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Sunday Dawg Chow: Browns news (3/28/21)

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

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  • How modern football has transformed the linebacker position (PFF) - There used to be three of them on the football field at all times: the Sam, the Mike and the Will. Now, the Sam has been replaced by his smaller and faster cousin, the Nickel. As offenses have spread out and used lighter and lighter sets, the need for three bulky, Terry Tate-type linebackers on the field at the same time has diminished. In 2020, only one-quarter of all defensive snaps were played with three linebackers on the field. That is the lowest rate in any of the 15 years of PFF data.
  • 2021 NFL Draft: 49ers’ options at No. 3, five pro day risers and the battle for CB1 (NFL.com) - The San Francisco 49ers executed a blockbuster trade on Friday, putting them in prime position to nab one of the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft. While Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence appears to be headed to Jacksonville to become the Jaguars’ new QB1, the Niners clearly like the other top prospects at the game’s most important position, having given the Dolphins two first-round picks and a third in order to move up nine slots in this year’s draft to No. 3 overall. While the 49ers continue to insist that Jimmy Garoppolo remains in their plans as a starter in 2021, this kind of aggressive move says the team wants to secure its franchise quarterback for the future over draft weekend.
  • Dolphins’ deals make Giants look silly for standing pat in 2018 NFL draft (ESPN) - If New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman needed a reminder of his past indiscretions, Friday’s action around the NFL should have done the trick. This has almost nothing to do with running back Saquon Barkley, a fabulous performer who plays a grueling position that has already taken its toll on his pro career. He just so happens to be the face behind a string of mistakes that have led us to this point, where the Giants have 15 wins and zero winning seasons over the past three years.
  • Foreign game rotation part of NFL’s plan for team int’l marketing rights (Sports Business Journal) - The NFL is expected to launch a formal rotation requiring every team to play a home game outside the U.S. at least once every eight years starting in ‘22, according to sources. That is part of a plan owners will consider at their meetings to supercharge the league’s international ambitions.