Daily Dawg Tags: Browns entering an important week of practice
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns enter the final week of training camp still searching for a starting a quarterback, but head coach Hue Jackson is not rushing the call.
The Cleveland Browns embark on an important week of practices starting today in Berea.
The club now has its first preseason game in the books and head coach Hue Jackson has a week to prepare the Browns for the Aug. 21 game against the New York Giants. That is also another week of practice, classroom and film work to determine who will ultimately be the starting quarterback, a situation that appears to be down to veteran Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer.
While it is an important decision, it is not one that is weighing Jackson down as he is using practice time to let the process play out, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
"“The quarterback thing, as I go through practice and keep watching tape, will sort itself out. It is not the thing that is heavy on my mind that way. Obviously, we need to make a decision when the time comes and we will, but right now today, I still think it is too early.”"
Today’s practice is closed to fans, but practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week are open, with Thursday’s practice being the final one fans can view.
By then, we should have a clearer picture of where the quarterbacks stand in Jackson’s mind.
Cleveland Browns news:
Getting to know Richard Mullaney
Preseason football is about the starters getting some reps before the regular season, but a lot of the actual game action is between under-the-radar guys looking to earn one of the final 53 roster spots. Isaiah Crowell was one of these players in 2014, and Richard Mullaney may be one in 2017.
DeShone Kizer receiving repos with the first-team offense
The Cleveland Browns quarterback position remains up for grabs, and DeShone Kizer is getting a chance to work with some better talent around him.
Assessing Cody Kessler’s current situation
The 2017 Cleveland Browns offseason had a familiar theme. The constant focus was on the quarterback position, so Hue Jackson decided to bring some stability by naming Cody Kessler as the top quarterback heading into training camp. But it was hard to expect that to last long.
Grading the QBs after the preseason opener
Cleveland Browns fans who went to bed early during the game against the New Orleans Saints missed out on not only a great showing by DeShone Kizer, but an actual win. It’s preseason, but it is much better than the winless preseason a year ago.
Hue Jackson: Way too early to talk about Kizer starting (Bleacher Report)
"Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson pumped the brakes on talk of rookie DeShone Kizer being the team’s starting quarterback this season when asked about it"
Corey Coleman says he is on track to be No. 1 WR (ohio.com)
"Corey Coleman gave his definition of a No. 1 wide receiver during an interview before the Browns practiced. A few hours later, he went on the field and looked like a top-flight threat in the passing game."
Joe Flacco’s comeback plan (MMQB)
"Joe Flacco, wearing a white Ravens T-shirt and black gym shorts, lingered outside the training room one recent morning. He was bored. He’d just finished a rehabilitation session on the back injury that has sidelined him for all of training camp. Outside on the field, his teammates still had 30 or so minutes left of work to do. Who knew a 10-year veteran could have such a longing for a training-camp practice?"
Bridgewater case is a prime example of NFL owners walking all over the union (Star-Tribune)
"How the NFL classifies Teddy Bridgewater’s service time in the league relative to his contract status isn’t sitting right with some."
Ezekiel Elliott got what he deserved (Yahoo Sports)
"Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly angry that the NFL suspended his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, six games for using physical force against a woman in 2016. “Furious,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Jones should be furious … at Ezekiel Elliott, just as Elliott should be furious … at himself."
No guarantee Andrew Luck is ready for the opener (NFL.com)
"A murky return timeline for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck became a little clearer Sunday following a pair of comments made by the team’s owner and general manager. Speaking to the team’s broadcasters Sunday, general manager Chris Ballard said that “[Luck] is actually doing really well. His strength levels are probably better right now than they ever were in the last season he played.”"