- Malcolm Smith not keeping secrets from the young players in his group (cleveland.com) - New Browns linebacker Malcolm Smith, a seventh-round pick who wasn’t even invited to the combine, doesn’t forget either of those facts.
- Kevin Stefanski commits to starting Jedrick Wills in season opener (Beacon Journal) - Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he is 100 percent committed to starting rookie Jedrick Wills at left tackle in the Sept. 13 opener at the Baltimore Ravens despite the difficult transition Wills is making from the right side.
- Nick Harris impressing with confidence, poise (clevelandbrowns.com) - This wasn’t how Bill Callahan drew it up. The veteran offensive line coach anticipated having one rookie, Jedrick Wills Jr., breaking into a new position on his first-team offensive line. Just before camp got underway, though, Callahan learned he’d be working with a second rookie, Nick Harris, who would be filling in while veteran C JC Tretter recovered from knee surgery.
- Andrew Billings opt-out leaves Browns thin at defensive tackle (Pro Football Network) - The NFL’s opt-out deadline has come and gone. Several teams had players choose to forgo the 2020 NFL season, leaving holes in their rosters. The Cleveland Browns are one such team with the news that free-agent acquisition DT Andrew Billings will be missing the season. Billings figured to be a key contributor in the Browns rotation, possibly pushing for a starting job. What does his absence leave in the Browns defensive tackle room?
- Bears Matt Nagy plans to keep his decision a secret from the Lions (Chicago Tribune) - Matt Nagy has made it clear that the Chicago Bears starting quarterback will be left to surprise for the Detroit Lions in Week 1. With two weeks to go until the opener, it’s increasingly looking like the decision could be a surprise to Nagy.
- Pete Carroll: This is about racism in America (seahawks.com) - Pete Carroll gave an impassioned statement about racism, challenging white people to educate themselves and to listen to the message that Black people have been screaming for so long.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick misses Miami Dolphins scrimmage after mother’s death (ESPN) - Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was a late scratch for Saturday’s scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium after his mother died earlier in the morning, coach Brian Flores said.