- Browns will have similar playing time plan vs. Giants as in first preseason game (cleveland.com) - If Browns fans are hoping to see their new-look defense or the “run-it-back” version of the offense on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, they’ll have to wait a little longer. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said the Browns will use a similar plan to what they did in their preseason opener against Jacksonville.
- Baker Mayfield knows No. 1 offense doesn’t need preseason to be ready (Beacon Journal) - Baker Mayfield didn’t entirely dismiss the value of the NFL’s preseason, but the quarterback made it clear Friday the starting offense of the Browns doesn’t need to make an appearance in an exhibition game to be ready for the real thing.
- Training Camp Log, Day 17: Punches thrown after heated practice (Browns Zone) - The two practices with the Giants were fight-free. The 15 minutes after the second one weren’t. Browns cornerback Troy Hill and Giants receiver Sterling Shepard exchanged wild haymakers that failed to connect as players mingled well after practice was over. They were separated by teammates.
- Browns excited to welcome back fans to a full, enhanced FirstEnergy Stadium (clevelandbrowns.com) - The Browns are ready to welcome back fans to a full, enhanced FirstEnergy Stadium. In a letter to Browns Season Ticket Members, Haslam Sports Group Chief Operation Officer Dave Jenkins wrote the team is prepared to have a full-capacity crowd at FirstEnergy Stadium throughout the 2021 season, starting Sunday with the Browns’ preseason game against the New York Giants.
- Larry Fitzgerald on NFL future: ‘I just don’t have the urge to play right now’ (NFL.com) - Larry Fitzgerald won’t be suiting up for the Arizona Cardinals for the start of the season, but the future Hall of Fame wide receiver stopped just short Friday of announcing his retirement.
- Jalen Hurts’ case to be Eagles starting quarterback strengthened by his absence (CBS Sports) - Jalen Hurts being a late scratch Thursday night was disappointing for all, but it certainly seemed as if the youngster’s absence only strengthened his grip on the Eagles’ starting job.
- Mac Jones looks ready to start right now for the New England Patriots (PFF) - After only two NFL preseason games, the New England Patriots’ quarterback competition has intensified, with every display from first-round draft pick Mac Jones only adding further fuel to the fire. A rookie who was supposed to ease into the NFL behind veteran Cam Newton looks ready to play already.