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  • Published: Oct 6th, 2017
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The Cleveland Indians Have a Fan In QB DeShone Kizer

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With so much going on in the world of football it has to be hard for players to find the time for anything else, but rookie QB DeShone Kizer has found some time to help root on his city. Sure, the Browns are not starting off so hot this season, but that does not mean that Kizer has forgotten the things he loves to do.

Kizer was recently quoted as saying he, “loves the camaraderie they have in the locker room” about the Cleveland Indians. He is hoping to have enough time to attend a game or two this postseason and expressed sheer excitement about their upcoming games.

The Indians are certainly a bright spot for Cleveland right now since the Cavs are just getting the season started. Hopefully, for the city of Cleveland, they can have a deep run into the playoffs and then jump right to the Cavs continuing last season’s dominance.

News Notes and Rumors Mock NFL Draft

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Mock NFL Draft

1Cleveland BrownsQB PR CB SMyles GarrettDETexas A&M
2San Francisco 49ersOLB DE T G QBSolomon ThomasDEStanford
3Chicago BearsPR CB S G T TEJonathan AllenDEAlabama
4Jacksonville JaguarsTE RB DT T GLeonard FournetteRBLSU
5Tennessee TitansCB WR ILBMarshon LattimoreCBOhio State
6New York JetsQB OLB CB deHaason ReddickOLBTemple
7Los Angeles ChargersS WR DE G T QBMalik HookerSOhio State
8Carolina PanthersT DE RB CBDerek BarnettDETennessee
9Cincinnati BengalsT G OLB PR RBTaco CharltonDEMichigan
10Buffalo BillsCB S WR TJamal AdamsSLSU
11New Orleans SaintsCB S OLB WRGareon ConleyCBOhio State
12Cleveland Browns O.J. HowardTEAlabama
13Arizona CardinalsILB QB S CBCorey DavisWRWestern Michigan
14Philadelphia EaglesILB CB RB DE Reuben FosterILBAlabama
15Indianapolis ColtsT G DE DT RBMalik McDowellDTMichigan St
16Baltimore RavensOLB WR CB SZach CunninghamOLBVandy
17Washington RedskinsILB dt S RB T Caleb BrantleyDTFlorida
18Tennessee TitansCB WR ILB CBTre’Davious WhiteCBLSU
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersDE DT S RB OTCharles HarrisDEMissouri
20Denver BroncosT G ILB DE Cam RobinsonTAlabama
21Detroit LionsPR OLB WR G TEDavid NjokuTEMiami
22Miami DolphinsOLB G CB SJabrill PeppersLB/SMichigan
23New York GiantsLT ILB QB Ryan RamczykTWisconsin
24Oakland RaidersMLB DT CB OLBJarrad DavisLBFlorida
25Houston TexansQB T G OLBMitchell TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
26Seattle SeahawksT G DT CB Kevin KingCBWashington
27Kansas City ChiefsILB RB DT DE CBDalvin CookRBFlorida St.
28Dallas CowboysCB S DE TEMarlon HumphreyCBAlabama
29Green Bay PackersPR CB S RBQuincy WilsonCBFlorida
30Pittsburgh SteelersILB OLB WR QBT.J. WattOLBWisconsin
31Atlanta FalconsG DE DT CB SPat ElfleingOhio State
*32New Orleans Saints CL 33 &#5Deshaun WatsonQBClemson

*Saints trade the 32nd pick to Cleveland for pick 33 & their 5th round pick.

 

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  • Published: Dec 11th, 2016
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Jonathan Coopers Next Step is The Cleveland Browns!

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Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper is taking a new step in his career starting this week as the Right Guard for the Cleveland Browns.

Despite this new improvement in his career, Jonathan Cooper’s journey has not been an easy one. During this last year, he broke a bone in his leg and was thus placed on the injured reserve list, while working for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Then he was traded off to the New England Patriots in March, and then finally was claimed by the Browns.

Now Cooper, a 6’2″, 302 lbs man, will be replacing John Greco who was put on reserve for injuring his foot last week.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Cooper said. This is the time for Cooper to show his teammates what he is capable of.

Cleveland O-line Coach, Hal Hunter, said concerning Cooper, “He is athletic. He is smart. He is tough. Coach Hunters views this misfortune, as a new opportunity for Jonathan Cooper.

Coach Hue Jackson is looking forward to seeing what Jonathan Cooper, “is capable of doing,” and shares Coach Hunter’s sentiments saying, “This is what this league is about, a chance, an opportunity, and when you get it you have to make the most of it.”

This is Cooper’s first time being on a team that currently has No Wins. Football fans everywhere are looking forward to seeing Jonathan Cooper, take his next step as Cleveland Browns, Right Guard.

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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Browns Win over Bengals was a big step forward.

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In previous years this would have been the 18 straight loss to a division foe on the road. It would have been a blowout by the Bengals in part due to the short week. But this team and this year is different.

Bengal QB Andy Dalton had a bad, no a REALLY BAD game. But Dalton had a lot of help making his night bad both from his team mates and from the Browns D. While the Browns O was good, this win was primarily due to the defense. The D took the ball away 4 times and shut down the Bengal offense. The only points the Bengals got was the field goal after the special teams muff of a punt. Even on that “drive” the Browns D forced a 3 and out.

The D bottled up the running game and most significantly pressured Dalton. Dalton has struggled in big games. In my opinion it shows a lack of mental toughness. The Browns D helped expose that by pressuring him. The best part was that the D did not take the heat off the Bengal O during the entire game. It was the combination of a good game plan and outstanding execution.

The offense got off to a quick start by converting the early pick to a TD. QB Brian Hoyer was solid throwing the ball and making reads. The O line was MUCH better blocking both the run and the pass. C Nick McDonald looked like a different man against the best two defensive tackles he has faced. The zone blocking scheme depends on the line moving in unison. It did last night and the backs ran the ball much better.

But I can’t help wondering where the Browns would be had they beaten the Jags. They would have been at 7-2 and have a great chance to make the playoffs. But they didn’t win that game.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Nov 5th, 2014
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The Browns face a difficult task on Thursday

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Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I previewed the Browns game in detail. The podcast is on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

The game against the Bengals will be decided on the Browns offensive line of scrimadge. The running game has been totally missing since the injury to C Alex Mack. Now replacement Nick McDonald faces NT Geno Atkins, one of the best DT in the NFL.

Browns QB Brian Hoyer has to be having nightmares about Atkins and his running mate Domata Peko crashing down on him time after time. The protection of Hoyer will depend as much on the running game getting going as it does on the pass protection of the O line. Neither is likely to happen in the short week.

The Browns may make changes in the O line after the game. But the O line is what we saw against the Bucs for this game. So those 5 guys are going to have to play better to give the Browns any chance of winning. The issue with the O line has been the failure to move in unison like the zone blocking scheme requires. There has been way too much penetration mostly in the middle of the line to provide the backs room to run.

The Browns D will also face some issues. The Bengal WR corps is tall and athletic. While CB Joe Haden has been effective against WR A.J. Green, the other corners will struggle against tall receivers. The Bengals also showed some trick plays like the super spread bubble screen. The D will have to stay with their assignments to defend that and the jet sweep.

The Bengals will also show an improved running game with rookie RB Jeremy Hill. The Browns have struggled for years against the run and that has not changed this year. The D line will have to play better to keep the Bengal O line off the linebackers.

I was asked as a guest on a Chicago radio station if the Browns were contenders or pretenders. I said they were neither because even pretenders beat the teams they are supposed to. The Browns have not. Forget any talk of Browns being in the playoffs. That is not going to happen. If the Browns win Thursday, they stay in the hunt for respectability. But either way, there is little chance that they make the playoffs this year.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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