The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know including an article looking at what Kareem Hunt can do during his suspension
For some reason, the NFL has really struggled when it comes to dealing with suspended players. Not only do they avoid trying to get to the root of the player’s issues, but they also don’t seem to understand what it takes to help someone rehabilitate themselves.
This was seen in how they handled former Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon and current Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory. Both players struggled with mental health issues but the league cared only about punishing them and making sure they didn’t have access to the support systems they desperately needed.
What’s worse is there was no consistency. Sometimes the player was allowed contact with the team, other times they weren’t.
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Knowing how odd they are about suspensions, Terry Pluto looks forward to Kareem Hunt’s upcoming time away from the team and wonders if he will be able to continue to get the assistance the team has been providing as he works to turn his life around.
That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
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"At the very least, he should be at the facility every day with his teammates. Let him go to meetings, work out and take part in individual drills.Keep him busy. Make him feel needed, wanted and accountable.All people need structure and a sense of purpose, and that’s especially true for those who are younger and dealing with personal issues."
The NFL has had its faults and the way they deal with suspended players stands out as one of their biggest blunders. As Pluto says, everyone needs structure and purpose — especially those who are struggling with any issue. However, the NFL thinks they should be banished and left alone to deal with things. No wonder there are so many repeat offenders.
There were rumors that Cleveland could host a draft soon circulating for some time, and that finally became a reality. Steve Gessic talks about what it means for the city and the team.
A good quarterback makes those around him elevate their play, which is exactly what Elliot Kennel says Baker Mayfield has done for his pass catchers.
"“I think there is one thing you guys need to know is nobody is going to change Freddie,” Mayfield said last week during the Browns’ first trio of OTAs. “I think that is why he is the man for the job. No matter the scrutiny, first year or whatever it is, he is going to trust his instincts. The things he has been through, he is going to coach his players and he is going to try and bring out the best in them. I think that is the best part about him.”"
There are critics who think Freddie Kitchens won’t be able to handle this job, but they’re missing the fact that he has already won over the team. That’s half the battle there. Kitchens’ best asset is that the players trust him since he’s genuine and sincere — and it helps that he knows a thing or two about football.
Even before he was released, the Browns were said to have interest in defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Now that he’s on the open market, Cleveland is expected to be a serious player in the sweepstakes for the veteran.