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Saturday Dawg Chow: Browns news (7/25/20)

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More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Saturday Dawg Chow.

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Cleveland Browns:

  • Are the Browns equipped to stop tight ends? (cleveland.com) - Kevin Stefanski’s arrival as the Browns’ coach has made the tight end position en vogue for Cleveland. Expect to see the Browns deploy multiple tight ends on a frequent basis on offense. But what about the other side of the ball? Will the Browns be able to cover the tight end better in 2020?
  • How much of an upgrade is Jack Conklin at right tackle? (Pro Football Network) - The Cleveland Browns made the offensive line their top priority this offseason, and that began in free agency with one of the NFL’s bigger signings. New Browns right tackle Jack Conklin is set to start on the right side, replacing the much-maligned Chris Hubbard. But just how much of an upgrade will Conklin actually be?
  • JC Tretter confident Browns can ‘mimic live game reps’ without preseason (Beacon Journal) - As president of the NFL Players Association, JC Tretter pushed for all preseason games to be canceled this summer. Tretter acknowledged the challenges that decision will have on Thursday during an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show,” but the starting center of the Browns also expressed confidence in Stefanski and Co.
  • Position preview: Analyzing the safeties (clevelandbrowns.com) - The Browns entered the new league year with just two safeties — Sheldrick Redwine and J.T. Hassell — under contract. They quickly went to work shoring up the unit with two veterans — Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo — before turning their attention to the draft. Until we actually see them on the field, it’s unclear just how the Browns will deploy these players on a regular basis.

NFL:

  • NFLPA Executive Committee votes to recommend changes to CBA (NFL.com) - The latest economic proposal between the NFL and NFLPA would not change the salary cap in 2020. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero reported Friday that the proposal being discussed by the league and union would spread the impact of any revenue shortfall in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic over four years beginning in 2021, per sources informed of the talks.
  • NFL camps to open on time, pending approval from players (ESPN) - Pending an agreement from players, NFL training camp will open as scheduled next week, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The league held a meeting with coaches, general managers, presidents and ownership Friday, and it concluded with clubs approving training camp, roster rules, matters addressing operations during the coronavirus pandemic and economics.
  • NFL GM rankings 2020: Best, worst decision-makers in the league (Sporting News) - While Sporting News has handed out its NFL Executive of the Year award to many recipients over the years, there’s been plenty of evidence that GMs can both rise fast and fall hard. Weighing what they all have done in the recent past while also looking at how they have to build on that in 2020, here’s ranking the NFL’s current GMs, 1-32.
  • Winners and losers with NFL’s 2020 preseason canceled (USA Today) - Though high-profile players and fans often rail against the necessity of a month-long preseason, its absence this year will come with consequences. Here’s who stands to benefit – and who doesn’t – as teams and players begin embarking on what will be marathon camps heading into Week 1 on Sept. 13.