- Kareem Hunt appears in rushing title form (Beacon Journal) - Through six days of Browns training camp practices, running back Kareem Hunt looks poised to recapture his 2017 magic. Carrying the load after running mate Nick Chubb suffered a concussion on Monday, Hunt looks lighter, faster and more explosive.
- Jack Conklin reveals how Nick Chubb getting beat by Derrick Henry for the rushing title in the final week was a high priority for the Titans (cleveland.com) - The Tennessee Titans not only obliterated the Browns in the season opener 43-13 last season, they also came back and crushed them again in the season finale. The encore came in the form of Titans running back Derrick Henry blowing away Nick Chubb for the coveted rushing title with a 211-yard outburst in a 35-14 victory over the Texans.
- Austin Hooper looks to be the missing piece for Baker Mayfield (ESPN) - With the Cleveland Browns offense struggling to find a rhythm in practice on Tuesday, Baker Mayfield’s eyes finally located tight end Austin Hooper as he rolled out of the pocket. With a quick hand gesture, Mayfield directed Hooper where to get open, resulting in a first-down completion along the sideline. As much of the attention this season figures to remain on Cleveland’s offensive stars, like wideout Odell Beckham Jr., running back Nick Chubb and Mayfield himself, Hooper ultimately could prove to be the connecting tissue that elevates the Browns’ attack to another level.
- 11 questions with JoJo Natson (clevelandbrowns.com) - JoJo Natson is the smallest player on the Browns’ roster, but he’s squarely in the middle of one of the biggest remaining open competitions. ClevelandBrowns.com caught up with Natson after a recent walk-through.
- Jaguars DL Josh Mauro suspended for first five games (jacksonville.com) - Jaguars defensive end Josh Mauro was suspended by the NFL without pay for the first five games of the 2020 regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
- NFL’s five most/least enviable QB situations in 2020 (NFL.com) - Quarterback play can be sliced and diced in all sorts of ways, as anyone who is even casually familiar with professional football can tell you. But when it comes down to it, to succeed as a team, it is essential for the person throwing the ball to at least be capable of manning the position with a basic level of competence. And it’s often best to have more than one of those players on your roster, to keep the entire season from going off the skids in the event the starting quarterback should be unavailable.
- Dak Prescott, Cam Newton and the NFL players and coaches who have the most to gain and lose in 2020 (ESPN) - As strange as the 2020 NFL season is likely to be, there are players and coaches who have a disproportionate amount of their futures riding on how they perform over the next few months. It wouldn’t have been anybody’s choice to have their career path tied to such an uncertain season, but that’s the reality of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Just like any other season, there are people around the league who can either make millions of dollars and affirm their professional legacy with a big six months or work their way toward falling out of their current roles. Let’s take a look at the players and coaches across the NFL with the most to gain or lose in the upcoming season.
- The Perception of Aaron Rodgers No Longer Matches the Reality (The Ringer) - Rodgers is one of the greatest QBs of all time, but he’s regressed over the past five seasons. With Jordan Love now in Green Bay, what should we expect for Rodgers’s future on the Packers?