Hoyer was one of the few bright spots for the 2013 Browns, winning his first three starts before being forced to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
What happened? The Browns were 7-6 with Hoyer in 2014 when head coach Mike Pettine made the ill-fated decision to instead start Johnny Manziel. Cleveland lost all three remaining games, and Pettine never came close to fielding a winner again before getting fired following the 2015 campaign. Hoyer has since bounced between Houston, Chicago and San Francisco.
Matt Cassel won’t help them win anything, so they had better hope Marcus Mariota can return after only one week out of the lineup. With a still-shaky defense, Mariota needs to play to lift everything in the offense.
What happened? The new Browns administration that arrived in 2005 didn’t think much of McCown’s future after his rookie struggles and subsequently traded him to Tampa Bay. McCown, who lasted in the NFL as a reserve for four teams over the next 12 years, is currently a free agent after being released by Dallas at the end of the 2017 preseason.
“He’s a scrapper. He’s a competitor. He’s a bulldog,” Gordon Hayward said of Smart. “And it’s fun to play with guys like that. He’s always going to make the energy play, the hustle plays, and I think, in the [first Philadelphia] game we had where he dove on the ball and he got the ball and we got a layup, those are like game-changing plays.”
Smart’s offensive play has been solid through Boston’s first three preseason games. He’s averaging 10.7 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting overall. He has connected on 7 of 12 3-point attempts (58.3 percent). Even in off-day workouts, Smart simply looks more confident shooting the ball.
In Week 6, The Patriots face one of the league’s biggest surprises in the Jets in another important divisional matchup. By Week 6, NFL contenders are becoming a lot more clear, and it remains to be seen who can challenge the undefeated Chiefs, who face the struggling Steelers.
The Panthers look to continue their excellent run on Thursday night against the red-hot Eagles, who powered to a win last week behind four Carson Wentz touchdown passes. Things aren’t getting any easier for the winless and injury-ridden Giants, as they have to face the 3-1 Broncos on Sunday Night Football. The Monday night game pits the Titans against the Colts.
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I had two teammates who did it, in Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. That’s their right to do that, McCoy said. And if they’re gonna do it, they’re gonna have support of the whole team.
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But if you take that away from them, there’s gonna be an uproar. It’s just gonna happen, because now it’s just like you have a voice at one point, but then you don’t at this point. And, that’s our right … it’s a constitutional right that we have, and if you take that away, I don’t think people are gonna take too kindly to it.
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Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Rams over Jaguars. That Jacksonville secondary is nasty. Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye will challenge every throw from Jared Goff; they’re physical cornerbacks with ball skills. However, can the Rams lean on a high-volume day from Todd Gurley and take some calculated shots up the seam versus the Jags’ Cover 3 shell? The team that controls the tempo wins this one. And I’ll go with the Rams to hold on for a victory in a low-scoring affair.
Alex Cobb Authentic Jersey Dan Graziano, NFL writer: Bears over Ravens. Look, this is a tough week to pick an upset. There aren’t really any that I like, except for a couple that I think would be too close to count here. (Rams in Jacksonville, maybe, or Lions in New Orleans, if Stafford is healthy.) So give me some Mitchell Trubisky on the road in Baltimore. I just don’t think the Ravens’ offense is capable of scoring consistently week to week. I think the Bears have been close in some tough losses, and they have a win over the Steelers, who dominated the Ravens in Baltimore in Week 4. It’s a flyer, but this is the week for a flyer. Gimme da Bears.
The promising rookie had a would-be touchdown just elude him in Week 5, but he saw the most targets in a single game in his young career (8). The Rams have a brutal stretch of games coming up (at Jacksonville, vs. Arizona, Bye, at New York Giants, vs. Houston, at Minnesota), but Kupp has value in deeper leagues for those with a receiver need.
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The Kansas City Chiefs finished Monday night’s 42-34 win over the Texans without tight end Travis Kelce, linebacker Justin Houston or starting wide receiver Chris Conley.
Kelce had a concussion. Houston had calf spasms but was walking without any apparent problem after the game. Conley ruptured his Achilles tendon. He was on crutches in the locker room after the game.
Kelce was injured during the second quarter. He was examined for a concussion in the medical tent on the sideline, and coach Andy Reid said he cleared the test. Kelce returned to the game for a handful of plays late in the first half but didn’t play after that.
Hogan completed all five of his pass attempts on the drive as the winless Browns took their first lead of the season. Kizer, the rookie from Notre Dame who had started all five games this season, was 8 of 17 for 87 yards and an interception. The second-round pick contributed to an Isaiah Crowell fumble with a poor pitch in the first quarter after the Browns had driven to the Jets 3-yard line.
Cleveland’s lead was short-lived, however. Hogan was intercepted by Morris Claiborne on his first pass of the next series, leading to a 2-yard touchdown pass from Jets quarterback Josh McCown to Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
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The Browns (0-5) would not get the lead back as the Jets (3-2) held on for a 17-14 victory to keep the Browns winless.
A LITTLE WHILE later, eight players from five teams — linebacker Jonathan Casillas of the New York Giants, safety Devin McCourty and special teams star Matthew Slater of the Patriots, defensive end Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker Christian Kirksey, cornerback Jason McCourty, and tight end Randall Telfer of the Cleveland Browns, and offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum of the Jets — entered the League Boardroom at the NFL offices and took seats at the giant wood table with the league logo as its centerpiece.
The meeting itself was representative of not only the entire week but of the past few years, defined by discord and distrust on the issues separating the league and the union. Smith said last week that Goodell never mentioned the meeting with players during their Monday call, and that he first got word of it after hearing that Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, had reached out directly to at least a dozen team captains to invite them to attend. A league source, however, says that team owners, not Vincent, invited the players, at the suggestion of Goodell. Both sides agree that Smith and other union executives were not invited until Tuesday morning, when Goodell asked them to attend in an email. But by then, it was too late. Smith was on the road for a series of locker room meetings and couldn’t attend.
Derek Carr’s latest back injury is a stunner, one that could end their playoff hopes early this season after a different Carr injury dashed them late last season. It’s now on their other on-field leader, Khalil Mack, to help the defense win more games.
That’s two straight big games for Russell Wilson as the Seahawks have gone back to their versatile, high-tempo attack to mask more of their line deficiencies. They should hope the Colts game also jump-started their defensive intimidation.
Seattle Seahawks left tackle Rees Odhiambo is practicing Wednesday after making what coach Pete Carroll called a very favorable turn from the chest injury that hospitalized him Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the team has ruled out defensive end Cliff Avril for its Week 5 game at the Los Angeles Rams because of the neck/spine injury he sustained last week. Asked if Avril’s injury is a long-term issue, Carroll said, It could be. It could be.
Like I’m saying, we’re going very slowly making sure that he takes the opportunity to talk with as many people as he needs to talk to so he knows what he’s got and what we need to do with it, Carroll said. We’re just going to take care of him and make sure that he’s well. If he wants to come back and we want to bring him back, we’ll let you know when we know. But right now we don’t.
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I mean, we’re 2-2. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. It’s not like we’re the ones that are 4-0, so we’ve got to be a little bit tempered with that. But we’re very excited.
Obviously, a big game coming up on Sunday against a team who is undefeated in our conference, so, yeah, it’s a really big game. Hopefully we can have the same type of performance we had last week and yeah, it’s exciting, but we also need to make sure that we stay on the ground here.
Mason Foster Mens Jersey Exhilaration is running rampant in Kansas City as well, with the Chiefs pacing the NFL in point differential (plus-45) while ranking third in points scored (30.5 per game) and tied for 10th in points allowed (19.3). The Chiefs pummeled the Patriots to open the season and pulled a win out of the fire in a tense back-and-forth with the Redskins on Monday.