- 11 questions for Jedrick Wills Jr. (clevelandbrowns.com) - Jedrick Wills Jr. is locked in. The first-round rookie has taken a no-nonsense, all-business approach toward the first seven games of his NFL career, and it’s paid off in a big way. He’s looked the part of a starting left tackle, and the Browns offensive line has been all the better for it.
- Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller demands attention (Beacon Journal) - It’s as if a light flicked on for Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller to get him out of the darkness. After two suspensions for substance abuse earlier in his career, the former Baltimore Ravens sixth-round draft pick, learned from his mistakes and produced a breakout season last season for the Raiders with 90 catches for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns. This season, he’s on track to repeat the feat.
- The trust Baker Mayfield showed in his receivers will be tested as life goes on without OBJ (Browns Zone) - The accuracy to complete a franchise-record 21 straight passes. The resilience to rally from deficits time and again. The composure to lead a winning drive in the final minute. Baker Mayfield impressed in a variety of ways last week in the 37-34 win over the Bengals, but one stood above the others to pass game coordinator/receivers coach Chad O’Shea.
- 6 potential trade targets that make sense for the Browns (Browns Wire) - Will the Cleveland Browns make a move before Tuesday afternoon’s NFL trade deadline? With no track record from rookie GM Andrew Berry and the team poised to make the postseason for the first time in well over a decade, the Browns are in unprecedented waters. Navigating them in the midst of a game-changing global pandemic makes it even more unpredictable.
- Which rookie QB is in the best position to succeed? (NFL.com) - Who’s the best signal-caller in the Class of 2020? That debate could take years (decades?) to resolve. However, a quarterback’s success is highly dependent on his teammates. Thus, determining who has the top supporting cast will indicate which quarterback is in the best position to succeed.
- Cowboys QB Andy Dalton ruled out vs. Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN) - The Dallas Cowboys on Saturday ruled out quarterback Andy Dalton for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a concussion, which means rookie Ben DiNucci will start in the key NFC East meeting.
- If it’s Steelers-Ravens, it must be 2 good defenses (triblive.com) - If it’s Pittsburgh Steelers versus Baltimore Ravens, it probably will have a significant impact on the AFC playoff race. And it also probably will feature two very good defenses.