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Saquon Barkley leads the way in rookie skill-position Madden 19 ratings

Rookies typically enter the league with relatively low Madden ratings. Of this year’s class, the second overall pick leads the way. Via, Giants running back Saquon Barkley received an 82 in the game, the highest rating for any first year player. (But check the update below.) Next comes Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Bears [more]

Browns linebacker has “different feel” about this year’s team

The Browns would like to give the city of Cleveland something to hang onto, now that LeBron James is gone. And for a change, they might be able to. Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey has spent the past four seasons in Cleveland, and said the sense of optimism there is different as he enters his fifth. [more]

Could Joel Bitonio be the Browns’ answer at left tackle?

As the Browns search for a left tackle to replace future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas, the best option could be hiding right next door. Left guard Joel Bitonio, a Pro Bowl alternate in 2017, took some snaps at left tackle during the offseason program, and the door vaguely seems to be open on more [more]

Browns ready to replace LeBron James as King of Cleveland

LeBron James is gone and forgotten in Cleveland. The King announced Sunday night he’s leaving the Cavaliers for a second time, this time joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent on a four-year, $154 million deal. (Art Modell only left Cleveland once.) The Browns hope to fill the void James leaves. “@KingJames if [more]

Gil Brandt: Sam Beal could be a third-round supplemental pick

Since Terrelle Pryor and Josh Gordon went in round three and round two, respectively, in the 2011 and 2012 supplemental drafts, respectively, only one player has been selected in the annual July selection process. This year, at least one of the players could go as high as Pryor or Gordon did. Gil Brandt of [more]

Joe Pendry will serve as Birmingham AAF G.M.

The eight AAF teams have locations and coaches, and the Birmingham installment now has a General Manager. He’s Joe Pendry, a former NFL offensive coordinator who most recently worked for Nick Saban at Alabama. Pendry, 70, will¬†emerge from retirement to run the Alabama-based team. A West Virginia native who started his coaching career in the [more]

Connor Shaw rebuffs Ball Coach reunion

Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier previously raved about the pro prospects of former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw during the Brian Hoyer/Johnny Manziel preseason in Cleveland. And Spurrier, now the head coach of the Orlando franchise of the Alliance of American Football, has shown that he wasn’t just puffing. Spurrier wants Shaw to join [more]

Hue Jackson expects “a huge jump” from David Njoku

Browns tight end David Njoku showed flashes of talent after Cleveland took him in the first round of last year’s draft, but his rookie numbers of 32 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns weren’t exactly earth-shattering. This year, Njoku should be better. That’s the word from Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who said he [more]

Baker Mayfield’s big year continues with engagement

Baker Mayfield has had a good run the past few months. He won the Heisman, led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, became the No. 1 overall draft choice and now has topped it off with his engagement. Mayfield, 23, asked girlfriend Emily Wilkinson to marry him. She said yes. Sort of. “What is that?” [more]

Kellen Winslow’s bail denied again, with strange justification

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow apparently won’t be walking out of jail anytime soon. Via in San Diego, the Winslow was denied bail at another hearing Thursday. He was arrested on burglary charges, but after bailing out on those, was arrested again on a warrant charging him with kidnapping and rape of older [more]

Only 17 draft picks are unsigned

The draft started two months ago tomorrow. And all but 17 of the draft picks have signed their rookie deals. Per a source with knowledge of and access to the full list of rookie contracts, the collection of remaining unsigned players includes 12 first-round picks, three second-round picks, one third-round pick, and one fifth-round pick. [more]

Browns want Myles Garrett to be mindful of “overworking”

When Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was on the field during his rookie season, he showed plenty of the reasons why Cleveland took him with the first overall pick in the 2017 draft. Due to an ankle injury, a concussion and the resulting recovery time from those issues, Garrett wasn’t on the field as much [more]

Johnny Manziel remains firmly planted on the bench in the CFL

Johnny Manziel’s Canadian Football League coach may think Manziel is good enough to play in the NFL, but Manziel remains a bench warmer in the CFL. Manziel’s team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, had its second game on Friday night, and for the second time Manziel did not get on the field. Given the way the starting [more]

Browns expect to ride the “hot hand” at running back this season

The Browns made a variety of moves at running back this offseason. They signed Carlos Hyde as a free agent and drafted Nick Chubb in the second round before signing Duke Johnson to a three-year contract extension this month, which answered the question of their plans for Johnson beyond the end of his rookie deal. [more]

Training camp reporting dates for all 32 teams

The end of offseason programs around the league last week have all 32 teams looking forward to training camp and the start of the push to the regular season. All 32 teams have now announced the reporting dates for training camp. Many teams will have their rookies report ahead of their veterans and all teams [more]

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