- Larry Ogunjobi challenges team to break the cycle of losing (Browns Zone) - Larry Ogunjobi is an anomaly. In a Browns locker room of blaring music, booming laughs and boisterous talkers, the standard speaking volume of the 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle strains the ear. Yet last week he summoned the courage to stand in front of all his coaches and teammates, found his voice and gave a passionate speech intended to focus the team, shake it from the season-long slump and push it to fulfill the immense potential.
- Beckham sees bits and pieces of greatness in Browns offense (clevelandbrowns.com) - Odell Beckham Jr.’s optimism hasn’t wavered a bit. That much is clear. The Pro Bowl wide receiver feels good about the state of the Browns offense even though the yards, points and wins haven’t followed. The execution needs to be better, the penalties need to be eliminated and the turnovers need to be limited, but Beckham still sees a unit with all the ingredients to reach its potential.
- Garrett, Vernon must exploit Broncos offensive line (cleveland.com) - On Thursday, Denver linebacker Von Miller said he hopes newly named starter Brandon Allen can become the Broncos’ version of Jacksonville rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew by taking the league by surprise and ultimately winning games no one expects, starting Sunday against Cleveland. But in the off chance Allen secretly is a new Minshew -- minus the mustache -- it’ll go unnoticed because the Broncos’ offensive line shouldn’t be able to block the Browns’ defensive front, especially Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon. Therefore, no shine for Minshew 2.0.
- Broncos have had several memorable games against Browns (Broncos Wire) - The Denver Broncos (2-6) will host the Cleveland Browns (2-5) on Sunday in a game between two struggling teams who each envisioned much different seasons when the 2019 campaign kicked off.
- Patriots rookie WR N’Keal Harry activated from IR (ESPN) - The New England Patriots have activated N’Keal Harry to their 53-man roster after designating him to return off injured reserve, according to a source, which makes the rookie wide receiver eligible to play in Sunday night’s road game against the Baltimore Ravens.
- Hall of Fame makes dramatic change to the rules for the 15-person centennial mega-class (PFT) - Faced with the prospect that the Hall of Fame selection committee will revolt against an all-or-nothing vote on a 15-person centennial mega-class of enshrinees for 2020, the Hall of Fame has solved the problem. The Hall of Fame selection committee will not vote on the 15-person centennial mega-class.
- Bears need running game to help Mitch Trubisky (Chicago Tribune) - As the Bears continue to search for an offensive identity at the midpoint of the season, it will be fascinating to see if the I formation, a seldom-seen element of Matt Nagy’s playbook, becomes part of the weekly plan.