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Jason Lloyd likes five things and doesn’t like five things about the Cleveland Browns – The Athletic

With the first kickoff that matters still three weeks away, here are five things I like about the Browns and five things that worry me…1
This is the most talented bunch of Browns running backs I’ve ever seen, dating back to the Earnest Byner/Kevin Mack era of the 1980s.
Of course, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are excellent, but DErnest Johnson is a key third back, and rookie sixth-round pick Demetric Felton is developing into a versatile weapon.
The focus will be on Chubb and Hunt, but this is perhaps the strongest group of running backs in the NFL.
Because of Feltons versatility as a fourth back/seventh receiver/return specialist, the Browns should be able to carry all four on the last 53.2
The offensive line is 1A if running back is the deepest position.
The Browns have at least a dozen offensive lineman capable of making an NFL roster.
The Browns will most likely carry nine players, according to my partner Zac Jackson: the five starters, Chris Hubbard, Michael Dunn, James Hudson III, and Nick Harris.
Dunn isn’t a lock at this stage, but following his great end last season, he appears to be one of the favorites.
He’s had a sore back all week, but it’s nothing serious.

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Urban Meyer of the Jaguars has a deadline to name either Trevor Lawrence or Gardner Minshew as the starting quarterback.

When Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell say that rookie and first-round draft pick Trevor Lawrence isn’t a certainty to be the team’s starting quarterback over Gardner Minshew when the Jaguars open the regular season against the Houston Texans on Sept. 1, practically no one believes them.
Meyer told reporters on Friday that he’s still talking about the depth chart with Bevell and passing-game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and that he thinks he knows when he’ll make his final decision for Week 1.
Meyer told ESPN’s Michael DiRocco, “I do [have a timeline] in my head, but it’s a daily dialogue that the three individuals are having.”
“It could [continue until the last preseason game], but I’d rather not.”
To prevent injury concerns, coaches throughout the NFL are expected to bench their starters that weekend.
Meyer said he’ll select which of his two best quarterbacks will start Monday’s exhibition game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.
Meyer appears to be seeking to boost Minshew’s trade market value through a competition that few are taking seriously.
Nevertheless, given that this is the same coach who felt giving Tim Tebow reps at tight end this summer wasn’t a complete waste of time, everyone should think he’s serious about anointing Minshew as the starting quarterback before Labor Day.

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Aaron Rodgers: The Packers’ 2021 trip isn’t a “farewell tour”

Aaron Rodgers isn’t looking forward to his likely final season with the Packers in 2021, telling the media on Wednesday that he doesn’t want a “farewell tour.”
“I don’t know what’s going to happen after the season,” Rodgers said. “But I’m going to enjoy it with the appropriate perspective, for sure, and not look at it as I’m getting through this.”
Following the Love selection, Rodgers stated Wednesday that “the clock has started” on his last years with the Packers, adding that he didn’t want to be a “lame duck” in 2021.
In 2020, the three-time MVP led Green Bay to the NFC Championship game, which appeared to be Rodgers’ final game with the team.
Rodgers’ desire to quit the team was reported just before the 2021 draft in April, but as training camp approached, he changed his mind.
Even if he leaves Green Bay after the 2021 season, Rodgers remains one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in franchise history.
He is the Packers’ all-time leader in touchdowns, victories, and passing yards, trailing only Brett Favre, and he has the best passer rating of any quarterback in organization history.
With Rodgers at the helm, Green Bay has made the playoffs 11 times, winning Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.
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Mike Florio discusses why Deshaun Watson isn’t on paid leave in the NFL.

Fans of the NFL are accustomed to seeing contentious players placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into their actions.
Many expected this to be the course of action when the Deshaun Watson problem blew up, but the Houston Texans quarterback’s situation did not follow suit.
Despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Deshaun Watson has yet to be placed on paid leave.
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If true, there might be accusations of human trafficking or prostitution — Amy Dash (@AmyDashTV) August 13, 2021 According to Mike Florio’s latest report, the reason Watson hasn’t been placed on paid leave yet is due to the unique nature of his situation.
Deshaun Watson wanted a trade from the Houston Texans prior to the sexual misconduct case against him exploding, with accusers going on public with the charges.
Two of the 22 women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct have gone public with their stories https://t.co/Z5zGyTna4z pic.twitter.com/mgzjxLi2re — Jezebel (@Jezebel) April 7, 2021
As a result, neither the team nor the player have reached an impasse.
Rather, both say Deshaun Watson should not play in the NFL again for the Houston Texans.
There is a slim chance that Deshaun Watson will play this season due to a lack of disagreement between the parties.
This circumstance also benefits the Houston Texans, as a player who has been placed on paid leave by the NFL is difficult to deal.
In terms of seeking for trade partners, this development is significant for Texas.
Paid leave is a possibility if Deshaun Watson decides to play, according to sources. It’s quite possible that the Houston Texans have had secret talks with the NFL about Deshaun Watson’s case.
The league also wants to avoid any unfavorable public relations consequences.
As time is given to the player’s scandals, any paid leave case receives a lot of media attention.
The last thing the league needs is a distraction now that pre-season is in full flow and the regular season is just around the corner.
Deshaun Watson, despite his suspicions that backchannel negotiations between his team and the NFL are taking place, is not challenging the existing quo.
He’s had his fill of attention and will want to stay out of the limelight.
Given that the current circumstances are favorable to all parties involved, this situation is unlikely to progress unless the matter is resolved.
The only way the situation can change is if Deshaun Watson signs with an NFL team this season while the sexual misconduct claims against him remain unresolved.
If that happens, the NFL will most certainly resort to paid leave as a last resort.
Colin D’Cunha edited the piece.

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The contract disagreement between the New York Jets and Zach Wilson is a horrible look, and it makes no sense.

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY
— The New York Jets reminded everyone Wednesday that not everything has changed for the better after a promising offseason that reenergized their fan base.
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the Jets’ No. 1 quarterback, is the team’s new face.
On the opening day of training camp, the No. 2 overall draft pick this year was nowhere to be found.
Mike White, a former practice squad player who has yet to participate in an NFL game, was in charge of the first-team offense.
Fans would have booed the Jets if there had been an open practice, and rightfully so.
Thirty-one of the 32 first-round picks are currently under contract.
The only person who isn’t…
You already know the answer.
The Jets had an ugly day when they fumbled in the open field.
Wilson’s rookie contract amount is determined by his draft position, which is No.
New York only needs to cross a few Ts and fill in a few spaces on the contract.
Wilson’s agents and the Jets are battling over contract language, not money.
The offset clause, which protects the team financially if Wilson is cut before the end of his four-year, $35.2 million contract (which is fully guaranteed), is the main sticking point.
During the first day of #JetsCamp, Coach Saleh addresses to the media.
Let’s be clear: A dispute over an offset isn’t unique to the Jets. https://t.co/Q5QBEk6WlB — New York Jets (@nyjets) July 28, 2021
Every group has to cope with it.
In reality, except for the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars, 30 of the 32 teams (including the Jets) routinely incorporate offsets in contracts with guaranteed money.
So, why are the Jets the only team without a deal in place for their first-round draft pick?
Another issue is the payment timetable for Wilson’s $22 million signing bonus.
It came up in the Jets’ 2018 contract negotiations with quarterback Sam Darnold, and the team paid the whole bonus within 15 days of Darnold signing.
It’s unclear why the Jets are attempting to delay some of Wilson’s salary.
This isn’t rocket science; it’s just a straightforward contract discussion.
Exacerbating the problem, the Jets passed on bringing in a seasoned quarterback in the summer, putting all their hopes in Wilson.
On a number of levels, that was a poor judgment.
No disrespect to White and James Morgan, a fourth-round pick in 2020 with little professional experience, but the Jets have no other choices.
They faced a similar predicament when Darnold was forced to miss three practices due to a contract issue.
They had veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater on the roster at the time, so there was less of a sense of urgency.
This isn’t the case.
Wilson must report to camp as soon as possible.
Each and every rep is crucial.
The Jets have 20 sessions and three preseason games to prepare him for the start of the regular season in September.
12 against the Panthers of Carolina
Every day he misses hurts him.
Every day the receiving corps is harmed is a loss.
It was a dunk-and-dunk contest on Wednesday, with White and Morgan tossing practically everything under 10 yards.
In a new offensive strategy, this is not the way to create chemistry.
The Jets haven’t yet reached a critical juncture.
Wilson may walk up on Thursday or Friday, and by the following week, this shambles will be forgotten.
But for the time being, it’s a bad look.
When was the last time coach Robert Saleh “needed” Wilson in camp?
“Ask me again tomorrow,” he added, smiling. Saleh tried to put on a brave face, saying nice things about White and Morgan, but you can bet he’s eager to get his QB1 into camp.
He has to follow the company line in public, but no one believes his happy talk.
What about that fantastic offseason?
Each day that the contract issue drags on, it loses some of its sparkle.
For the first time since 2019, supporters turn out to watch training camp on Saturday.
The supporters will bring a Bronx cheer to New Jersey if Wilson isn’t on the field.

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Deshaun Watson is expected to attend Texans training camp despite sexual misconduct allegations, according to sources.

Despite many sexual misconduct complaints against him, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to report to training camp on Sunday.
According to ESPN, Watson will dodge the $50,000 per day fee that players receive by skipping training camp.
According to reports, the veteran NFL quarterback is still looking for a trade out of Houston.
Watson has been mostly quiet since the allegations surfaced. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Watson has been relatively quiet since the allegations surfaced.
The first claim was leveled against the Texans star in March, and he rejected it.
“I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has presumably been filed against me as a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiffs lawyer.”
“I have not yet seen the complaint, but I can assure you that I have always treated every woman with the utmost respect,” he stated in a statement.
“The plaintiffs lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, yet before bringing suit, he made a spurious six-figure settlement demand, which I swiftly rejected.” AARON RODGERS, DAVANTE ADAMS POST CRYPTIC ‘LAST DANCE’ PHOTO IN THE MIDDLE OF PACKERS DRAMA
Unlike him, this isn’t about the money for me; it’s about cleaning my name, and I’m excited to do it.” He shared a video of himself practicing on-field drills in May.
Watson has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.
Since March, the NFL has been looking into the allegations.
Watson could be placed on the NFL Commissioners Exempt List before the start of the season. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
He has reportedly demanded to be traded, but the team has yet to comply with his request.