All summer long, coach Browns Hue Jackson's mantra has been: to play good football you have to practice it.
In keeping with that theme, he'll depart from the norm and play his starters Thursday in the fourth preseason game against the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium.
"We're going to play our guys,'' Jackson said. "I feel comfortable that we need to play our starters on both sides of the ball."
Jackson said how much the starters play is up in the air. Perhaps a good drive or two and they will exit, but Jackson added that they "need to play" to "get better as a football team."
Monday, August 29, 2016, 4:33pm
The moment he was released from Tampa Bay, Patrick Murray set his eyes on Cleveland.
A few months later, he stands alone as the team’s only kicker after a month-long competition with incumbent Travis Coons.
Coons’ release Monday, part of a slew of roster moves to get the roster down to 75 by Tuesday’s deadline, served as an end to the battle and a beginning to the second chapter of Murray’s NFL kicking career.
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 5:22pm
Shaw crumpled to the ground in pain after the lower portion of his left leg bent awkwardly while he moved to his right in the pocket.
Shaw's leg was immediately placed in an air cast, and he was lifted onto a cart and driven back to the locker room.
Bears coach John Fox called the injury "very serious" in his postgame remarks, and said Shaw was taken to the hospital.
“I see it all the time, every time he’s out there practicing with us,” Browns cornerback Joe Haden said. “He’s a special player that can just be able to turn it on and do his thing, and I’m super excited that he’s out there with us.”
Gordon was one of the Browns’ few bright spots Friday night during their 30-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third preseason game for both teams at Raymond James Stadium.
Gordon caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in his 2016 preseason debut and first game action since Dec. 21, 2014.
Gordon used a double move to become wide open on third-and-8 at the Browns’ 27-yard line during their first possession of the game. He caught a 44-yard pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III, his close friend and former teammate at Baylor University, to set up Patrick Murray’s 44-yard field goal with 8:04 left in the first quarter, the story said. Keep in mind defenses likely weren't scheming to stop Gordon or anyone else on the Browns in this contest, but it's nice to see Gordon was still able to make an impact. He's suspended for the first four games of the season, but it's looking like he'll be a big part of the Browns offense as long as he stays out of trouble. Gordon is currently 45th on our WR rankings but has an ADP a round or two higher than some around him in our rankings - which means owners are reaching to grab him earlier.
Terrelle Pryor and Josh Gordon lined up at wide receiver for the Browns on a steamy, muggy Florida morning. They have the ability and potential to turn one of pro football’s least productive units into one that can at least find the end zone without using Google maps. Rookie Corey Coleman will eventually make it a threesome.
“They provide us with some opportunities to do some things that we like to do,” Jackson told reporters after practice. “Pryor, (Gordon), Corey, Hawk (WR Andrew Hawkins), we have a lot of good guys, a lot of different pieces that we can use. Those guys are just part of it. We have some other guys and we just have to keep getting better.”
Pryor and Gordon split wide with Coleman in the slot could be on the field at the same time on Aug. 26 when the Browns and Buccaneers meet in a preseason game, the story said. They can’t be together in the regular season until Oct. 9 when the Browns host New England because Gordon is suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season. Pryor has been impressive this camp, making the transition from QB to WR, he seems to be overshadowing Coleman even. QB Robert Griffin III could benefit the most if this trio continues to shine once the regular season starts.
“He still looks the exact same and it’s just crazy,” Haden said, via Cleveland.com. “He looks a little bigger. I don’t know how that happened, but he’s still out there running around, looking the same, running his routes, floating. It still looks effortless.”
Monday, August 22, 2016, 8:49am
A few days after Obarski missed his only field-goal attempt against the Buffalo Bills, the Giants have decided to work out some kickers. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, former Saints, Browns and Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley is among those in the facility Monday.
"It's important for him to be with the ones," coach Hue Jackson said. "Because I think he's going to be one of our better players. So we got to put him out there and see what he's capable of doing."
Gordon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, so Jackson has a balancing act in terms of preparing Gordon for when he returns while giving practice time to those who will be available for the first month.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 2:10pm
The New England Patriots drafted Boyce in the fourth round in 2013. He has appeared in 10 games with three starts. Boyce, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, has compiled nine catches for 121 yards.
He spent most of this year with the Indianapolis Colts until they waived him Aug. 16.
Parks signed with the Browns on May 20 as an undrafted rookie. He's dealing with a knee injury.
So here's Packers RB Eddie Lacy after two games this exhibition season with similar numbers. In two games, Lacy's limited work resulted in 13 carries for 69 yards, a 5.3-yard average, and one touchdown. He played the first series last week against the Browns and gained 24 yards on four carries. He took only the first series Thursday against the Raiders and posted 45 yards on nine carries.
Lacy could get a longer stint in Friday's game at San Francisco, where quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects to play for the first -- and likely only -- time this preseason.
The story said, if the preseason is any indication -- and based on last year's results for Lacy alone, it often is not -- coach Mike McCarthy wants to establish the run with Lacy as his point man early on. But Lacy does look good after losing weight in the offseason. We have Lacy 12th in PPR league but think he has a chance to be a top-10 back they way things have been trending this offseason.
Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman practiced for the first time since Aug. 5 and participated in team drills. It’s a sign he may make his NFL preseason debut when the Browns host the Atlanta Falcons at 8 p.m. Thursday.
“We’ll see,” coach Hue Jackson said when asked if Coleman will play Thursday. “Today was another opportunity for him to get out there finally and catch balls, run around. We’ll see how he feels after today, and then we’ll determine that as we move forward.”
His status for the game will depend on how his left hamstring responds, the story said. The muscle kept the first-round draft pick sidelined for five practices.
Griffin ran into guard John Greco as he stepped into the throw, and tumbled to the ground. He hesitated for a moment to get up, but then shook it off the pain in his left knee and ran back to the huddle for the next play.
Whether or not he was still rattled, he fumbled the handoff to Isaiah Crowell on the second snap, but recovered the ball.
"My leg got stuck in the ground on the play I was throwing to TP, but I'm fine,'' Griffin said Monday. "Nothing is wrong with me and TP made a great play. That's all you really worry about. We got the completion, made a big play happen and that's what we're looking for – big plays out of our offense."
Griffin told ESPN's Bob Holtzman after the game that he wasn't sure at first if he was fine "and said the hit reminded him of the one that tore Carson Palmer's ACL'' in 2014. Any trauma to Griffin's knee, of course, sends shockwaves through the Browns, who are committed to him as their starter — and hope he can become their franchise quarterback. Fortunately for Griffin, it was his left knee, and the not the right, on which he's undergone two surgeries to repair the ACL and LCL, the story went on to say.
It will mark the talented but troubled receiver's first practice since he was reinstated from a one-year suspension on July 25. Gordon reported after the reinstatement with a quad injury, which sidelined him for two weeks.
Gordon missed the 2015 season for multiple violations of the NFL and NFL Players Association's substance-abuse policy. He will be suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season.
HC Hue Jackson said it was "to be determined" if Gordon would play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Gordon, who has yet to practice with the team because of a quad issue, took part in Sunday’s walkthrough and coach Hue Jackson deemed him “very close” to being given the green light to take the next step in his return to action. Jackson said that the team has worked to make sure that Gordon is fit enough to step right in when he’s cleared to practice and to set up a process that keeps him fit when he serves his four-game suspension to start the year.
One facet of Gordon’s condition that has improved is his weight. Jackson said he was overweight upon his return to the team from missing all of last year while suspended, but that “some of its come off already” and the coach is confident that Gordon will be where he needs to be before too long, the story continued to say. Of course, Gordon will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension, but we still have him ranked 46th on our WR list with a 10th round ADP.
Now, he has to hope that a left hand injury suffered during that 17-11 loss doesn't prevent him from building on that game Thursday night at home against the Falcons.
Pryor, the starting Z receiver, suffered the injury on the first drive in Green Bay, presumably when he banged it on a helmet while blocking downfield.
X-rays after the game were negative, but he had a bruise between the thumb and index finger. HC Hue Jackson said he thinks Pryor will be fine, but he may have to wear a wrap at practice. Pryor has crept into the Browns WR picture with a solid offseason and camp. He's ranked 88th but doesn't have an ADP.
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