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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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Deshaun Watson is unlikely to travel with the Texans for the preseason opener, according to GM Nick Caserio.

Watson missed roughly a week of training camp practices and finally returned to the field on Monday.
He was out due to ankle and calf problems, according to the official explanation for his absence.
Watson wasn’t getting much work when he was practicing, as he was relegated to fourth-string quarterback and defensive safety at times.
The Texans’ quarterback position is in limbo, as Watson’s trade demand has been exacerbated by a personal crisis involving multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Houston is attempting to establish a new, winning culture under Caserio and new head coach David Culley while talk about the reigning NFL passing leaders’ future continues to swirl.
The Watson debacle isn’t helping that cause at all.
Even if Watson was in good standing with the team, he presumably wouldn’t get many reps in game action during the preseason.
In Houston’s quarterback depth chart, veteran journeyman Tyrod Taylor is the anticipated starter.
On Saturday, he should get some reps at Lambeau Field, but most Texans fans will be looking forward to rookie third-round selection Davis Mills’ debut.
Watson’s lack of presence will almost certainly be masked by the Packers’ own quarterback problem.
Jordan Love will play his first NFL snaps, and how he looks as Aaron Rodgers’ ultimate successor — happily for the Texans — will take precedence over any lingering narratives about Watson’s absence.

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At SEC Media Days, Nick Saban makes a startling disclosure about Alabama’s 2021 prospects.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban addresses the assembled media in the Hyatt Regency at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
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Nick Saban faces a difficult task in trying to repeat as national champs with Alabama.
Six first-round picks were lost by Alabama, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, Doak Walker winner Najee Harris, and Davey OBrien winner Mac Jones.
Alabama had ten total draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, and this three comprised half of their first-round picks.
Alabama frequently reloads, and the prospect of a full-fledged rebuild is similar to nails on a chalkboard for fans of the Crimson Tide.
That is, however, a very real issue for Saban and Alabama supporters this autumn.
Saban acknowledged the difficulty of replacing that much offensive production, as well as the coaching staff turnover, at SEC Media Days on Wednesday morning.
“Success comes with a price: you have a lot of good players and coaches.”
When you lose some of those players – we lost six first-round picks, ten players to the draft, and some coaches – it’s difficult to get back on track.
You’ll have to start over with new players with less experience.
Nick Saban acknowledges that Alabama will be a work in progress. This isn’t new territory for Saban and Alabama.
As he puts it, it’s a cost of success.
Your top players will leave early for the NFL Draft, and other programs will want to hire your coaching staff if you are successful.
This has been going on at Alabama for years.
It occurs at elite programs around the country, though not to the extent that it occurs at Alabama.
“Penalty for success: you had a lot of talented players, good coaches,” Nick Saban says.
When you lose some of those players – we lost six first-round picks, ten players to the draft, and some coaches – it’s difficult to rebuild.
You’ll have to rebuild your team with new players that have less experience.
“It’ll be a work in progress,” Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) tweeted on July 21, 2021. But it’s the final statement that has Alabama football fans shivering.
Is Alabama truly a “work in progress”? That phrase implies that Alabama may struggle as new players adjust to their new positions and the coaching staff changes its philosophy to the new players.
So what does Alabama’s struggle imply?
It could indicate that Alabama is still the best team in the SEC West, but not necessarily in the SEC.
It’s possible they’ll make it to the College Football Playoff, but not win it.
A work in progress in Alabama is not the same as a work in progress in Arkansas or Tennessee.
But, if the new players and coaches are unable to gel, it is possible that the ultimate win-loss record would reflect more losses than Saban and Alabama football fans are used to.
But, Alabama will remain in the top three in the preseason AP Top 25 and will most likely be the media’s favorite to win the SEC when the poll is released on Thursday at the conclusion of SEC Media Days.
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