More change is afoot
The gambling fans can get in on the NFL action as early as right now. These early bets are commonly referred to as "football futures," and they offer some insight into how the oddsmakers feel about each of the NFL's 32 teams. So how about the Browns?
Draft Day in the NFL is one of the few days a year that Browns fans can consistently cling to and embrace for all it’s worth. It’s also unpredictable and exciting for that reason. How does Hollywood's version stack up to the real thing?
Immediately after free agent players were allowed to officially agree to terms with new franchises, it was confirmed that the Browns had reigned in two highly-touted veteran starters at positions of need, both on the defensive side of the ball.
The Cleveland Browns have informed reporters that newly added wide receiver Charles Johnson has a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery. Johnson was recently signed off of the Green Bay Packers practice squad on Saturday.
Look who's talking Browns: Trent Richardson opens up during a conference call and sheds some light on his mindset, Jim Brown goes on Showtime's Inside the NFL and takes shots at Mike Holmgren, and lastly, Josh Gordon ignites a Twitter firestorm.
Carolina's Steve Smith seems to think that not only does the blame for the Panthers' woes last season fall on his former OC, but it was Chudzinski's efforts to get a job as a head coach that did it. The problem: That doesn't make much sense.
I needed a booster after that, and I got it when I read Don Banks' latest article on Sports Illustrated. It talks about the optimism in Detroit and Cleveland (the two teams will meet on Friday), led by two young quarterbacks looking to revive franchises.
Lauvao is expected to play the first half with the starters, and it will be important for him to contain Suh as best as he can so Colt McCoy doesn't end up on his back, or worse, injured. Right now, all McCoy can do is have faith playing with the guys he has.
Cleveland Browns left tackle and all-around beast Joe Thomas was on The Really Big Show this morning on 850 WKNR. A transcript of the interview has been posted here; I've included some highlights about quarterback Colt McCoy after the jump.
We have had two and a half weeks of action since my previous training camp roster projection. Since then, training camp has started and I think we all have a better grasp at which players are serious contenders to make the final roster. I didn't post a practice squad last time, but I'll indicate a few hopefuls this time around.
If you don't want to hear about injuries, then don't read today's training camp report. Three of Cleveland's key players left the field early, meaning the team could be a bit short-handed when they face the Detroit Lions on Friday.
The Cleveland Browns are quickly approaching their second preseason game, and guess which position seems to have the most issues when it comes to depth? It isn't the defensive line, it's not at wide receiver, and I'd even go as far as saying it doesn't include the linebackers. The position with the biggest depth problems appears to be at safety.
"I don’t know," Shanahan said following Tuesday morning’s practice. "If you see him, let me know because I was wondering where he was at, too. I don’t know where he was at. Missing in action."
Camp was closed to the public again this morning, but the media went wild talking about appearances made by former Ohio State Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, former Browns defensive coordinator Dave Adolph, and members of the Cleveland Cavaliers' front office.
The Browns currently have the 7th highest amount of salary cap space at $23.95 million. What has changed since the last time the salary cap figures were released? Well, the lockout ended, which allowed the team to sign their draft picks (such as Phil Taylor).
Each year, PredictionMachine.com plays the 2011 NFL Season 50,000 times before it is actually played (exactly how they do that is beyond me, but whatever). I remember seeing these in the past, and it's always fun to see what they come up with. How did the Cleveland Browns fare in their results?