- Jedrick Wills stays quiet, locks in, quickly earns trust of teammates (Browns Zone) - The quiet is unsettling for left guard Joel Bitonio. And not because Bitonio is one of the team’s best conversationalists. As the offensive line meets to install the game plan and scrutinize the opposition, rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills remains silent. That leaves Bitonio to wonder if the man counted on to protect Baker Mayfield’s blindside grasps the instruction.
- Myles Garrett hasn’t pondered approaching Mason Rudolph (cleveland.com) - Myles Garrett hasn’t contemplated whether or not he’d approach Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the field Sunday and say anything about their helmet incident from last Nov. 14.
- Odell Beckham Jr. feels well enough to play Sunday, but needs second negative test (Beacon Journal) - Odell Beckham Jr. will be good to go Sunday, provided the Browns wide receiver continues to test negative for COVID-19.
- For the Browns, trying everything may finally lead to something (New York Times) - Cleveland’s results may not have followed the analytics strategist Paul DePodesta’s initial vision, but a 4-1 record is math anyone can do.
- Travis Fulgham’s globe-trotting, odds-defying rise to the NFL (ESPN) - Travis Fulgham came late to football because football wasn’t available to him when he was a boy. With both of his parents in the Foreign Service, he spent much of his young life overseas, traversing from Jordan to Egypt to South Africa to India. He played cricket and soccer and basketball and he swam, but it wasn’t until he returned to the United States for high school that he was introduced to football at the age of 16.
- Here’s how the Cowboys can maximize Andy Dalton as their starting QB (Dallas Morning News) - The Cowboys were commonly included among the teams with a legitimate shot at a Lombardi Trophy entering the season, mostly because of quarterback Dak Prescott and the weapons around him. With Prescott lost for the rest of the season because of a gut-wrenching ankle injury, it would be dumb not to recalibrate expectations for these Cowboys with Andy Dalton at quarterback.
- Gregg Williams being dragged down by Adam Gase, Joe Douglas as Jets defense sputters (NY Daily News) - Gregg Williams has taken the high road for the better part of two years, praising his players’ production, attitude and effort despite less than desirable circumstances. So, it surely stings that only one team has allowed more points than his unit through five weeks even if he’s smart enough to know that it takes a village to be this poor. He’s fully aware that his overmatched head coach hasn’t held up his end of the bargain for just about their entire tenure together.
- The Packers are keeping calm and letting Aaron Rodgers carry on (The Ringer) - There was skepticism about Green Bay’s prospects in 2020, but we probably should have seen this undefeated Packers team coming.