- Donovan Peoples-Jones built trust with Baker Mayfield during trip to Austin (Browns Zone) - The Browns trailed by a touchdown with 1:51 left Monday night against the Ravens. They needed a big play to start the drive. Baker Mayfield didn’t hesitate to look to rookie receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, a sixth-round pick out of Michigan.
- Is Baker Mayfield’s recent development for the Browns real or a mirage? (The Athletic) - Baker Mayfield isn’t just another quarterback. That’s important to understand before we get started. Taking over as the Browns’ starting quarterback is the football equivalent of moving into a haunted house. It doesn’t matter who you were before. You could be a clean-cut Ethan Hawke in a cardigan, or Patrick Wilson in a sweater vest. Once you cross that threshold, nothing will ever be the same.
- Baker, Emily Mayfield help ‘pass the joy’ to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs (Beacon Journal) - Despite COVID-19, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, still found a way to pass the joy last week. The couple hosted their third annual “Passing the Joy with Baker and Emily Mayfield” to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio.
- Myles Garrett reveals he’s still doing breathing treatments to recover from COVID-19 (cleveland.com) - Myles Garrett, who looks like he was chiseled from stone, admitted Friday that COVID-19 is still kicking his butt in a lot of ways a month later, and that it must be taken seriously.
- NFL coaching carousel rankings: is the Jets job the most attractive in the league? (The Guardian) - The league is approaching firing season and some vacancies will be a lot more attractive than others.
- The NFL’s best offensive play-callers (Touchdown Wire) - To be a great play-caller you need to put your players in position to be successful, but part of that comes from dictating the defensive personnel, the matchups and sometimes even the exact coverage that the defense will run on a given play, and then running a design to attack that. These are some of 2020’s best offensive play-callers, many of whom accomplish those exact goals with what they call.
- Raiders Derek Carr out up to two weeks with significant groin injury (NFL.com) - Derek Carr might miss more time. The Raiders quarterback suffered a significant groin injury Thursday night and is expected to be sidelined 10-14 days, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
- Al Michaels won’t call Browns-Giants game Sunday night because of NBC’s COVID-19 safety protocols (USA Today) - NBC Sports broadcaster Al Michaels will not be alongside Cris Collinsworth in the booth for the Cleveland Browns-New York Giants game Sunday night. NBC Sports announced Friday that Michaels has “not been cleared to work this weekend’s game in accordance with NBCUniversal COVID-19 safety protocols.”