Daily Dawg Tags: A short, but important week, for the Browns
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns have a busy week ahead as they prepare not only for the final preseason game, but also Saturday’s roster cutdown.
This is a big week for the Cleveland Browns.
The club travels on Thursday to take on the Chicago Bears in the final preseason game of 2017. That will also be the last game for a number of players as NFL teams must select their final 53-man roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
It is going to make for a busy week for head coach Hue Jackson and executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown as they enter their second regular season together.
The Browns still have several backup positions to settle on – including at quarterback – and Jackson is still working out how to best navigate the next few days, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
"“I think what is important is that we practice. Like I told our team, let’s practice well. That is something we have done here over the last several weeks. We are learning how to practice well as we get into preparation for everything that we are trying to accomplish on game day. I will let you guys know, and I will let our team know at some point in time. I am sure all of the players want to know, but mum is the word. I told them we are going to practice. That is what we have to do to continue to get better.”"
Thursday night the Browns take on the Bears, and by late Saturday afternoon we will know which familiar faces will no longer be wearing the Orange and Brown.
A busy, but important week, for sure.
Cleveland Browns news:
Hue Jackson: We will ride it out with DeShone Kizer
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson the decision on Sunday that rookie DeShone Kizer is his quarterback. On Monday, Jackson affirmed that decision by saying the team is going to ride with Kizer through the inevitable bumps in the road this fall.
The many faces of Myles Garrett in Browns’ new defensive scheme (Bleacher Report)
"Myles Garrett has yet to play a meaningful down of professional football, yet he’s already the face of the Cleveland Browns franchise. In order for Garrett to realize his full potential, he’ll need to become a faceless man like the league’s other top defenders."
DeShone Kizer hopes to stop team’s history of quarterbacks (ohio.com)
"DeShone Kizer grew up in Toledo following the Philadelphia Eagles because the rookie’s father, Derek, was a fan of the team. But Kizer is familiar with the Browns, their history and his place in it as the franchise’s 27th starting quarterback since 1999."
The unlucky Colts might be really bad (The Ringer)
"With its franchise quarterback still on the mend, Indy’s early-season hopes rest on Scott Tolzien (!) or Stephen Morris (!!) and the offensive line that got Andrew Luck injured in the first place."
Paxton Lynch has shoulder sprain, is expected to miss first two games (Denver Post)
"The Broncos thought they had their quarterback situation settled. But a week after naming Trevor Siemian their starter and Paxton Lynch their backup, their plans for 2017 were temporarily derailed. Lynch sprained his right (throwing) shoulder in Saturday’s preseason game against Green Bay and will miss several weeks and likely at least the first two regular-season games."
Jets name Josh McCown the starting quarterback (New York Post)
"Todd Bowles made it official Monday — naming Josh McCown the Jets starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Bills. It was the expected conclusion to the months-long competition between McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty."
Bills trade Reggie Ragland to Chiefs (NFL.com)
"A high-profile clear-out in Buffalo continued on Monday when the team dealt 2016 second-round pick Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. The Bills made the move official, via their website Monday afternoon."