It's not the event the NFL would like for their All-Star game but the NFL Pro Bowl took place this weekend. Gone are the days of a full-on game and instead, the players show off their skills throughout the weekend through various challenges. For the Cleveland Browns, that included David Njoku competing in trick catches and Denzel Ward taking part in a punt-fielding challenge.
Then when the game itself started, Ward was out there showing what he does. In a game designed for offenses to put up numbers, Ward found himself making an impressive grab in the end zone to take points away from the NFC team. That story and more can be found in today's news round up.
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WATCH: Browns' CB Denzel Ward Makes Incredible Interception In Pro Bowl — Anthony Moeglin, Sports Illustrated
"On first down, quarterback Geno Smith tried to test Denzel Ward in the endzone and The Warden made him pay. Geno lofted a ball to the back left corner and number 21 tracked it and with one hand snagged the pass and then got two feet in to complete the catch."
Earlier in the weekend, Ward dropped his first attempt at fielding a punt in the "High-Stakes" challenge and then took to social media to troll himself. But then when the game itself started — which is really just 7-on-7 — he stepped up with a beautiful pick in the end zone. This time, he was able to haul it in with just one hand, which was the point of the earlier challenge.
Breer: Browns fired Alex Van Pelt because ownership, Paul DePodesta weren’t happy with Deshaun Watson’s progress — Chris Pokorny, Dawgs by Nature
"This past Friday, Albert Breer talked about what Alex Van Pelt will bring to the Patriots as their new offensive coordinator. In doing so, though, he talked about how people were floored about Van Pelt’s dismissal in Cleveland for a couple of reasons — in addition, he dropped a nugget that the move was motivated by the fact that ownership and Paul DePodesta weren’t happy with the progress of Deshaun Watson."
The mere mention of Paul DePodesta gets some fans riled up but the fact remains Cleveland thinks highly of him — especially Jimmy Haslam. It's also hard to say he's wrong that something needed to change with Deshaun Watson. Maybe it's not Van Pelt's fault but they have to do whatever they can to try and get Watson on track, which should surprise no one. But it will.
5 offseason moves to improve Cleveland Browns Super Bowl chances in 2024 — DPD
We're less than a week from the Super Bowl and the Browns are asking themselves the same thing 29 other teams are — what do we need to do to get here next season? To increase their odds of making that happen, here are five moves they can make. Some might seem impossible, but Andrew Berry has proven he can work magic in the past.
4 pending free agents the Cleveland Browns will gladly let walk — DPD
Greg Newland looks ahead to free agency and highlights four players the Browns should let walk when they hit the open market. Some were once stars while others simply never panned out. Either way, he believes they can find better help elsewhere.