The fifth and final episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks, featuring the Cleveland Browns, took place Tuesday night. Let’s recap the major storylines that were on display.
The Stunning Mychal Kendricks News
The episode started with the coaches and players hearing and being stunned by the news of LB Mychal Kendricks being involved in inside trading.
From tonight’s Hard Knocks: The #Browns learn about Mychal Kendricks’ insider trading charges and Hue Jackson addresses the team telling them Kendricks has been released. pic.twitter.com/kohGAbey4z— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 5, 2018
The Roster Bubble Cuts
I would say that 75% of the episode focused on the gameday performances and then releases of QB Brogan Roback, TE Devon Cajuste, DE Nate Orchard, and DE Carl Nassib. It was rough watching each of their hopes be dampened. We learned that Assistant GM Eliot Wolf is the guy with the not-fun responsibility of calling players up to tell them to come in, informing them of their release. They also then get a quick last talk with head coach Hue Jackson.
David Cajuste and his dad have been a joy to watch during #HardKnocks.— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) September 5, 2018
This moment was heartbreaking but the love this man has for his son is on another level. #Browns pic.twitter.com/E2QvnAuCvR
Announcing the Backup QB
Have you ever wondered how a coach tells his No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks which of them will be the official “backup?” Hue Jackson sat Drew Stanton and Baker Mayfield down in his office together. It really wasn’t a surprise given how reps have gone all preseason, so neither player was really surprised by the news.
.@Browns HC Hue Jackson sits down with backup QBs @bakermayfield and @drewstanton.— NFL (@NFL) September 5, 2018
The season finale of #HardKnocks re-airs Wednesday (10pm ET/PT) on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/mPZjTUyfcq
Antonio Callaway Chats With Antonio Brown
The Steelers’ receiver had a quick facetime chat with rookie receiver Antonio Callaway:
✌ Miami LEGENDS Antonio Brown giving Antonio Callaway advice b4 Callaway STARTS vs the Steelers in his FIRST NFL game #HardKnocks pic.twitter.com/9I2fezmI8Z— BLACK SPORTSCENTER (@VersaceBoyEnt) September 5, 2018
Earned Their Stripes
Players “earning their stripes” has been a running theme all season, and served as the conclusion to the series (even if the claimed players or WR Josh
Amped up and got goosebumps at the same time. Cannot wait for the @Browns this year. Exciting times ahead. Hurry up, Sunday. #Browns #HardKnocks pic.twitter.com/kDg0Yac1Pe— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) September 5, 2018
- When DE Carl Nassib got cut in the second round of waiver cuts, it sucked to have to see veteran DT Jamie Meder in the background, an afterthought to the show.
- Christian Kirksey talked more about his “why,” a callback to earlier in the season.
- The show ended with a quick montage of unseen coaches highlights of Bob Wylie, Todd Haley, and Gregg Williams. A perfect, comedic way to end the Browns’ run on Hard Knocks:
Browns #HardKnocks closes with the coaches...— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) September 5, 2018
Bob Wylie talks about being a ladies man in HS
Todd Haley says goodbye
Gregg Williams wants you to put something specific in the c block pic.twitter.com/dtBlNKLyTr
What did you think of the Browns being featured on Hard Knocks? Do you wish they could be on there every year?