- Secondary has talent to deliver for Browns (Beacon Journal) - A team can win without a first-rate secondary. The 2007 Browns proved as much by going 10-6 with rookie Eric Wright, Leigh Bodden, Sean Jones and Brodney Pool as the starters. If the current group of home-grown high picks makes the honor roll, a key piece of the puzzle can fall in place.
- Browns guard Malcolm Pridgeon opts out for the 2020 season (cleveland.com) - The Browns guard depth is getting thinner by the day. Guard Malcom Pridgeon, the former Ohio State Buckeye, opted out for the season on Thursday, their third guard and fifth and final player to opt out for the year. The other two guards are Drew Forbes, who had a chance to challenge for the starting right guard job, and Colby Gossett.
- Browns enter season of big expectations amid heightened challenges (ESPN) - With a revamped front office, a first-time head coach, a mostly new staff and a third-year quarterback attempting to rediscover himself — while learning yet another system — the Cleveland Browns already faced one of the NFL’s steepest learning curves.
- Andrew Sendejo excited to mentor Grant Delpit, lead secondary (clevelandbrowns.com) - Few players on the Browns have spent more time in the NFL than Andrew Sendejo, a 10-year veteran safety. The 2020 offseason has been unique and historic for a variety of reasons and it even has been a new experience for a veteran like Sendejo, but he knows the playing field is the same for every team and the Browns need to focus on making the best of it.
- NFL eyes virtual fans in stadiums for game days (ESPN) - With kickoff nearly a month away, the NFL considers the use of virtual fans in stadiums a viable option for game days, a league source said Thursday. The NFL utilized the practice during the virtual draft in April and has a similar template available in the absence of real fans.
- Jones on Strahan’s sack record: ‘I don’t think that’s hard to get’ (NFL.com) - Chandler Jones was three-and-a-half sacks away from tying the all-time record of 22.5 set by Michael Strahan. A goose egg in Week 17 negated his chance of topping the record, but after gobbling up 19 total, Jones believes he can break the mark in 2020.
- NFL bounce-back candidates for 2020 (PFF) - Which players struggled in 2019 but could bounce back in 2020? Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of preseason games, young players in NFL training camps might not get as much practice time as they would in normal years. As such, it will be especially important for veteran players who slumped last season to revert to form.