Joe Haden Reveals His Next Move

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Joe Haden commits to Steelers for three years, $27,000,000 and will play Browns in opening game

Now, this ought to be a fascinating opener.

Joe Haden, the Pro Bowl cornerback, released by the Browns on Wednesday, has agreed a three year contract with arch rivals the Steelers. This deal is worth $27,000,000, including $7,000,000 assured for this season, reports profootballtalk.com.

No longer do the Browns have to pay the $4,000,000 Haden was due to receive from them this season.

On September 10, the Browns will play hosts to the Steelers at the FirstEnergy Stadium. This particular run of events should add some extra fascination to the match.

“A tough competitor” according to receiver Antonio Brown. “He is a ruthless opponent. Certainly someone you need to be prepared and ready for. He is quick and strong”.

Originally, Haden was meant to enroll with the Steelers on Wednesday evening in Charlotte, NC, which is where the Panthers and Steelers play tomorrow evening in the preseason finale.

Released by the Browns on Wednesday morning, Haden could enroll with his new team after 16:00, and his next deal was revealed within minutes.

Adam Schefter, from ESPN, said that Haden had been offered more by other teams, however he chose to commit to the Steelers.

For the last six years, Brown has faced Haden as an opponent, however he used his influence at the club to get him signed. The NFL Network reports that Brown told his coach that Haden still has lots of fire left in the tank.

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Brock Osweiler Starts For The Browns

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Brock Osweiler announced as Browns starter for the preseason opening match versus Saints

Brock Osweiler is set to start the preseason opening match on Thursday evening, versus the Saints at First Energy Stadium, according to Browns manager Hue Jackson.

The second man will be Cody Kessler, followed by Kevin Hogan and DeShone Kizer.

This does not mean though, that Osweiler will begin the season opening match versus the Steelers on September 10. Kizer could well end up doing that instead.

Jackson said that, at this point in the quarterback assessment process, he will have Osweiler start in the Thursday preseason opening match versus the Saints. While many factors are taken into account during the assessment, it is ultimately about running the offense effectively and efficiently, Jackson noted. Jackson went on to say that he wants his starters to have the ability to do this in all circumstances.

Osweiler has not really got any reps in the first team, so this will provide him with that opportunity. Everyone is looking forward to watching how he fairs in the limelight during the week and versus the Saints.

Speculation is rife that the Browns might be attempting to groom Osweiler for trading. However, on Monday, Adam Schefter from ESPN was interviewed on the Dan Patrick show. Schefter said that the Browns have declined trade offers and do not wish to get rid of the veteran.

Now that Osweiler has moved to number one, for this week at least, this does not look encouraging for Kessler, with regards to his quarterback ambitions this season.

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Top 5 Questions facing AFC West Teams

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DV    5 How fast can Elway get QB Paxton Lynch ready?
4 Can Run game be top 5 this year? It will have to be.
3 Can DV D Overcome D losses of DT Williams, olb Watson & cb Watson?
2 Can the additions on O line of Leary & Watson solve the problem?
1 Can DV win games with Siemian at QB or will Lynch start for DV?
KC     5 Was OT Okung addition by subtraction?
4 Can RB Kareem Hunt replace Charles as the all-around back?
3 Can Smith find anyone to catch the ball since Maclin is gone?
2 Did KC do enough to replace FA DT Dontari Poe?
1 Did the move up to get Mahomes indicate KC are not happy with Smith?
OK     5 When will S Reggie Nelson and Karl Joseph return to work?
4 Who will carry the ball for OK? Lynch is 96 and the others are small.
3 Did OK do enough at REC getting WR Patterson & TE Cook?
2 Can OLB Irvin give OK Pass rush opposite DE Mack?
1 When will QB Derek Carr be ready to start and will he be as effective as last year?
LC     5 Did Chargers do enough getting Tre Boston to replace Weddle?
4 Can anyone on the other side help Joey Bosa with the pass rush?
3 Will Melvin Gordon be as good as he was last year?
2 Can reshuffled LC O line with LT Okung protect QB Philip Rivers?
1 How will the move to LA affect the Charger season?

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

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Cleveland Browns NFL Draft 2011 thru 2016

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2011 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 21 Phillip Taylor DT Baylor
Over drafted and over weight Played 4 seasons with CL out of FB. BUST!
2 37 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
was drafted as a 4/3 end but CL changed to 3/4 & he was fish out of water. Starts for NE
2 59 Greg Little WR North Carolina
was released after 3 seaons was cut by 4 other teams as well. BUST
4 102 Jordan Cameron TE USC
Played 4 seasons for CL caught 80 balls in 13 but concussions limited him. Plays for MI now
4 124 Owen Marecic RB Stanford
Played 2 yrs with CL Avg 2.0 y/att not much of a blocker either.
5 137 Buster Skrine DB Tennessee-Chattanooga
Played 4 seasons for CL Started 2 spent too much time picking dasies to be resigned. NJ now.
5 150 Jason Pinkston T Pittsburgh
Played 1.5  seasons for CL Retired due to blood clots
7 248 Eric Hagg DB Nebraska
Too slow to be a S & too light to be LB. OUT OF FB.

2012 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 3 Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Traded in 13 to IN for a 1st round pick Failed with both teams never averaged 4y/at DOUBLE BUST.
1 22 Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
St 15 games in 12, but just 10 after that with 3 teams. PR 76.0 C% 57.9 BUST
2 37 Mitchell Schwartz T California
Started 4 yrs for CL & 1 for KC.
3 87 John Hughes DT Cincinnati
played 5 yrs for CL Startg 10g picked up by TB in 16 & played 6 games CL should have kept Winn.
4 100 Travis Benjamin WR Miami (Fla.)
Played 4 s for CL catching 68 pass in 15 CL kept WR Hawkins Signed with SD & caught 48 in 16
4 120 James-Michael Johnson LB Nevada-Reno
Played half season for CL & 5 other teams BUST
5 160 Ryan Miller T Colorado
Played 1 season for CL with 0 starts. BUST
6 204 Emmanuel Acho LB Texas
Productive in Col but never played for CL. Was cut & picked up by PH Played 3 seasons there.
6 205 Billy Winn DT Boise State
Started 10 g in 12 but was reserve after that. Cut him & kept Hughes. Played for DV last year 2 starts.
7 245 Trevin Wade CB Arizona
Played just 1 year for CL then for 2 other teams WITH NG now.
7 247 Brad Smelley RB Alabama
played 2 games for CL & 2 for HO BUST
2013 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 6 Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
Was too light to set the edge. Even NE couldn’t get anything out of him. CL traded him for a 5th round pick
3 68 Leon McFadden CB San Diego State
Barely a reserv, he was on 5 rosters BUST
6 175 Jamoris Slaughter SS Notre Dame
Never played with any team BUST
7 217 Armonty Bryant DE East Central (OK)
Sold marijuana to a narc but had talent. Cut in 16 after being suspended for PED. Played for DT in 16 3SAC
7 227 Garrett Gilkey G Chadron State
Cut before 13 season BUST

2014 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 8 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
Never saw a tackle he wanted to make. 0 heart Given to PT for 6th rnd pick in 18 cut by PT.
1 22 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
Head case & drunk, TOTAL BUST.
2 35 Joel Bitonio T Nevada
Good talent that has been inj last 2 years.
3 71 Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
Started in 16 Got 148 tackles for a team that was 31 vs run. Too many were 5yards down field.
3 94 Terrance West RB Towson
Played 1 year @ CL, went to TN then BA Started 13 games in 16.
4 127 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
Was cut after 2 seasons with CL Has now played for 4 teams in 3 years
fa Isaiah Crowell RB Alab St.
STARTER averaged 4.8 last yr despite no blocking on O line.

2015 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 12 Danny Shelton DT Washington
Finally got going after 1st year of little production
1 19 Cameron Erving T Florida State
Staff screwed him by playing 4 possions in 1st year BUST
2 51 Nate Orchard DE Utah
Played 3 games in 16 starting just 1. too light & needs more strength,  Can’t set the edge.
3 77 Duke Johnson RB Miami (Fla.)
3rd down RB with 114 c in 2 yrs. Good hands & 4.2 y/at runing.
3 96 Xavier Cooper DT Washington State
ST 2 game in 2 yrs with CL. Not much results for a 3rd round pick.
4 115 Ibraheim Campbell SAF Northwestern
Dasie picking S that has 0 ability to diagnoise plays St 9 gms in 2 years
4 123 Vince Mayle WR Washington State
WR that couldn’t catch. Never played for CL 3 teams in 2 years.
6 189 Charles Gaines CB Louisville
Never was that played 1 year for CL now on BF roster.
6 195 Malcolm Johnson TE Mississippi State
Star 5 games for CL 1 c 2y is now a RB for SE BUST
6 198 Randall Telfer TE USC
DNP in 15 but started 5 game in 16 2 catches 4y ACT
7 219 Hayes Pullard LB USC
Never played for CL Signed by JK & is currently with them.
7 241 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon
Good risk on a seriously injured but very talented player.

Cleveland Draft 2016
“1-15 Corey Coleman WR
Short without any route tree background
“2-32 Emmanuel Ogbah DE
Too light for a DE in a 3/4 & not athletic enough to play OLB.
“3-65 Carl Nassib DE
Too light for a DE in a 3/4 & not athletic enough to play OLB.
“3-76 Shon Coleman OT
Great story coming back from cancer but will he get it again? Late round pick /fa on my board
“3-93 Cody Kessler QB?
Too small with a weak arm. That does not work in Cleveland.
“4-99 Joe Schobert OLB
DE in college without speed to play OB in NFL.
“4-114 Ricardo Louis WR
Size & some speed Has potential but did not show it in 16
4-129 Derrick Kindred FS
Big hitter without the body to survive in NFL.
4-138 Seth Devalve TE
WAY too high for him FA at best.
5-154 Jordan Payton WR
Good hands but no speed. PED SUSPENSION
5-168 Spencer Drango OG
Can’t trust spread O linemen to be able to block in the NFL
5-172 Rashard Higgins WR
Pro style O with decent hands. Drop the “Hollywood” moniker
5-173 Trey Caldwell S
Undersized Under achiever FA at best
7-250 Scooby Wright ILB
Love his intangibles but has physical limitations.

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The Eagle D is coming around

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The Eagle D is coming around.

NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 6, our views of all week 6 games including the Browns/Broncos.

On Monday night the Giants scored a TD on their 1st possession. But then the Eagle D shut them down. While the Eagle O is still trying to fit all the new gadgets into the game, the D has figured it out and is playing very well. The early issues on defense were primarily caused by the lack of rest. When the O can’t convert 3rd downs in a no huddle O, the D is on the field a lot.

The team has missed ILB Mychal Kendricks for a couple of weeks. Despite that the D is playing aggressive defense. Rookie 3rd round pick Jordan Hicks has been outstanding. He has helped the D continue to improve. His instincts are outstanding.

Two early interceptions, one of which was a pick 6, made Giant QB Eli Manning tentative. That combined with WR Odell Beckham Jr. being the primary target made the job of the Eagle D much easier. The D would have been better had they not committed so many penalties. That is still a problem for the Eagles.

The problem with the offense is that the players that the Eagles brought in do not fit what HC Chip Kelly is running. One example is QB Sam Bradford. While he ran a no huddle O in Oklahoma, several injuries have limited his mobility. He struggles to make stretch hand offs and even more to run the read option.

Another addition, running back DeMarco Murry, is also a bad fit. First of all any back in the NFL that had nearly 500 touches the previous year has never done well the following year. Add Murry’s injury history and this was a bad signing from the start. At Dallas Murry ran down hill. But the Kelly O has him running east/west to get to the hole. As a result Murry has not been productive.

The key to the rest of the Eagle season is the offense giving the D some rest between possessions. If they do, there is a good chance that the Eagles could win the NFC Least.

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

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He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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2015 NFL Draft – QB

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NFL Draft (2)

Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I previewed the NFC East.  The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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1. Brett Hundley QB UCLA rJr 6-3 227

Hundley could have been the 1st pick in the 2014 draft but decided to stay in school. He suffered this year from a lack of quality receivers and a bad line.

Strengths:

He has played in a pro style system in terms of pass patterns although has not worked much under center. He has an NFL arm and anticipates throws fairly well. He reads college defenses well but will need work to adjust to NFL coverages. He is athletic and can run when necessary. He will be a value and be taken in the middle of the 2nd round.

Weaknesses:

Like almost all QB’s coming out of college, he needs to improve his drop back footwork. He also has not seen many complex defenses in the Pac-12.

2. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon rJr 6-4 215

Mariota will likely be the 2nd QB off the board. There is a concern if he can adapt to the NFL pocket style passer.

Strengths:

He is a winner. He led his team to the Championship game. He has good touch with all throws and is accurate on short and medium throws. He has a quick delivery. He shows the ability to run when necessary and protects himself.

Weaknesses:

He has not had the opportunity to show he has NFL arm strength. He was not required to do that in school. He has accuracy issues on long passes.

3. Bryce Petty QB Baylor rSr 6-3 230

Don’t assume Petty will have the same problems that RG3 had. Petty is much more interested in improving his game and less on building his brand.

Strengths:

Petty has an NFL arm and a quick delivery. He is athletic and can avoid the pass rush. He has good vision and accuracy. He stands in against a hit and deliver the ball.

Weaknesses:

He is inconsistent on long throws because of his footwork. He has no experience under center. He seldom huddles and has no experience in pre-snap reads.

4. Garrett Grayson QB Colorado State rSr 6-2 215

Grayson is a developmental QB at best. He has a very strong arm but no accuracy or anticipation.

Unrated Jameis Winston QB Florida State rSo 6-4 232

Winston has #1 ability on the field but will get a GM that drafts him with a top pick fired. He has played in a pro offense and can make all the throws. I would not draft him in the 7th round. He will be the face of a franchise and says all the right things but I don’t trust him.

2015 Quarterback Rankings by Kelron Sykes:

  1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

Strengths: Prototype with his physical makeup. Big, athletic and durable. He moves decisively well within the pocket, and displays elusiveness outside the hashes. He displays good intangibles- poise, savvy, toughness, leadership, and good vision. He delivers catchable balls beyond the second and third levels, while having great zip on the ball when delivering in tight coverage. Remarkably consistent in coverage recognition and displays good field awareness dissecting defenses. He displays great anticipation, instincts, and mental toughness within the tackles. He is remarkably competitive, and thrives on the big moment.

 

Weakness: Has major character issue. With all the off the field transactions, i.e. shop lifting, sexual assault, and the incident on campus. Jamesis would be off the draft board of many NFL draft boards based upon those transactions. Jamesis will need to quicken his release, as he displays a long wind up release. He will need to develop better eye elusiveness, as he stares down receivers on his intermediate throws.

 

  1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Strengths: Has good size, athletic ability, a good frame to go along with having a tactical work ethic and highly desirable character makeup. He is vastly elusive outside the hashes, and displays enough athletic ability to separate from defenders within the Oregon Offensive System. He is remarkably accurate within short proximity passes, and looks to have a catchable ball with a tight spiral. He looks to be better throwing outside the hashes when pressed to do so, and having a high completion percentage on balls beyond the third level.

 

Weakness: Does not come from a traditional offense. He struggles throwing across his body, while also struggling to identify coverages. Mariota is a run first quarterback, and struggles with going through is progression. He is highly inconsistent; he will make a tremendous throw on one possession, and then follow up with a blunder of a throw the next. He struggles with vision and awareness, as he looks to be a one read player. Mariota will not take chances vertically, as he struggles with accuracy beyond the second level. He will need to develop natural quarterback reads, as the offense he ran in college was all pre-determined.

 

  1. Brett Hundley: UCLA

Strengths: Very well built athlete that displays good arm strength to zip the ball in tight coverage, while also having a precise touch to throw the deep ball. He looks to have a quick release and reliable vision to process his decision making out of the shotgun. He displays good elusiveness and pocket awareness, while also having adequate acceleration to separate from defenders. Brett displays good mental toughness that should translate into moderate success at the next level.

 

Weakness: Most if not all his snaps came out of the shotgun, which made most his reads pre-determied. He doesn’t possess the elusiveness to evade defenders from the pocket, and lacks straight line speed to separate from defenders beyond the first level of defense. He will need to improve ball placement on second and third levels throws as his balls appear to be not in relation with the receivers.

 

  1. Sean Mannion: Oregon State

Strengths: Tall athlete with moderate build and muscular frame. He does a good job in being fundamentally strong with his delivery of the ball. He possesses good arm strength and can make all three throws adequately well. He comes from a pro-style offense which he appeared to have good field vision and command of the offense. He displays calmness and looks to have command of the offense, along with a solid chemistry with his receivers. He displays a very accurate ball, along with having a desirable touch for the vertical ball. His biggest attribute is his ability to throw through small windows with a touch of velocity to equate to success.

 

Weakness: He is not overly athletic, and has very slow feet. He looks to struggle gaining depth in his drops, and struggle to maneuver away from on-coming defenders. He will hold on to the ball too long and takes too many chances forcing the issue of deliverance. He has a history of telegraphing his throws, and relies too much on his arm strength. He appears to be very sluggish if not sloppy in mechanics, and struggles to follow through with throwing motion within short to intermediate throws.

 

  1. Bryce Petty: Baylor

Strengths: Solid size and arm strength, and a very reliable and accurate ball placement. He throws a very catchable ball and thrives on the vertical game. He looks athletic enough in the pocket, and has enough athletic ability to be successful outside the hashes as a runner or thrower. He looks to have precise accuracy within short proximity, and has good pocket presence to dissect defenses.

 

Weakness: He looks to have most of his reads predetermined from the sidelines. He locks in on receivers, and doesn’t do a good job in eye manipulation. Most of his snaps came from the shotgun, and struggles to quickly identify defensive fronts. He will struggle to avoid on coming rushers, and appears to lack the foot speed to separate from level one defenders.

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

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

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 http://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 http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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

Kelron Sykes is a regular guest on NNR and played at Oregon State. He did scouting for the Jaguars as well.

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