Category Archives: NFL

Browns Agree to Deal with Colquitt

The Cleveland Browns and punter Britton Colquitt have agreed to terms on a four-year deal. 

Colquitt, an undrafted free agent from Tennessee in 2009, averaged 45.3 yards per punt for the Browns after being cut by the Denver Broncos. 
With Colquitt now in the fold and Isaiah Crowell tendered earlier on Tuesday, only Austin Pasztor and Terrelle Pryor remain unsigned. 

Browns Give 2nd Round Tender to Crowell

The Cleveland Browns have offered running back Isaiah Crowell a second-round tender worth $2.81 million according to multiple sources. 

Crowell, who was undrafted, is a restricted free agent. By receiving a second-round tender the Browns can now match any offer he receives or get a second round draft pick from that team if they choose not to match the offer. 

Crowell had his best season in 2016 despite not getting more than 10 carries in six games. He finished with 952 yards while carrying the bulk of the load for the 1-15 Browns. 

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Deshaun Watson

*This is part six of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.

Name: Deshaun Watson

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 210 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Clemson

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Mid Round 1-Late Round 2

Strengths: Throws a catchable ball…can make all the necessary throws…has enough arm strength but won’t wow anyone…accuracy is solid…EXCELLENT character…great teammate…TRUE leader…average pocket presence…mobile….can be dual threat, but more of a pocket guy…confident in his abilities…hard worker…winner…comes into the draft with a lot of upside…plays it cool in the biggest moments…has incredible and unteachable intangibles…

Weaknesses: Needs to get bigger but think he has frame to add 20 pounds…ball placement is a big problem and led to many ball security (interceptions) issues even when his man won the one on one matchup…inaccurate at times…footwork needs to improve, throws high a lot…needs to work through his progressions better…stares down primary option…like many college kids has little experience under center…

Summary: Watson’s intangibles are off of the charts. He is a true leader who commands his huddle and can will his team to victory. Love his upside but there are many things he needs to work on. If he can improve his footwork and adjust to an NFL offense and being under center, he can continue winning at the next level. He will also need to add some weight. Overall, he is a coaches dream, as long as that coach wants to teach him and work with him a lot before sending him onto the field.

Up Next: Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer

Previously: Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Pat Mahomes

*This is part five of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.

Name: Patrick Mahomes II

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 215 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Texas Tech

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Round 1-2

strengths:  Incredible arm talent…shows great touch…possibly the strongest arm in the draft…accuracy has gotten better from his freshman year until now…great improvisation…stays in pocket even as things break down…delivers the ball from so many angles, but always with elite velocity behind it…probably the most fun quarterback to watch in 2017 draft…shows on field swagger…has unbelievable belief in his arm…can squeeze the ball into the tightest of windows, even with strange-looking mechanics at times…always looks for the big play…athletic…has everything you want in a quarterback that is absolutely uncoachable…

Weaknesses: Tendency to trust his arm too much…holds on to the ball while looking for the big play too often…comes from an air raid offense…needs to improve anticipation…mechanics go absolutely terrible at times, but with him it is a gift and a curse…may take a few years to fully develop while making his head coach go nuts…

Summary: Mahomes is a joy to watch. He could be the biggest value at quarterback in this draft because the sky is the ceiling if everything falls into place for this talented kid. He is either going to be Jay Cutler with Johnny Manziel’s improvisation ability or he will be the next Brett Favre.

Up Next: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson

Previously: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Mitch Trubisky

*This is part four of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.

Name: Mitch Trubisky

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 220 pounds

Throws: Right

School: North Carolina

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Top 15 overall

strengths:  Very accurate…throws a catchable ball…shows great anticipation…leader on the field and off…athletic and will surprise people at combine…throws with a strong base…solid mechanics…good velocity…great on short to intermediate routes, decent deep ball…goes through progressions well…looks off safety well…shows above average pocket presence, especially given minimal playing time…will only get better as he plays more…extremely coachable and smart, a true football loving gym rat.

Weaknesses: May not be as big as listed, want to see how tall he truly is at combine…velocity looks good on tape, need to see how hard he actually throws at combine. I like to see 56 mph or above from an elite QB prospect…has tendency to throw off back foot at times when rush in his face…limited playing time in college…

Summary: Trubisky looks the part of an elite quarterback prospect. The limited playing time does have me worried some, but the playing time he did have shows a quarterback with little weaknesses in his game. His ceiling might not be as high as some, but he is the safest of all of the quarterbacks in the 2017 draft and at worst will be an Andy Dalton or Alex Smith type quarterback.

Up Next: Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes

Previously: Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor

NFL Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Houston— The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee met in Houston on the eve of Super Bowl LI to induct the newest class into the sports most prestigious club.

The 2017 class welcomes seven new names to Canton this summer on August 5.

The inductees are as follows:

K Morten Andersen

RB Terrell Davis

S Kenny Easley

DE Jason Taylor

RB LaDainian Tomlinson

QB Kurt Warner

Owner Jerry Jones

NFL Honors Their Best

Houston— The eve of the Super Bowl is when the NFL is at their finest during the NFL Honors celebration where the league announces award winners, as well as the newest Hall of Fame class headed to Canton in the summer.

This seasons awards show was hosted by Keegan-Michael Key. The NFL awards for excellence were mostly taken by the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys, while the New England Patriots seemed to have been somewhat snubbed.

The winners are as follows:

Fed Ex Air and Ground Players of the Year: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta; RB Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: QB Dak Prescott, Dallas

Ford Offensive Line of the Year: Dallas

Rooney Sportsmanship Award: RB Frank Gore, Indianapolis

Salute to Service Award: Head Coach Dan Quinn, Atlanta

Castrol Clutch Performer of the Year: QB Derek Carr, Oakland

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Atlanta

AP Coach of the Year: Jason Garrett, Dallas

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: DE Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers

AP Defensive Player of the Year: LB Khalil Mack, Oakland

AP MVP: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta

AP Comeback Player of the Year: WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

Walter Payton Man of the Year: QB Eli Manning, NY Giants, WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona