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Cody Kessler’s time in Cleveland prepared him for a second chance in Jacksonville

The Jaguars’ quarterbacks room has changed since last season. Blake Bortles remains, but Chad Henne is gone. Cody Kessler and rookie Tanner Lee now back up Bortles. The Browns traded Kessler to the Jaguars on March 28, and while ready for the move, Kessler believes his time in Cleveland will help him in Jacksonville. “The [more]

Browns continue front office shakeup

New Browns General Manager John Dorsey brought in plenty of his own guys already. Now that the draft is over, the changes are continuing in his personnel department. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are letting go a pair of long-time personnel staffers who had survived multiple regime changes there, [more]

Who are the NFL’s best receivers?

We’re always looking for ideas for the patent-pending PFT Live draft. On Wednesday, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry handed us one. He said he’s the best receiver in the NFL. Many disagreed. So Simms and I decided to settle it by making the question the subject of Thursday’s three-round draft. I won the toss and deferred. [more]

John Dorsey on Nick Foles report: We’re excited about Tyrod Taylor

A report this week indicated that the Browns took a run at trading for Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles this offseason, but found themselves looking elsewhere for a quarterback when the Eagles passed on the deal after running it by Foles. Browns General Manager John Dorsey was asked about that report on Wednesday and [more]

Jamar Taylor early favorite to start at cornerback for Cardinals

It’s been just a few days since Jamar Taylor joined the Arizona Cardinals, but he’s already being viewed as the favorite to start at cornerback with his new team opposite stalwart Patrick Peterson. Taylor was acquired from the Cleveland Browns last Friday in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. He started 29 games at cornerback [more]

Jarvis Landry considers himself “the best receiver in the NFL”

Jarvis Landry has more catches than any other player in NFL history in his first four seasons. Yet, Landry ranked only 52nd in the NFL Network’s list of top-100 players. Landry considers himself better than that. In fact, he considers himself “the best.” “I consider myself the most complete receiver,” Landry said, via Mary Kay [more]

Baker Mayfield throws three interceptions in rough OTA

Bad things come in threes. Baker Mayfield, third on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton, threw three interceptions in Wednesday’s organized team activity, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Worse still, the Heisman Trophy winner nearly had two other passes picked off as the Hard Knocks cameras documented the [more]

Duke Johnson “very optimistic” about extension with Browns

Running back Duke Johnson has spent the last three seasons with the Browns and he’d like to extend his stay in Cleveland a while longer. Johnson is heading into the final year of the four-year deal he signed as a 2015 third-round pick and said on Wednesday, via Pat McManamon of ESPN.com, that he’s started [more]

Baker Mayfield working with the threes at Browns OTAs

Even though the Browns took Baker Mayfield first overall, he’s not working with the first team. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mayfield was the third quarterback in drills during Browns OTAs Wednesday, behind both Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton. That’s not surprising, in and of itself. As much as they [more]

Canton/Cleveland already jockeying for 2020 NFL Draft

The NFL just awarded its 2019 Draft to Nashville, and the jockeying for the next one has already begun. A joint bid between Cleveland and Canton, Ohio was considered this year, but the timing is probably better next season anyway. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is gearing up for a celebration of the 100th [more]

Doug Flutie says Johnny Manziel has a steep learning curve in Canada

The best-case scenario for Johnny Manziel in Canada would be to follow the lead of Doug Flutie, who like Manziel was a Heisman Trophy winner who played briefly in the NFL, ran out of options in the United States, then went to the Canadian Football League, played very well, and returned to the NFL as [more]

Report: Eagles turned down trade with Browns, who offered 35th pick for Nick Foles

The Browns wanted Nick Foles, offering the 35th overall pick to the Eagles for the Super Bowl LII MVP, Mike Silver of NFL Media reports. The Eagles presented the deal to Foles, who said he would prefer to remain in Philadelphia. That started the dominoes falling another way. The Eagles reworked Foles’ deal, giving him [more]

Browns sign Antonio Callaway, Chad Thomas

The Browns signed two more draft picks, getting defensive lineman Chad Thomas and receiver Antonio Callaway under contract Tuesday. Cleveland has signed six of its nine draft choices, previously getting offensive lineman Austin Corbett (second round), linebacker Genard Avery (fifth round), receiver Damion Ratley (sixth round) and defensive back Simeon Thomas (sixth round) under contract. [more]

Browns sign DeMarquis Gates

The Browns announced they signed linebacker DeMarquis Gates on Tuesday. Gates is an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi. He made 282 tackles, nine pass breakups, six sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 49 career games at Ole Miss. Gates led his team in tackles in three consecutive seasons (2015-17), making him the [more]

Tyrod Taylor: Baker Mayfield’s presence won’t change the way I work

The Browns have insisted since the draft that Tyrod Taylor is their starting quarterback and head coach Hue Jackson did so again on Monday during a pre-OTA golf outing. Regardless of how often the Browns make that statement, the presence of first overall pick Baker Mayfield means that people are wondering when a quarterback change [more]

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