Daily Dawg Tags: Kevin Hogan is QB1?


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, Oct. 26.

In a season that is becoming increasingly more bizarre, even by their normal standards, the Cleveland Browns may be forced to turn to rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan on Sunday.

The team released its first depth chart of the week on Tuesday, for what that is worth, and listed Hogan at the starting quarterback spot. That may change in a day or two if Cody Kessler is cleared from the concussion protocol, or if Josh McCown is healthy, but for now Hogan is the next man up.

“We have been through this,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “We are just going to keep working and be prepared for many different scenarios as we go through it and make sure that we can field a good offensive football team on Sunday. That is what we will do.”

When you join the Browns as a quarterback you know that you are just one snap away from going into a game, which is why Hogan is preparing for the unexpected.

“I’m definitely going to prepare as if I’m the starter, but (I’m) not expecting anything,” Hogan told cleveland.com. “I don’t know what’s going on. I know Cody is fighting to get back and I know Josh is fighting to get back too.”

The Browns may be the last NFL team looking for a win in 2016, but they are certainly never boring.

Cleveland Browns news:

Kevin Hogan at the top of latest depth chart

"The Cleveland Browns may be starting another rookie quarterback this season as Kevin Hogan is currently listed at the top of this week’s unofficial depth chart."

Rookies making an impact on offensive line

"The Cleveland Browns have been struck by a myriad of injuries on the offensive line. It was only a matter of time before draft picks Spencer Drango and Shon Coleman saw action."

Quarterback position no longer a problem

"The Cleveland Browns have come a long way, yet are still winless. But unlike past seasons, the quarterback position is not the primary issue."

How close are the Browns to the No. 1 overall pick? (ESPN)

"The Browns enter Week 8 as the only winless team in the NFL and are No. 32 in ESPN’s Power Rankings, as well as No. 32 in ESPN’s Football Power Index. Cleveland currently has a 69 percent chance to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, according to FPI. That’s over four times more likely than the next-closest team, the San Francisco 49ers (15 percent)."

Which Browns player is likely to be traded by the deadline? (cleveland.com)

"Most observers think the Cleveland Browns would be willing sellers as the NFL’s Nov. 1 trade deadline approaches, looking to obtain more draft picks. The team has been clear in its intention to build through the draft, and could have as many as 13 draft picks in 2017 thanks to trades and expected compensatory picks. If Thomas is truly off the table, which player becomes most likely to be dealt prior to the trade deadline?"

NFL news:

What are Rams, Jets waiting for at QB? (MMQB)

"While other first-year quarterbacks flourish, the pass-poor Jets—like the Rams with Jared Goff—are letting second-rounder Christian Hackenberg watch and learn. But how long can a needy team afford to sit a valuable young investment?"

Why the Cowboys couldn’t trade Tony Romo in 2016, even if they wanted to (Fox Sports)

"Should the Dallas Cowboys opt to stick with the hot hand in Dak Prescott, where does that leave Tony Romo? Well, put simply, as the most expensive backup quarterback in the NFL."

Benching Brock Osweiler would only make the Texans’ whiff worse

"Brock Osweiler had another bad game in a terrible first season with the Texans. Seeing how he performed during Monday night’s 27-9 blowout loss at Denver, it’s apparent that Osweiler hit a new career low during his short tenure his new team. But benching him during a 4-3 start? That would only compound an expensive problem."

Why were NFL draft pundits so wrong about 2016’s rookie quarterbacks? (SI.com)

"Draft experts tried to warn fans of the teams who drafted quarterbacks this spring that progress would come slowly, and yet Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz and more have all played like the real deal right away. How could we have all missed so badly?"

Jay Cutler on John Fox’ support: He doesn’t have a choice (NFL.com)

"Jay Cutler is back at Bears practice, comfortable in the knowledge that his job is safe once again. The Bears franchise quarterback has been sidelined for five weeks with a thumb injury, but was conveniently activated after Brian Hoyer was placed on injured reserve with an arm injury suffered in Week 7. Circumstances have placed Cutler back in the starting role, and the complacent quarterback is as inspired as he’s ever been."