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Cleveland makes roster move Monday after Jets game

The Cleveland Browns have signed OL Andrew Wylie to the practice squad. To make room on the roster, the team released OL Travis Averill from the practice squad.

Wylie is 6-5, 310 pounds and in his rookie NFL season. Originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent, he spent all of the preseason with the Colts and was waived during final roster cuts. Wylie was then added to the Colts’ practice squad, which he was a member of for the first three weeks this season before being released on Sept. 26.

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QB Kevin Hogan has completed 68.4 percent of his passes this season and looks poised to take over the starting job. Jason Miller/Getty Images

BEREA, Ohio — Hue Jackson will take another day or two before announcing his starting quarterback for Sunday’s Cleveland Browns game at Houston.

Which is all well and good, except that the Browns head coach more or less made the decision in last Sunday’s loss to the Jets. When Jackson pulled DeShone Kizer at halftime of the Jets game after talking the QB up since training camp, he made it next to impossible to go back to Kizer immediately. Everything Jackson said Monday also pointed to Kevin Hogan taking over under center.

“My decision is what is best for the team. What is best for our team to put us in position to win?” Jackson said. “Also, what is best for DeShone? It’s not just for the team, but what is best for him just so that he can feel like, ‘OK, I am moving further along in this process, and I’m understanding what I need to do to be better.’ All of that will go into my decision-making.”

Jackson’s move 4½ games into the rookie’s career shows that the coach’s confidence is not where it needs to be. Kizer has to feel it, the team has to see it. Going back to him right away might only further jumble Kizer’s mind.

Hogan played far better than Kizer on Sunday, going 16-for-19 and leading the offense to 14 second-half points. His year of experience in the offense shows in his quick decision-making and ability to get rid of the ball.

He has taken advantage of his opportunities from preseason through Sunday, completing 26 of 38 passes (68.4 percent) for 377 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, a rating of 104.8.

Based on that alone, Hogan should get the start. Hogan has to prove he can sustain this kind of production.

Kizer’s numbers do not make a compelling case. He might be at the point in his young career when taking a step back and observing might help him learn and get refreshed.

Heading into Monday night’s game, he ranked last in the league in completion percentage, yards per attempt and rating among qualifying quarterbacks. He ranks first in interceptions. He sits last in the league in Total QBR, while the rookie the Browns passed on drafting in the first round — Deshaun Watson — ranks first.

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The Arizona Cardinals offensive line is currently a mess, but there’s an array of available players who could provide help

Things have gone from bad to worse for the offensive line of the Arizona Cardinals. For the fans who feel that the group’s performance against the Dallas Cowboys was putrid, you should probably brace yourselves. If ever the club needed head coach Bruce Arians’ “next man up” mantra to ring true, it’s now.

Starting left guard Mike Iupati’s proclamation that he’s “100% sure” that he’ll play this weekend has turned out to be hogwash. A bone spur in the veteran’s elbow is cutting a tendon, and will most likely require surgery. An operation that could effectively end Iupati’s season, and possibly his career with the Cardinals as well.

The latest news on left tackle D.J. Humphries ailing knee has caused uncertainty. Just a couple of days ago, it looked as if the franchise’s 2015 first-round draft pick would return this Sunday. But when asked about it at the end of the week, Arians could only answer “we’ll see”.

Add in the injury to the recently-signed Alex Boone, and the Cards’ blocking unit has the makings of a disaster. There’s a strong possibility that the left side of the line will feature journeyman John Wetzel and rookie Will Holden versus the San Francisco 49ers. Certainly not an ideal scenario for quarterback Carson Palmer’s health or the squad’s running game.

While it’s too late to do anything about it for the Niners matchup, there’s help available for the final three quarters of the 2017 campaign. Time for general manager Steve Keim and his cronies to get to work.

Former Cardinal Earl Watford is available after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His knowledge of Arizona’s offense and versatility make him attractive. The exact same thing can be said of Cole Toner, a former Card who was just cut from the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad.

Former New York Jet Nick Mangold is an intriguing name who’s still looking for work. He’s made the Pro Bowl seven times as a center, but there was offseason talk that he can also play guard. The same goes for 2016 Pro Bowler Jeremy Zuttah, an available free agent who can also play both center and guard.

John Greco, a veteran of 70 starts who played for the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns, also remains jobless. There are also two possible call-ups currently on Arizona’s practice squad. Dorian Johnson, this year’s fourth-round pick, and Vinston Painter, a former Denver Broncos’ draft selection, are the candidates.

All of the players mentioned in this article could provide help. Keim needs to attack this brutal situation aggressively. Before the losses pile up and there’s no point in righting the ship.

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The Cleveland Browns remain winless, but that hasn’t stopped our staff and a few readers from continuing to do well in picking other NFL games.

Week 4 is in the books, and I’m here to update everyone on the most thrilling football-related competition in Cleveland to date.

Like last week, there were some upsets that everyone thought would win, and some teams that everyone thought would lose that pulled out a victory. Once again, the Cleveland Browns failed those who believed in them, and I don’t expect them to win any time soon.

Here’s a standings update after Week 4:

  1. Brandon Onda 43 points (10)
  2. Steven Kubitza 41 points (9)
  3. Thomas Moore 41 points (10)
  4. Roger Cohen 39 points (7)
  5. Andrew Seibt 38 points (9)
  6. Joel Cade 37 points (9)
  7. Josh Dentler 37 points (9)
  8. Derek Bryner 34 points (8)
  9. Jonathan Goehring 26 points (8)
  10. Clayton Braham 24 points (0)
  11. Matt Stevenson 23 points (9)

Weekly Leader: Brandon Onda, 10 correct picks

This Brandon Onda guy sure knows how to pick em! For two weeks in a row, Brandon has led the pool with the most correct picks.

It’s a good thing he picked 42 points for the Monday Night Football game, as Tom matched his weekly total but just missed the tiebreaker by a mere four points. From the viewpoint of someone trying to get to the top of the standings, I must say that you two need to just make a few less right picks each week to let guys like Joel, Roger and myself get a shot at the lead.

Congratulations on the highest total this week, gentlemen.

Negative Groupthink

In the Dawg Pound Daily Podcast, I chose the Atlanta Falcons over the Buffalo Bills as my lock pick. Funny thing about it, is that everyone else in the pool was on the same wavelength as we all chose Atlanta to win. As it turns out, the Bills are not tanking, and seem to do something the Browns cannot, and that is win football games.

The other big domino to fall this week was the New England Patriots losing to the Carolina Panthers in Foxborough of all places. One would figure that since the Saints beat the Panthers and the Patriots blasted the Saints that this was a no-brainer and it certainly proved otherwise.

Positive Groupthink

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Maria Schneider was honored as the First and Ten Coin Toss Captain at the Browns vs. Bengals game.

The opportunity to join the team captains on the field for the official coin toss moment was presented to her for the unwavering commitment to her school, students and community.

During the month of January, Schneider began to serve as the Play60 advisor at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School. As such, she helps several students earn their way to National Fuel Up to Play Leadership Summit each year.

Through Fuel Up to Play60 they create wellness initiatives and involvement for students that’s free. She helps the kids gain leadership skills and allows them to give back to their school community.

She collaborated with the STEM program to build a bike that creates energy and produces electricity to make smoothies—a healthy morning treat for kids to start their day off right.

She believes that the reward of feeling like you made a difference, and paying it forward is all it takes for her to keep going and helping others.

Schneider started volunteering in the 8th grade with the Special Olympics and at her parents’ gymnastic school assisting kids with special needs.

Years later she’s led the Brecksville-Broadview Heights high school gymnastic team to 17 state championship titles of as the assistant gymnastics coach.

Her leadership and passion for youth has garnered undeniable respect and support from the school district, administrators and students.

One cause that is near and dear to her heart is pediatric cancer. She was so moved to make a difference she started a program to raise funds for children undergoing treatment.

Nine years ago she began a program that gave students the opportunity to pay it forward. Through Flashes of Hope, she led school in helping pay it forward for Pediatric Cancer research through the Kick It program. She has spearheaded and raised over $250K.

“There’s always time,” Schneider said.

“What’s important to you?”

“What do you find value in?

These are questions that she poses to her students and to other teachers alike.

She was inspired by a little girl at her school who was undergoing treatment at University Hospitals, but when she saw what Mrs. Schneider was doing for Kick It, she wanted to pay it forward to deliver FatHeads to every kid on her floor to make sure that they felt at home and could have what every other kid had in their room.

“If you can find something, it doesn’t have to be pediatric cancer, but anything that you help raise money or awareness for, that’s a start,” Schneider said.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Heading into a week 4 match-up against the cross state rival Cincinnati Bengals, players with the Cleveland Browns say they still have no plan for what they intend to do when the national anthem is played.

One week after the team stood on the sidelines linking arms with members of the city’s safety forces, many of the Browns players took a knee during the anthem before their week 3 game in Indianapolis.

On Friday, players were not ruling out that they might do it again.

“We want to unify Cleveland and just send unity around the whole us; still trying to figure it out because we have to focus on the game on Sunday. We are trying to come up with something right now, but the main thing is to make sure we are sending the same message,” said Browns cornerback Jamar Taylor.

Browns linebacker James Burgess was among those who chose to kneel. It is clear he understands how the demonstration has polarized fans. He defends the intended message.

“Our message is being corrupted; it’s not anti-military, U.S. Army, anything. We are protesting strictly social inequality, social injustice, but they keep trying to make it seem as though we are against the military,” Burgess told FOX 8 News on Friday.

Republican Congressman Jim Renacci on Friday announced that he is pulling a $20,000 ad that he intended to air during the Browns/Bengals game.

In a statement, Renacci said, in part. “While the first amendment clearly affords NFL players and officials the freedom to engage in this appalling behavior, having the right to do something does not mean it’s the right thing to do.”

Browns cornerback Jason McCorty attended a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the week to talk about what direction the demonstrations should take.
He had no reaction on Friday to Renacci’s statement.

“I don’t need to hear his quote. I got the gist of what you are saying, but I don’t know what you want my response to be to that, so, I have no response to it — no disrespect,” McCourty told FOX 8.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Browns scribbles as I try to make a prediction for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals:

1. I thought I’d feel better about the Browns 31-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts after a few days. Wrong. Instead, I feel worse.

2. I thought, “The Browns were so bad in that game. They were behind 28-7 late in the second quarter. They dropped passes. They committed stupid penalties. The defense checked out in the first half. It was an embarrassment. But they made the game close… So maybe there is hope for this week.”

3. Here’s one problem. The Browns picked Emmanuel Ogbah in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He showed some promise as a rookie pass rusher. But this season, he has been seemingly invisible. He has one sack, seven tackles.

4. Another problem is Carl Nassib. He was a third-round pick in 2016. Also a defensive end, his stats this season are the same as Ogbah’s — one sack, seven tackles. Nassib and Ogbah have not given the Browns much in the way of a pass rush. Maybe that will improve when Myles Garrett returns, but I wonder. I expected more from both of the second-year defensive ends.

5. No word yet on if Garrett (high ankle sprain) will play Sunday against the Bengals. I have doubts. Rushing him back is not wise.

6. The Browns defense has improved against the running game. They are allowing 3.1 yards per carry. That’s fifth best in the NFL. But they have allowed four rushing TDs, most in the NFL. Three were last week in Indianapolis, including two by quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Why was the Browns defense seemingly confused by Brissett running near the goal line? That is one of Brissett’s strengths.

7. I hear Danny Shelton has been grading well with the coaches against the run. The Colts averaged only 2.6 yards per carry… 92 yards rushing in 36 attempts. The middle of the Browns defensive line has been pretty solid. So has linebacker Joe Schobert and strong safety Derrick Kindred when facing the run. Shelton’s status for Sunday is in question as he’s has been limited in practice with a calf injury.

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The Cleveland Browns fell to 0-3 this past weekend, but wins were picked up by our staff in Week 3 of the Dawg Pound Daily pick ’em pool.

Here we are again. Week 3 in the NFL certainly brought change to the pick percentage this week, as the typical “pick whoever is playing against the Bills, Jets, Colts and Bears” strategy supremely backfired. You can partially blame the Cleveland Browns for that.

Before we dive into the picks that were made, here’s a look at the current standings:

  1. Brandon Onda 33 points
  2. Roger Cohen 32 points
  3. Steven Kubitza 32 points
  4. Thomas Moore 31 points
  5. Andrew Seibt 29 points
  6. Joel Cade 28 points
  7. Joshua Dentler 28 points
  8. Derek Bryner 26 points
  9. Clayton Braham 24 points
  10. Johnathan Goehring 18 points
  11. Matt Stevenson 14 points
  12. Shane Carter 11 points

Weekly Leader: Brandon Onda, 9 correct picks

Mr. Onda, what a week for you! Brandon started the week off right with choosing the Rams over the 49ers which turned out to be quite a game, and was one of only two people to choose Buffalo over Denver. And wouldn’t you know it, he even guessed the Monday Night Football score correctly. Congrats on your good week, Brandon!

Negative Groupthink

There were some heavy favorites this week, but not all of them turned out the way you would expect given the previous track records of the teams involved. Everyone who made selections chose Tampa Bay over Minnesota, Pittsburgh over Chicago, Miami over the Jets, and Carolina over New Orleans.

Using that knowledge, it is safe to say that groupthink tends to lead to bad outcomes. It also begs the question with T.Y. Hilton crippling the Browns that maybe our very own Cleveland Browns are the team that everyone will pick against as a lock until they prove us otherwise.

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BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns found themselves in a 21-point hole in the second quarter of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon, and despite mounting a furious late-game comeback, they still suffered a 31-28 road loss.

In order to avoid having to make such a comeback, rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer says the change in culture within the team is “a mindset” for the players on the field.

“It’s 100 percent a mentality walking into the game understanding that the game plan that you have is exactly what is needed to beat that team, and in order to execute that game plan, it’s going to take all of us to buy into it and do our job correctly,” Kizer said.

Despite being responsible for three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, against the Colts, Kizer shouldered the blame because he tossed three interceptions in a losing effort.

Plagued by dropped passes from his wide receivers and tight ends, Kizer completed only 22 of his 47 attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but committed three turnovers, throwing two interceptions to Colts defensive back Rashaan Melvin and a third that spoiled the comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter.

“You’ve just got to continue to work on your craft,” Kizer said. “This is a game where you’ve got to always be getting better because as soon as you’re not upping your game, you’re getting worse.

“I think it’s my job to make sure that each day in practice that I’m out there working my butt off to become a more accurate passer, I work my butt off to run the ball a little better and have better timing with the guys who are out there with me.”

Although Kizer threw the three interceptions, he was responsible for bringing the Browns back into a competitive situation against the Colts.

The Browns put together a scoring drive and cut the Colts’ lead down to two scores, 28-14, when Kizer completed a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Njoku with 24 seconds to play in the first half.

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CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

With starter Cameron Marshall working his way through a knee injury and Keinan LaFrance struggling to a 48.6 yards-per-game average over his three starts, the Roughriders reached an agreement with Richardson, who was on the team’s Negotiation List since August.

The Roughriders (6-6) are currently in fourth place in the five-team West Division of the CFL. Currently, the Roughriders, who are 5-2 over their last seven games, are in the crossover (wildcard) spot for the playoffs and have six games remaining in the regular season.

Originally, the holdup of an agreement in the summer was the fact that Richardson wanted just a one-year deal, figuring he would prove himself in the CFL and then, earn his way back into the National Football League.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama, Richardson had a promising rookie season for the Browns, rushing for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 267 carries and turning 51 receptions into 367 yards and one score.

Richardson set franchise rookie records for rushing yards (950), total offensive yards (1,317) rushing touchdowns (11) and points scored (72). Additionally, Richardson matched the rookie record for 100-yard rushing games (three), which was set by William Green in the 2002 season.

During the 2012 season, Richardson finished in the top five among all NFL rookies in scoring, receptions, rushing yards, scrimmage yards and first downs.

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