Jayden Ballard Wide Receiver from Massillon Ohio

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Standing at an impressive 6″2 and weighing in at 175ibs, Massillon, Ohio based wide receiver Jayden Ballard is an exciting prospect and the latest in a line of great recruits for the Ohio Buckeyes. Highly regarded as a future NFL prospect, Ballard attended high school in Washington before signing onto the OSU 2021 recruiting class.

Jayden Ballard

What Makes Jayden Ballard a Great Prospect

Jayden Ballard is impressive in stature and through the Ohio fitness program, will undoubtedly look to bulk up, increasing his physical presence. Interestingly, he is something of an all rounder with an impressive athletic history, including playing Basketball but it is Football that he really excels at. Ballard has the potential to make it as the number one choice receiver for the college football team due to his very natural passing ability, impressive ball tracking, respectable speed and deep ball threat. Ballard was a huge standout performed in his respective classes in 2019 and 2020 making him a key target for the OSU recruitment class. The wide receiver was very impressive during the Opening showcasing his impressive skills and riveting potential. Still just a Sophomore, the receiver is boosted by his youth, his talent having caught stares since his breakout year in 2018. Away from the field, Ballard has been praised for his exceptional athleticism and is highly regarded as a very intelligent, polite student with a great academic future as well as that of his budding football potential. He is very popular amongst teammates and has built a fantastic reputation for his outstanding work ethic.

Ballard Had 20 Scholarship Offers

Ohio Buckeyes had to fend off over twenty other offers for Jayden Ballard to secure his services, testament to the fantastic future many believe he will have. The four star rated talent currently ranks as the 125th best prospect in the country, as well as the fifth best player currently in the state of Ohio. Unsurprisingly Ballard received offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Washington State, Maryland, Boston College and Pittsburgh. However it was Ohio Buckeyes that drew in the rare physical talent. It was his visit to Ohio on 21st June that was enough to convince him of its draw and he committed there are then, publicly declaring his commitment to the Buckeyes. Despite several alternative offers, Ohio always stood a great chance with Jayden Ballard due to a history of playing in the state. The connection has always been there and that in itself undoubtedly boosted the teams chances of his capture.

Jayden Ballard Ultimate Highlights // 2021 4⭐️ Massillon WR // Ohio State Commit

Ohio States 2021 Class

In regards to what his recruitment means for the OSU recruiting class of 2021, his press speaks for itself. It is widely believed that Ballard will be something of a special capture for the team with the potential to really make a difference. He offers great promise and is the kind of received the Buckeyes were really searching for to feed off their impressive quarterback Kyle McCord. Moving forward, Ballard is undoubtedly one of the most exciting captures so far for the Ohio State recruiting class of 2021. There is much excitement surrounding the potential that he has and having already made quite the name for himself, it is easy to understand why.

Josh Fryar Improves Ohio State’s 2020 Line

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Independence day was one to remember for Ohio State Buckeyes this year as they secure their second recruitment of the day. Standing at a towering six foot five and a half, Josh Fryar serves a very talented, up and coming offensive center for Ohio State Buckeyes. A formidable talented, the college football recruit is flexible, full of raw talent and by all accounts: a blank canvas. His solid build and height makes him a shoe in for almost any position up front. The 18th member of Ohio State‘s 2020 class, the team fought off stiff competition from Indiana, Florida State, Washington and Penn State to snap up the versatile player. However it was the unwavering interest of Ohio and his own gut feeling that convinced Josh Fryar that it was the place for him. Rated currently as the no.8 guard in the entire 2020 class, Josh Fryar has the stature and potential to prove a real capture for the Buckeyes. While there is little doubt there is plenty for the 300 pound player to work on such as conditioning and strength, he is a man who will be ready to play in no time at all.

Josh Fryar

National Ranking

With an ESPN rating of three stars in his current state, Josh Fryar was an appealing option for many teams. Ranked 3rd in state and 55th regionally, he was a big name for 2020 recruitment and so this is a player that Ohio State will have been incredibly satisfied to secure the services of.

Official Visits

After official visits to Indiana, Penn State and Oregon, Ohio looked like an outside bet for the player however the second day of his visit there was enough to convince him that it was the destination for him. With the promise of great education and a real prospect at NFL football, Josh Fryar found himself enticed by the prestigious establishment. With a really keen eye for broadcasting, education is just as important to the player and with the promise of an education that could really give him a boost into the industry, it was a no-brainer for the talented player. With formal offers received from Indiana, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Oregon, Penn State and Purdue, Fryar certainly wasn’t short of interest, testament to the importance of this capture for Ohio State, the place which Fryar himself admits to have fallen in love with.

Ohio State’s 2020 Class

Defense is the name of the game for the Buckeyes who have worked hard to recruit a number of very talented players including five defensive recruits for the OSU 2020 recruiting class. Alongside Josh Fryar, they look set to be a highly competitive side as they seek to replicate previous successes and aim for Championship victory – something that is certainly not out of the question.

Josh Fryar Ultimate Highlights // 2020 4-star OC // Ohio State Target // Beech Grove HS

With players such as Beech Grove bred Josh Fryar, times are exciting for fans of the team as they look to show that recruiting raw talent, such as Fryar, the second highest rated recruit from his state will give them the competitive edge, a move that has been approved by fans and critics alike.

Tyvis Powell Heading To The Browns

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Tyvis Powell Senior Bowl

Tyvis Powell is a second year player from the Ohio State Buckeyes now in the NFL, but he will be heading back to his home state, Cleveland to play for the Browns. Powell, an undrafted free agent, was waived by the Seattle Seahawks just prior to the postseason. However, being without a team was temporary because shortly after, Powell who is from Bedford, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns off waivers.

The NFL draft of 2016 had some great moments; however, Powell who is a fan favorite of Ohio State sat and waited for his name to be called as each round went by. Powell who plays safety, did not show any remorse and regrouped. He took calls from other teams in the league.

Tyvis Powell then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the Legion of Boom. In 2016, he did not get much time on the field, but as a Buckeye he was able to get some snaps on special teams. Powell played in eight games in which he gathered three special team tackles, despite being on the active roster for the season.

The Buckeye‘s fans will miss Powell who is heading to Seattle, which is his home state. He hopes to get a spot on this 53-person team.  September is a while away but Powell needs to get through the mini-camps and OTAs before he is considered for a spot on the final roster.

Cleveland Browns Terrelle Pryor Can Do It All

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Terrelle Pryor began his college football career at Ohio State as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes.  It makes sense that he now finds himself in Cleveland with the Browns.  He recently showed his skills in receiving, rushing, and passing against the Miami Dolphins team. This player can do it all! And the Browns need him to do it all until they have a solid option at quarterback.

Pryor Switches to Wide Receiver

He boldly switched positions only a year ago to keep his NFL career going.  This receiver is a valuable player because he recently gained 21 yards rushing, 144 yards receiving, and 35 yards passing.  He is the first player since Billy Kilmer in 1964 to catch three passes, throw three passes and carry three times.  This is an impressive feat for any player.

Terrelle Pryor is a valuable asset to the floundering Cleveland Browns (0-3).  Since he is over six feet tall and can run at lightning speed, he adds depth to the team.  The Browns are currently starting their third string quarterback and it is entirely possible that Pryor may be passing even more in the upcoming games.

Hue Jackson is the head coach for the Browns and has created several packages to better utilize the unique skill-set that Pryor brings to the table.  It will be interesting to see what number 11 will accomplish next.  His teammates love his positive attitude and he is also a fan favorite in Ohio.

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.

Browns Redskins live game notes

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Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden (Photo credit: Erik Daniel Drost)

Browns Redskins live game notes

3 and out for the Skins is a good start for the D.

TRich showed his vision on the 14 yard run.

Weeden missed the wide open Gordon.  You can not do that

3rd and long again stops a drive.  The team has WAY too many of those.  Part of the issue is lack of getting yardage running because they don’t get to the 2nd level to open holes.

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Haden breaks up the 1st down pass

Skins have a blocking issue as well.  They didn’t block the back side and were trapped by Taylor.

Rookie QB mistake caused the pick.  Can’t throw into double coverage.  Tipped by Brown and picked by Ward.

One play drive for the TD.  Great push by TRich for the TD.

=CL 7 WA 0 8:41 1st

Cousins is not even looking down field.  He is just throwing to the checkdown guy.

Great coverage and good pass rush and Sheard gets the sack.

1st down penalty not good.

Good job by Weeden to get the pass off accurately with a guy hanging on him.

Again a short pass on 3rd and long results in a punt.  The 3rd down playcalls have been a big issue.

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Taylor locks down the run again.  Great play.

Long pass irritates the Skins bench.  But the ball was uncatchable.

Good coverage on the checkdown and the Skins are 3 and out.

Even TRich’s great vision can’t help because there was no blocking.

Fletcher smells out the swing pass.

MoMass open and Weeden misses him badly.  This again just can not happen.

Bad punt gives the Skins great field position.

Great throw by Cousins to Hankerson results in a TD Wash.

Young blew coverage.  He was not deep enough and let the pass go behind him.  WE NEED A NEW FS.

– WA 7 CL 7

No team can drive facing 3rd and long every series.  The Browns have 3rd and 8+ almost every series.

End of the 1st Q

Another bad punt from Hodges.  37 yards.

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Ward does not wrap up and missed a tackle on the RB

Cousins  rifles a ball to a 1st down.  He is getting less nervous each play.

On 4th and 1 the Skins go for an off side by the Browns but it fails.

After the TO the Skins were going to throw but the penalty made them punt.

Weeden has not been accurate up to now in this game.  He has to get yardage on 1st and 2nd down.

Weeden missed Gordon again throwing behind him.

Former Buckeye Worthington knocks down the 2nd down pass.  3rd and long again.

Good effort by MoMass but the pass is only 4 yards and his effort is short of the LTG.

Good punt by Hodges 51 yards.

This game is going Skins direction.  The Browns have looked awful on O.

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Cousins gets 17 yards and a 1st on a roll out.  If Griffin was in the game the score would be 21-0.

The Browns D leave the Skins best WR Garcon WIDE open.  He catches the ball but the Ref says it hit the ground at the 31.  The challenge was denied.

Royster runs a wheel route and the Skins convert on a 3rd and 9.

Cousins throws off target due to him falling down.  The pressure was not a factor.

44 yard FG

-Wa 10 CL 7 5:46 left

The Browns get an off side and only face a 1st and 5.  But the pass was behind Gordon.

TRich faces a team picture of the D and loses 2.  The O line HAS to get blocks.

Weeden is not seeing the field well.

Gordon is hit by Alexander and the LB is the loser in the contact.  Gordon’s effort gets the 1st

Good crossing pattern gets the Browns 2nd and reasonable.

Little was WIDE open and gets the ball.

Good run by Cribbs on the Wild Cat.

2 minute warning.

The Browns need to get 7 not 3 on this possession.

Great run by TRich for the TD.  Again it was his vision that allowed him to see the hole and get to the Goal line.  Good call because his knee was down.

Gut check time for the O LINE.  They have to push the ball in.  TRich breaks a tackle and scores.

=CL 14 WA 10

The skins are running no huddle and the Browns get a sack.  Rather than calling a TO as soon as the guy goes down Shurmur lets 10 seconds run off the clock.

Again if RG3 was the QB the half time score would be 21-7.

HALFTIME

Weeden starts the half by throwing a pick.  He never saw the LB drifting into the zone.

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In 3 plays the Skins score.

-WA 17 CL 14

Schwartz is called for illegal procedure.

Another 3 and out by the Browns.  RT Mitchell was late picking up his assignment and Kerrigan blocks the 3rd down pass to TRich which would not have made the LTG anyway.  He was double covered.

That is followed by another bad punt by Hodges.

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Cousins is hot now.  Good throw to the 15 then a nice pass for the TD.  He read the Blitz and Hankerson was WIDE open for the score.

The Skins see that the Giants are getting pounded 24-0 by the Falcons so this game puts them in a position to win the division with a win next week.

As the sun pulls away from the shore and the ship sinks slowly in the west…

-WA 24 CL 14 7:40

Weeden is staring down the receiver.  Nice throw to Little but a vet DB core would have picked it too.

Weeden again stares down Little and CB Hall nearly picks it.

Browns set up to go for a 4th and 3 on the 41 with Cribbs in the backfield and the Skins call TO.

Weeden on 4th down panics and throws the ball away.  How can you do that?

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Garcon is called for taunting.  The Browns were lucky that Haden was not called for a push after the taunt.

Brown is called for Illegal contact.  Skins 1st down.

Lots of broken tackles and Ward goes out with a leg injury.

Thanks to good pressure Cousins is called for grounding.  That led to a punt.

Weeden hits 2 in a row to take the ball from the 15 to the Skins 43.

Then he under throws a ball to Little and is picked again this time by Fletcher.

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The Skins move the ball right down the field.

3rd quarter ends with the ball at the Browns 44.

Browns lose contain and Cousins runs for 6.  With Griffin that would have been 6 points.

Redskins put the game away with a TD by Royster.

-WA 31 CL 14  11:19 LEFT

Nice throw from Weeden to Benjamin 69 yards for the TD.  Weeden finally took advantage of a guy in the Skins backfield that was bagging groceries 2 weeks ago.   Too little too late.

=WA 31 CL 21 10:21

Great throw by Cousins for 32 yards to the Browns 44.

Three broken tackles on Morris again.  The D is tired.

Garcon recovers the fumble on the Browns 8.

Morris runs through a hole the size of the Mississippi River on the back side to put the Browns further out of their misery.

-WA 38 CL 21

A 4 and out by the Browns was expected.

= 3:14 left but the game was over long ago.

Conclusions:

This loss should finally change the minds of fans that Shurmur has to go.  The fans were fooling themselves about the Browns being a “hot” team because they had won 3 straight games.  The fact is that we beat a banged up Steeler team with a 97 year old QB that was sitting watching TV just a couple of weeks ago, a Raider team that has not been a factor in decades and a Chiefs team run by a former Brown’s HC we fired due to lack of wins.

Shurmur’s lack of ability or willingness to allow players to do what they do best has hurt the team.  It will continue to hurt the team as long as he insists on believing he is the smartest guy in the room.  My experience is that those that think they are the smartest guy in the room usually are not.

As I have said before the running game is a mess.  It does not give Richardson a chance to be successful.  The fact that Weeden has no power to audible away from a run when he sees 97 guys in the box is also due to Shurmur’s desire for control.  The OL is not getting to the second level of the D and without that the running game will never be successful.  Part of the issue is the blocking scheme.  The rest is a lack of talent.

Another issue with Shurmur is his total lack of ability to make adjustments on the fly or at half time.  Week after week we see the D adjust to what the Browns are doing but he is not capable of making changes to those adjustments.  We have heard him say over and over ‘I’ll have to check the tape.’  That is a clear indication he does not understand what is going on during the game.  If you don’t understand what is happening you cannot adjust to it.  Making in game adjustments is an essential part of job of a coach.

I have come to believe that Weeden is not the right guy.  I am aware that he has regressed over the season but cannot overlook his lack of accuracy and ability to get the ball out on time.  He misses easy passes that an NFL starter MUST make to be successful.  His decisionmaking is also a big issue.  If he was 22 I would be willing to see if he develops.  But at 29 the team doesn’t have time to waste a couple of years waiting to see if he comes around.  This was a bad choice made worse by bad coaching.

I have also changed my opinion about the future of Heckert.  The latest information I have is that the choice of Shurmur was more Heckert than Holmgren.  That combined with the Weeden choice over guys like Wilson makes his grade much lower.  It was also Heckert that allowed Shurmur to be OC in addition to HC.  Childress was available at the start of the 2011 season.  Despite that, Shurmur insisted he did not need an OC and would do both jobs.  It is clear he is not capable of doing EITHER job effectively.  In my opinion Heckert has to go along with the coach.

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