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Coach Hue Jackson said the Browns need more out of their tight ends in 2017.

"That position needs to upgrade, whether we do that with the guys that are there and continue to get better, or if there's somebody in the draft than can come in and help our football team," Jackson said. Jackson's eyes "lit up" when reporters asked him about Alabama TE O.J. Howard on Tuesday. Viewed as the top tight end in a loaded draft at the position, Howard is in play for the Browns at No. 12 overall if Howard falls that far. Gary Barnidge had a career 2015, but predictably fell back to Earth last year. He failed to top 42 yards in each of the last nine games.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 10:04 AM

Coach Hue Jackson said 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman is now seen as "the guy" as the Browns' No. 1 receiver following the departure of Terrelle Pryor.

"He's got to go do it now, because he’s now seen as the 'the guy,' so he needs to go play and play well," Jackson said. "We see the potential of what he can be and what he will be and he’s doing the work right now that it takes to get there." Jackson seems confident Coleman will rebound in Year 2 following a down rookie season. Coleman started hot with a monster 5-104-2 against the Ravens in Week 2, but he broke his hand in practice the next week and missed six games. He failed to top 41 yards in any of the final eight contests, and ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi suggests the cold weather affected Coleman mentally. Coleman is a strong buy-low candidate in Dynasty.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 9:52 AM

Coach Vance Joseph challenged Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, saying he wants him "to be a dominant player all the time" and "become a leader."

"I don’t want him to ease into games," Joseph continued. "I want him to be a guy. I want him to step out and be a guy. It's time. He can take over a game, but I want his mindset every game to be every game we play to walk on the field and take over the game." By no means did Thomas have a bad 2016, but his catches (90), yards (1,083), and touchdowns (5) were all five-year lows. Playing with Trevor Siemian instead of Peyton Manning obviously was the main reason, but Thomas does seem to play a bit passive at times. He had just two 100-yard games but was top-10 in targets.
Mar 29 - 9:39 AM

Coach Adam Gase believes sophomore Laremy Tunsil is "an elite left tackle."

"We felt like we have a special player there," Gase said. "When we watch him practice at left tackle, it looks different. His confidence when he goes to left tackle, it changes. You can tell he knows that’s where he belongs. It was time for us to get Laremy out to that left tackle spot." Trading LT Branden Albert to the Jaguars opened up the job for Tunsil. Though the Dolphins still have question marks at guard, Tunsil and C Mike Pouncey are cornerstones up front.
Mar 28 - 10:51 PM

Former first-rounder Cameron Erving will head into Browns offseason practices as a right tackle.

Erving, the 19th overall pick in 2015, has bounced all over the offensive line early in his career, getting reps at center, guard, and right tackle. He started the first 15 weeks at center last season before manning right tackle in the finale. Erving figures to compete with Shon Coleman on the right side. Last year's starting right tackle Austin Pasztor remains unsigned as a free agent.
Mar 28 - 10:02 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Saints have "no interest" in free agent Johnny Manziel.

Manziel and coach Sean Payton met during Super Bowl week, but nothing came of the sit-down. The former first-round bust of the Browns has said he's re-committed himself to the sport in hopes of getting another chance, but it's hard to see a team taking the plunge, even though Manziel is still only 24.
Mar 28 - 9:57 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his deadline for a Tony Romo decision is training camp.

Jones is trying to increase Romo's trade leverage by making it appear the team is in no hurry. Were the deadline actually camp, Romo would be extremely far behind with whatever team he ends up with. For all involved, the Cowboys need to bring the situation to a head no later than draft week. For what it's worth, when asked if Romo was considering retirement, Jones said the quarterback "has options." Romo has reportedly drawn broadcasting interest from FOX and CBS.
Mar 28 - 7:50 PM

New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes the team needs to draft a young quarterback.

"I think we do have to get a young quarterback on campus," was Lynn's exact quote. "We need to start developing someone because we have two veteran quarterbacks, and both of them are long in the tooth." It's a blunt, correct assessment, one echoed by GM Tom Telesco earlier this month. Philip Rivers, who has made a habit of second half fades the past few seasons, turned 35 in December.
Mar 28 - 7:32 PM

49ers GM John Lynch says the team hasn't talked with free agent Colin Kaepernick since Feb. 22.

In other words, the new GM and coach Kyle Shanahan have zero interest in bringing Kap back. Kap has yet to take so much as a visit in free agency.
Mar 28 - 7:31 PM

Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder (torn ankle ligament) has been cleared to resume running, and will participate in OTAs.

Schraeder's Super Bowl injury did not require surgery. His rehab ended up being the best-case scenario. Schraeder was a 16-game starter each of the past two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 7:28 PM

The Giants are open to drafting Eli Manning's successor this year.

"I think we have to start thinking about it," co-owner John Mara said. "I think you always have to look at drafting a quarterback where you can." GM Jerry Reese attended UNC QB Mitch Trubisky's Pro Day, while coach Ben McAdoo has blamed the Giants' 2016 offensive woes on Manning. Quarterback won't be the most likely selection when the Giants are on the clock at No. 23, but they clearly aren't ruling it out. 2017 will be Manning's age-36 season.
Source: SNY
Mar 28 - 7:22 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett offered a non-update on Tony Romo's status with the team.

Garrett said the sides were "working through" the situation, and that "nothing has really changed since the end of the season." Garrett said Romo and owner Jerry Jones are the point men on the quarterback's future. The coach answered "that's not a question for me" when asked if he thought Romo might be considering retirement.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 28 - 6:58 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot surgery) is "on schedule" with his rehab.

That was the extent of coach Sean McDermott's "update" on Tuesday. The Bills have offered up a vague timeline for the oft-injured/operated on wideout, saying only he should be ready for training camp. Don't expect to see Watkins on the practice field this spring.
Mar 28 - 6:55 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with OC Scott Linehan, DC Rod Marinelli and ST coordinator Rich Bisaccia on contract extensions.

Jason Garrett's top assistants had been entering lame duck seasons. Linehan and Marinelli are both richly deserving of the extensions. Linehan captained a dominant offense with a rookie quarterback last season, while Marinelli once again overcame talent deficiencies on his side of the ball. Garrett can focus on CEO duties with Linehan and Marinelli handling their business so well.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 28 - 6:50 PM

The Los Angeles Daily News reports "depending on how things turn out" for the Raiders in Oakland this season, San Antonio could be a temporary home in 2018-19.

San Antonio was once bandied about as a possible permanent home for the Raiders, while the city offered to host them part time when they were exploring a move to Los Angeles. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could put the kibosh on even a temporary arrangement. Instrumental in the Raiders' move to Las Vegas, Jones wants as much of Texas to himself as possible.
Mar 28 - 6:16 PM



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