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Browns Announce Five Captains For 2016 Season

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The Browns announced who their five captains will be on Wednesday. They decided to go with Robert Griffin III, Demario Davis, Joe Thomas, Tank Carder and Joe Haden.

The 2016 season looks like it is going to be a fantastic once for the Browns. Joe Thomas is the chosen left tackle, and Joe Haden is the chosen cornerback. Demario Davis is going to be the quarter back, and Griffin will be a linebacker. Tank Carder is going to be the special teams standout. The Browns seem to have a mix of champions going on.

The Browns will have these captains for an entire season. This is the first time in Browns history that they have done that.

The head coach, Hugh Jackson, said that he was excited about having these gentlemen chosen as the five captains. He said that he knows they will change the culture, and he looks forward to it. Jackson also looks forward to changing the team’s fortune.

Griffin is going to have an amazing time, as he has not started since 2014. He is coming from spending our wonderful seasons with the Redskins.

Griffin said that he was proud that the coach and players trusted him enough to put the Cleveland letters on his jersey.

Haden has had seven glorious seasons with the Browns. He says that he is extremely excited about being a captain. It’s an important role to him that he cherishes and wants to continue to grow and lead the team by example.

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An Unforgettable Night For Robert Griffin III As Browns Lose, Fantasy Value Set To Peak

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Robert Griffin III was at his stellar best in the second week of preseason matches. Now, let’s take a peak into what this means for the fantasy league.

The quarterback for Cleveland Browns gave a plausible performance despite them losing 24-13 to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday evening. What better way to extend his recent form than to score two touchdowns, and complete 6 out of 8 passes from 96 yards out. Three scrambles rushed for 36 yards without a single turnover was a considerable improvement from the first preseason week. At the beginning of the first quarter he proved why he is one of the highlights of the forthcoming season by throwing a flighted deep ball to get Terrelle Pryor for a 50-yard touchdown. Almost soon after he topped that off with an elegantly executed touchdown throw for Gary Barnidge from 29-yards.

Hue Jackson –the Brown’s coach- has shown immense dedication towards RGIII, and it paid off two-fold as the team morale was boosted. On the flipside, seeing flashbacks of the prominent rookie RGII once was reminded the team of how his new-found form could propel their prospects for the upcoming season. But RGII Achilles Heel is of course, inconsistency. So expect him to be quarterback option 2 at present.

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Cleveland Browns Starter Robert Griffin III

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Robert Griffin III has recently been named the new starter for the Cleveland Browns, and now comes the time to prove himself on the playing field. Griffin has been the top choice for starting quarterback for a while, and it has simply been a matter of whether the team’s head coach would choose to make this decision.

Hue Jackson, the coach, announced on Monday that Griffin was the second pick for starter, and now he’s become the 25th different quarterback for Cleveland’s team since 1999. Griffin has previously been named the Washington Redskins’ rookie of the year on the offensive side. In the wake of him being named starting quarterback, questions and some doubts have come up about whether he’ll be able to recapture the glory of his earlier years as a rookie player for the Redskins.

Time will tell if this decision to name Griffin as quarterback will be a positive one, since the team has seen several downturns in recent years. Coach Jackson has released a written statement that Griffin has earned the right to be named to this team position, and he will be more than willing to perform every action needed to fulfill this role. Griffin has gained the respect of his teammates and of the coaching staff through this entire process, and all are confident he has good chances of success in upcoming NFL seasons. Probably the best indicator of Griffin’s success will be his willingness to trust in the coaching decisions of Coach Jackson.

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Determined Quarterback Joe Licata

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Joe Licata just received a huge opportunity by being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals. Licata has been noted by the ESPN television network to be one of the top eighty best prospective quarterbacks in the nation. He started off as a determined quarterback, that many didn’t think would make it into the draft at all, but Licata was strong in the belief that he was capable of excelling, and now he has his place on a team.

As a sophomore in college, this now known football player had to go through hip surgery during his time playing at the University of Buffalo. When the season came, Licata was determined to play, whether people thought he could or not. He played his season well, set records for the Bulls, and is as healthy as can be.

Licata has always wanted to remain home, where he went to college, and play with the Buffalo Bills. When he was not accepted, he was warmly welcomed by Cincinnati. Many disagree with the decision made by the Bills, but Licata is doing well right where he is. His strengths, such as his ability to anticipate, his consistent accuracy, and his intelligence and knowledge of the sport will keep him as a well-known and successful quarterback in the league. Joe Licata’s determination to be the best he can, and to never give up despite adversity will fare him well in the game, now, and in the future of his career.

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2016 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Welcomes Orlando Pace

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Orlando Pace has been named 2016’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class. He certainly deserves it after his prolific 13-year NFL career for the St. Louis Rams. On top of that, he’s a form Heisman Trophy finalist and one of Ohio State Buckeyes’ greatest players. This should have happened this year, but better late than never. The induction takes place in Canton, two hours away from Columbus. He will join some other great names of 2016, including Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Dick Stanfel, Brett Favre, Ken Stabler, Marvin Harrison and Eddie DeBartolo.

Due to his amazing college career at Ohio State, there were high expectations from the start of Pace’s pro football career. One of the things he became known for at college was the stat ‘pancake’. Being part of the first overall selection in the NFL Draft of 1997, he took the Rams all the way to Super Bowl XXXIV and made sure they won.

Before he retired, he finished with another Super Bowl win and then moved onto the Chicago Bears.

His career has finally seen the end that it always deserved. His name will go into football history and he is now immortal thanks to this induction into the Hall of Fame.

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What’s wrong with the Eagles?

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In short, there is a lot wrong with the Eagles.
The offense is the biggest issue. They have not been able to convert 3rd downs. In game 1 they were 3 for 12 and just 2 of 11 at home against Dallas. Without converting 3rddown, the Chip Kelly speed up offense wears down the Eagle D not the opponent.
A big reason that the running game is not working. It was a bad idea to bring in RB DeMarco Murray. He had almost 500 touches last year in Dallas. Running backs that have had 400+ touches have not done well the following year. But an even bigger issues is the running system. Kelly wants to pull 2 O linemen for runs at the edge. That works in college but in the NFL the D linemen are way too fast and experienced. The Eagle runners are caught in the backfield way too often by a D linemen or linebacker that shoots through the whole left by the pulling blockers.
The passing game depends a lot on play action. But with Murray having gained 11 yards in 21 carries, no linebacker or safety is going to be affected by play action. There are also concerns about QB Sam Bradford fitting the Kelly system. While I believe that the injury last year was due to the Rams bringing him back too soon, Bradford has a nasty history of injury. He is not a running threat and has shown some bad decision making so far in the Kelly system.
Kelly is stubborn. He is not going to change his system. As a result Santa may not be the only one that Eagle fans boo.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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