playoffs talk, and observations from Browns training camp Day 1

#1 von liny195 , 15.11.2018 08:53

Forgetting 2017 Authentic Jabrill Peppers Jersey , BEREA — Always start at the beginning with the end in mind. But to get there the Cleveland Browns, maybe more than any other team, have a long way to go.Hue Jackson and his team are putting 0-16 behind them, that much is clear from talking to the coach and his players on Thursday. Jackson didn’t even include a mention of the depressingly bad 2017 season during his address to the team on Wednesday night. They are not focusing on that team’s utter inability to win games over the last two seasons. Those shortcomings, they said repeatedly throughout the day, are in the past, and the 2018 Browns are a completely new team.In putting that past behind them, this new team seems to have some pretty lofty goals.Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry, acquired for a third-round pick and signed to a five-year, $75.5 million contract extension in April, has been vocal about his belief this Browns team is ready for the playoffs, and maybe more.“I’m just saying that if we play to our full potential, we have a great chance at making the playoffs, and maybe even going further,” Landry said before Thursday’s practice.“Talent is one thing, but you have to be a team. Talent wins games Youth David Njoku Jersey , but teams win championships,” Landry added. “We want to be a team, and obviously we want to win a championship.”The start of that quest to making this a special “worst-to-first” kind of season for the Browns began with some of the old nagging nuisances. In Berea on Thursday, the Browns got together for their first official training camp practice session, and cramps, conditioning issues, and injuries were the talk of the day. This was days before the team prepares for the real test when they put on pads to begin the grueling grind towards Week 1.With all of the new faces, an improved quarterback group, and belief, there’s only one thing that is nearly certain at this point: the 2018 Cleveland Browns will win at least one game.My Observations from Day 1:Josh Gordon’s absence was a common topic for questions throughout the day. The team seams united in a top-down effort led by John Dorsey to defer and avoid questions about Gordon’s future. His teammates, like Dorsey, have continued to wish the best for Gordon and are hopeful he’ll return to the team soon.Speed is one thing I heard repeatedly in talking to folks in Berea. The improvement from last season to now is noticeable. It’s hard to tell without pads how much that speed will translate, but I observed some of it—as well as the human eye can ascertain—from running backs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson, receivers Antonio Callaway and C.J. Board, and defensive back Denzel Ward. Ward, who signed his rookie deal yesterday, also had an interception with Jarvis Landry draped on his shoulders. He ran pretty exclusively as a starter opposite of T.J. Carrie at the other cornerback spot , and Damarious Randall at free safety.Nick Chubb is built like a tank, has a low center of gravity, and really seems to have some burst and flexibility. I think he’ll have a big year, especially if he stays healthy and the team rides the “hot hand”—as coaches have said they will—when deciding how to split carries between Chubb, Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson.A big story again this season is going to be the influx of new names at the receiver position. With Gordon missing the start of camp, at least, Ratley injured, and Ricardo Louis out for the year, Todd Haley’s group was in constant rotation on Thursday. Rookie receivers C.J. Board and Antonio Callaway spent some time in drills and scrimmages running routes with the first team offense, and Landry seemed to be the overwhelming focal point of the offense for the plays he was on the field. Landry, Callaway and Jeff Janis really stood out by catching everything thrown in their direction. Janis also had a very nice reception over his shoulder down the left sideline, thrown by Drew Stanton. And Landry had a couple big catches in traffic.Quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield were both impressive, and pretty similar looking in commanding the team’s offense on Day 1 of training camp. Although, as advertised, Taylor worked exclusively with the first-team offense, and that group dominated the day in terms of offensive repetitions in the 11-on-11 portions of practice. Coaches and teammates continue to rave about Taylor’s work ethic. Landry said the veteran quarterback is always the first guy in and last guy out of the building every day. “That’s not an understatement, and it shows Jarvis Landry Jersey ,” Landry said. “It’s paying off.” Jackson was complimentary as well. “He is leading the offense, making plays, getting people in the right spots and all of those things,” the coach said after practice. “I am very impressed with what he is doing. He just has to keep it going.” Taylor is the team’s starter heading into the season barring a big surprise, but it is impossible to stand on the sidelines and not see what John Dorsey and his staff saw in Mayfield. He was accurate, and his arm was better than advertised. Mayfield looks special.Injuries—TE Devon Cajuste (concussion), DL Caleb Brantley (cramps), WR Derrick Willies (cramps), WR Damion Ratley (hip), and DL Daniel Ekuale (calf) were injured during the practice. Brantley and Ratley were carted off, and Willies, Cajuste and Ekuale walked inside with trainers.Play of the Day—Mayfield threw up a deep sideline fade that fellow rookie Antonio Callaway pulled in, drawing a huge buzz from the crowd. Plays earlier, Corey Coleman dropped a similar ball thrown by Tyrod Taylor.Bonus material: “Quarterbacks only” club—Apparently Mayfield and Taylor started an exclusive secret club in an RV in Berea. Name of the club is TBD:I wasn’t invited inside.Hue Jackson post-practice interview highlights:On if the Browns will tryout former Bengals DB Adam Jones for a workout tomorrow:On if Browns players ‘measured up’ with the first few days of practice being critical after returning from the offseason, as well as citing restarting the end of practice:Expectations for Baker Mayfield during training camp:On receiver Corey Coleman’s big Week 17 drop:On how Coleman has responded to entering his third season, given his first two seasons:On the Browns skill position groups working together:On Coleman’s ability to ‘pick up the NFL game’:On Joe Thomas does not see rookie Austin Corbett as a tackle in the NFLDo the Browns coaches view Corbett as an interior lineman:Have the browns ruled out tackle for Corbett:On QB Tyrod Taylor’s leadership:On the Browns CBs:On easing back Jamie Collins and Mychal Kendricks:On Shon Coleman’s development:Jackson expects Jabrill Peppers, Chad Thomas and Desmond Harrison Authentic Nick Chubb Jersey , who all started camp today on the PUP list, back at some point during training camp.He had no updates on any injured players today, other than he believed Brantley had calf cramps.Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (9/6/18) Cleveland Browns:“Garrett aiming to sack Roethlisberger in opener” (AP) - “As he gets ready for an opener in which he’ll be without star running back Le’Veon Bell, Roethlisberger knows Garrett has him in his sights.”“Josh Gordon says Browns beating Steelers in opener would be ‘equivalent of making the playoffs here, almost a Super Bowl win’” (ABJ) - “Coach Hue Jackson wouldn’t go as far as Gordon’s Super Bowl comparison.”“Ex-Steeler Chris Hubbard telling the Browns EVERYTHING” (CantonRep) - “Now Hubbard is about to play his first game for a new team after four years in Pennsylvania. His grin widens. ‘I’m telling my O-line everything I know,’ he said...”“From jail time to ACL surgeries, no ‘quit’ in Browns’ Devaroe Lawrence” (ESPN) - “Lawrence’s tumultuous life has led to a whirlwind week where he was traded to the Browns for a seventh-round draft pick on cut-down day.”NFL:“Some Steelers appear to be turning on Le’Veon Bell, who looks like he’ll miss Browns game” (CBS) - “The Steelers open the regular season on Sunday against the Browns. That’s four days from now...”“Rams admit they tried to get Khalil Mack” (PFT) - “It’s hard to imagine that the Rams could have found a way to pay Donald, who’s getting $22.5 million per year in new money, and Mack, who got $23.5 million per year in new money...”“LeSean McCoy focused on Week 1 amid investigation” ( - “With an opportunity to address the lawsuit, McCoy took the same approach of placing his focus on his profession and not circumstances off the field.”“Shaquem Griffin, Seahawks’ one-handed rookie LB, to start in Week 1” (USA TODAY) - “Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin is more than an inspirational story. He’s about to be a starter, at least for the time being.”

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