Daily Dawg Tags: A guide to the preseason


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The NFL offseason seemed to last forever, but everything is starting to move fast now. The Cleveland Browns are already playing their second preseason game in just one day, when the Atlanta Falcons come to town.

The Browns are looking to build off last week’s preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers, and will hopefully avoid any fourth quarter safeties on Thursday.

Both Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman are practicing and could potentially play against the Falcons, although it may be smart to allow them another week of preparation and recovery.

As we await the preseason home opener, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Browns and the rest of the NFL in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Cleveland Browns: A guide to watching the preseason

"The Cleveland Browns began the preseason with a bang. The up and down performance is typical of a team with a new head coach learning new offensive and defensive systems. Even though the Browns “lost” the first preseason game, wins and losses are not the point."

3 keys to special teams success against the Falcons

"The Cleveland Browns host their first home preseason exhibition against the Atlanta Falcons this Thursday. Among the many things to watch for in the game, special teams comprise the most exciting and important elements in this week’s exhibition."

Cleveland Browns: 5 questions with Blogging Dirty

"The Cleveland Browns open the home portion of the exhibition season with a game on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons. After a predictable, but still somewhat depressing, performance last week against the Green Bay Packers, the Browns will be looking to show some more consistency on offense and more spark on defense."

Cleveland Browns: Jamie Meder proving the value of being reliable

"Every year in the NFL fans are surprised when teams bench or release players that are perceived to be talented. It is a bit of a misnomer, really, because everyone who spends time in training camp with an NFL team is, by definition, talented."

Could Josh McCown be traded to the 49ers? (Factory of Sadness)

"Injuries are part of football. However, when multiple injuries are impacting a specific position, teams look into every option to help their roster. As the preseason continues, the better the Cleveland Browns may be in a position to trade if they decide to."

Joe Thomas suddenly pops up on Twitter (ESPN.com)

"Like a prairie dog popping its head out of a hole, Joe Thomas recently appeared on Twitter. Thomas’ first posting under the name @joethomas73 was a mere “Hello???” on Aug. 9. As of midday Tuesday, he had tweeted 29 times and gained 9,607 followers."

NFL news: 

Marcell Dareus facing four-game suspension (FanSided)

"When Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said shortly after organized activities in May that his team had the best offseason of any team in the NFL, he absolutely spoke too soon. Buffalo has had a rough 2016 NFL preseason to say the very least with key players dropping like flies for various reasons before the second preseason game."

NFLPA, four players facing suspension still deciding how to respond (PFT)

"On Monday, the NFL made an aggressive move in the lingering PED probe arising from last year’s Al Jazeera documentary, telling four players to submit to interviews regarding PED allegations or face indefinite suspensions for conduct detrimental to the league."

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot returns to practice field (NFL.com)

"As expected, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to the practice field Tuesday. NFL Media’s Jane Slater reported that the rookie is participating in individual drills after dealing with a hamstring tweak."