “Every day, all the time, when they can be out here, they’re here. They truly support our football team.”

For those fans in attendance it was a big day as wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to the field after missing the first 12 practices of training camp with a quad injury. He was joined by rookie Corey Coleman, who hasn’t practiced in more than a week while dealing with a hamstring injury.

“I think our medical staff with (head athletic trainer) Joe Sheehan has done a great job getting these guys back up and running and out there,” Jackson said. “In order for us to become the team we need to become, I think guys need to practice. That’s the only way you’re going to get better as a football team. You have to practice, and I think our guys understand that.”

The Browns are preparing to face the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night in front of the home fans at FirstEnergy Stadium. While they do that, let’s get you caught up on all the latest news from around the NFL.

Cleveland Browns news:

Austin Pasztor leading battle for right tackle

"The Cleveland Browns released their second depth chart with Austin Pasztor edging Spencer Drango for right tackle. But that may not be for long."

Can Raheem Mostert find a spot on the roster?

"The Cleveland Browns continue to look for depth at the running back position and second-year player Raheem Mostert is looking to make his mark."

Time to slow the expectations for Terrelle Pryor

"Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has a lot to learn before he can be considered a dominant all-around player."

Hue Jackson has the Browns thinking about winning (The Undefeated)

"Whenever Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson gets “the look,” which he does often, he knows exactly what you’re thinking: that his new gig could be a career-killer. And after a long day in training camp recently, Jackson tackled the notion that he’s in a no-win situation. “Look, I get it. A lot of people want to talk about what went on in the past, the [team’s] record and things like that, but that stuff doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “I’m interested in right now. We get to dictate what we’re going to be. And my mentality is always to win.”"

Browns: 5 positive takeaways from the first preseason game (NFL SpinZone)

"The first preseason game is always clunky and full of mistakes, but the Cleveland Browns still had several positives to take away from their matchup with the Green Bay Packers."

NFL news:

Saints first-rounder Sheldon Rankins breaks his fibula (NFL.com)

"Disaster has struck the New Orleans Saints. First-round defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins was carted off the field during Monday’s practice with what the team believes to be a broken fibula based on initial tests, a source informed of the injury told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Rankins was injured during a goal-line drill."

Thad Lewis tears ACL, out for the season (Sacramento Bee)

"Thad Lewis, the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback in Sunday’s preseason 24-13 loss to the Texans, is out for the season after tearing his ACL on a third-quarter run. Lewis, 28, appeared to suffer the injury on a one-yard scramble. He came off the field following the third-down play and was examined by trainers. Coach Chip Kelly said the 49ers likely would have inserted rookie Jeff Driskel into the game around that time anyway."

The fallout from Vance Walker’s injury (Predominantly Orange)

"What will the Denver Broncos do now that starting defensive end Vance Walker has suffered a serious knee injury? Who will step up in his place?"

Kenny Easley named senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Seattle Times)

"Former Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley is a senior finalist for the Pro Football of Fame, it was announced on Monday. Easley must receive 80 percent of the vote when the Hall of Fame’s selection committee meets on Feb. 4, 2017, in Houston. A senior nominee’s career must have ended at least 25 years ago."

Colts Pat McAfee tweets about random drug test after 67-yard punt (ESPN)

"Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee showed off his leg strength by nailing a 67-yard punt against Buffalo over the weekend, but two days later he received a letter saying he needs to take a random drug test. McAfee tweeted Monday morning to let his 453,000-plus followers know that there was a note waiting for him once he arrived at the facility."