Daily Dawg Tags: The best No. 55 is an easy choice
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns open the NFL season in 55 days, the uniform number of Alex Mack, who may be the best center in franchise history.
It is now the middle of July, the start of training camp is just 10 days away, and the start of the 2017 NFL season is slowly coming into view.
The Cleveland Browns will open the regular season on Sept. 10 as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is just 55 days away, which corresponds to the uniform number that center Alex Mack wore with the Browns from 2009 to 2015.
Mack was the lone bright spot from the Eric Mangini era and a case can be made that Mack is the best center in franchise history. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Browns, and only missed time when he suffered a broken leg in the fifth game of the 2014 season.
Unfortunately all the losing wore Mack down and he left Cleveland in free agency following the 2015 season, leaving a hole the Browns are still trying to fill.
On that happy note, let’s get into today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
Cleveland Browns news:
Can Shon Coleman fulfill his potential this summer?
The Cleveland Browns are set along the offensive line – except for the right tackle position. But Shon Coleman has the potential to solve that problem.
Bernie Kosar was at his best when it mattered the most
Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar never met a defense he could not beat, which is why he is one of the most-clutch quarterbacks in NFL history.
Kurt Warner would not have changed much in Cleveland
Kurt Warner was available for the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 expansion draft, and believes he could have made a difference if selected.
Browns want more consistency from Caleb Brantley (The Morning Journal)
"Training camp for the Cleveland Browns opens on July 27 in Berea. Players will not be in pads the first couple days per the rules of the CBA. But when they are in full gear and linemen start crashing into each other like a demolition derby cars in cleats, eyes will be on rookie defensive lineman Caleb Brantley."
Feeding frenzy follows NFL concussion settlement (New York Times)
"The sales pitches were filled with urgency and emphasized familiarity. Act now or risk missing out on millions of dollars. Trust us because we are part of the “N.F.L. brotherhood.” “You have nothing to lose,” a former N.F.L. quarterback implored in one, “but money you’re entitled to and that you earned the hard way.” The pleadings are aimed at former N.F.L. players who stand to receive checks from the largest legal settlement in sports history, a pool of money that may top $1 billion for retirees who sued the league for lying to them about the dangers of concussions as they got their heads pounded on the field."
Julian Edelman believes perfect season talk is stupid (Boston Herald)
"With an interview wrapping up at a youth football clinic yesterday at Danvers High School, one question remained for Julian Edelman, and it was the last one he wanted to hear. With some local and national pundits and fans alike pondering a possible 19-0 season for the Patriots before a single training camp practice, what exactly did the star wide receiver make of such conversation?"
Kirk Cousins open to new deal after the season (ESPN)
"Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts, but he is open to doing a deal with the team after this season, per a source familiar with the situation."
Who is the best all-around running back? (NFL.com)
"As the July 17 deadline approaches for Le’Veon Bell and Pittsburgh to reach a long-term deal — or proceed with the franchise tag attached for 2017 — the Steelers star is fielding strong support from a man who knows quite well what life is like for a do-everything back."