- When it comes to playing on the inside for Troy Hill, knowledge is power (cleveland.com) - New Browns cornerback Troy Hill, who will likely draw the job of inside corner this season, like he did with the Rams last year, sees playing against the slot almost like playing a different position than cornerback.
- Donovan Peoples-Jones has viable succession plan written all over him (Beacon Journal) - Andrew Berry is determined to keep an eye on the present while looking toward the future. It’s a delicate balance the good NFL general managers are able to strike. In this regard, Donovan Peoples-Jones gives Berry the best of both worlds.
- This year, Browns could focus on talent floor instead of ceiling (Browns Wire) - For years the Cleveland Browns, and their fans, have hoped for the team to have players worth building around. That often led to the focus being on players with high upside. That was then, this is now. In 2021, the Browns have their foundation and a group of players worth building around. That big change can also have an impact on roster decisions.
- Andrew Billings making the most of a big opportunity (clevelandbrowns.com) - Andrew Billings had one mission to accomplish in the five weeks of rest he had between minicamp in June and training camp in July: lose weight.
- Why Justin Fields is committed to trusting Bears’ training camp ‘process’ (ESPN) - Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields delivered a strong message to those clamoring for him to unseat current starter Andy Dalton. “Greatness doesn’t happen overnight ... it’s a process,” Fields said this week. The 11th overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft, Fields has trusted the Bears’ process since he set foot inside Halas Hall.
- New Ravens LB Justin Houston: ‘I was so close’ to signing with Steelers (NFL.com) - With every free-agent signing comes news of the teams that missed out on said talent. New Ravens edge rusher Justin Houston revealed Saturday that he turned down a few better offers to sign with the perennial AFC contender. One of those overlooked clubs just so happens to be Baltimore’s biggest rival.
- Several ex-NFL players rip Joe Judge: ‘He’s too worried about his ego’ (Giants Wire) - There is a monumental disconnect between the perception of New York Giants head coach Joe Judge in East Rutherford and outside of it.
- The year the NFL banned two of its biggest stars for gambling (si.com) - League-sanctioned sportsbooks... Official fantasy partners... Alex Karras and Paul Hornung would be shocked to see betting so embraced. In a very different era, the NFL made them pay dearly for gambling.