Is DeShone Kizer the Man to Start the Preseason Opener for the Browns?

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Since 1999 it seems like a rite of passage during training camp for the Browns to be searching for a starting quarterback.

This year is no different, with the competition between three very different players – Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, and rookie draft pick DeShone Kizer.

Many assume that due to his experience from a year ago as a rookie that Kessler would be the choice to get the first crack at being a starter, but indications are coming in that seem to be minds are changing in Berea.

That is as of now, rookie draft pick Kizer is quickly moving up the ladder, and Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes that it looks like the former Notre Dame QB could be the man come the preseason opener in a week.

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Browns Safety Ed Reynolds Could Miss Six Weeks with Sprained MCL

Browns safety Ed Reynolds sprained his MCL in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined about six weeks, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Reynolds’ ACL is intact, the source said. Coach Hue Jackson had indicated Sunday that was the case.

Reynolds, who started seven games for Cleveland last season, was injured Saturday when the Browns wore full pads for the first time in training camp.

Reynolds appeared in 10 games last season, recording 40 tackles and a sack.

Rookie QB DeShone Kizer a ‘Better Bet’ to Win the Starting Job for the Browns

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Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer may be a “better bet” to win the starting QB job than second-year player Cody Kessler according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Kessler entered training camp as the nominal No.1 quarterback for the Browns over both the rookie and free agent bust Brock Osweiler but that designation was due mainly to Kessler’s familiarity with the offense, having played in head coach Hue Jackson’s system in 2016. But Cleveland beat reporters have been banging the drum for Kizer ever since minicamp, reporting how impressive the rookie had looked and how he had significantly narrowed the gap between him and Kessler.

It is a far cry from the beating Kizer’s stock took leading up to the draft this May. Long believed to have perhaps the best raw talent of the entire QB draft class, there were whispers about arrogance and immaturity once Kizer declared for the draft after his junior year at Notre Dame with even ND head coach Brian Kelly saying that he was not ready for the NFL. Kizer slid from a surefire first-round pick all the way until the middle of the second round, when the Browns selected him at No.52. Since then Kizer has made noticeable strides in both accuracy and touch while flashing improved mechanics and earning the praise of the coaching staff.

Ulrich stresses that the quarterback competition in Cleveland remains wide open with Kessler, Kizer, and even Osweiler viewed as “legitimate candidates”. With a vastly improved offensive line and a solid if unspectacular group of offensive skill players entering the 2017 season, the Browns could be a pleasant surprise-if they get the QB situation sorted out.

Browns First Overall Pick Myles Garrett Healthy and Ready for Camp

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Rookie defensive end and No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft Myles Garrett has recovered from a foot sprain and will be on the field Thursday when Cleveland opens camp following a miserable 1-15 season, the Associated Press reports.

Garrett suffered a left lateral foot sprain while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during minicamp in June. He was placed in a walking boot and there was some concern that he might be sidelined for an extensive period.

However, coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that Garrett is “totally healthy” and will be on the field for the team’s first workout. Garrett will be monitored during practices and it’s possible he could be kept out of some drills.

“We will definitely monitor him but I think he’s totally healthy, maybe hasn’t done all the conditioning that you like to see right before training camp,” Jackson said. “But I think he’s up to speed and ready to go. And he’s looking forward to it.”

Former Browns WR Andrew Hawkins Gives Praise to Cleveland Following His Announced Retirement

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One-time Browns wide out Andrew Hawkins walked away from football Tuesday, deciding to retire after he signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots in May.

Hawkins played three seasons with the Browns, last season catching 33 passes for 324 yards and three scores. In his time in Cleveland he played in 39 games with 29 starts, and caught 123 passes for 1424 yards and five touchdowns.

He had nothing but positive things to say today about his time in Cleveland, paying his respects to the city and his former teammates.

Browns Agree to Terms with First Round Pick Safety Jabrill Peppers

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The Browns have all their draft picks ready for camp, as first-round pick safety Jabrill Peppers has agreed to terms on his rookie deal with a signing coming soon, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Edward Lewis of NFL.com.

Peppers was the last of the Browns’ draft picks, which included other first-rounders DE Myles Garrett and TE David Njoku, to ink a deal.

The No. 25 overall pick was drafted by Cleveland for his ability to play safety, but coach Hue Jackson said in the spring that the former Michigan standout will see some time on offense as well.

“He’s football player, a very dynamic player,” Jackson said. “Obviously, he’s going to play defense for us, but we’ll find a role for him over there on offense. No question.”

First Overall Pick Myles Garrett Injuries Foot in Practice

No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett tumbled to the ground after a would-be sack of Brock Osweiler in a two-minute drill and immediately clutched his left foot. In obvious pain, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Garrett remained down a few moments before coach Hue Jackson and a trainer pulled him up.

He limped to the sidelines, where he took of his left shoe and rubbed the bottom of the foot before the medical staff examined it. Within a few minutes, he was up walking around on the sidelines, but still with an obvious limp.

Garrett, who went down apparently without contact after blowing in from the right side, knelt for most of the rest of practice, and at least one player came over and patted him on the head. When the lightning sirens screeched, he slowly limped into the fieldhouse for the final three plays of practice. Afterwards, he hobbled slowly to the locker room, trying hard to disguise the limp.

After practice, coach Hue Jackson confirmed it was likely the foot.

“Obviously I’ll know more once we get inside, but I think it’s his foot, so we’ll see,” he said. “I don’t know how it happened. Those things happen. Hopefully everything’s OK, and we’ll see once I get a chance to go inside.”

Browns Lock Up LB Christian Kirksey to Four-Year Deal Worth $38 Million

Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey finally became a full-time starter last season and now he’s being paid like it, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Kirksey, the Browns third-round pick in 2014 out of Iowa, signed a four-year deal with the Browns worth $38 million including $20 million guaranteed, a league source said. He was heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

“First and foremost I want to thank the Haslams for this opportunity and the organization for believing in me,” Kirksey said in a release. “Hue Jackson has been telling me from day one that I have a chance to be a great player in this league and for them to offer me this contract speaks volumes.

“I am glad to be here and to be a Brown for a long time. This is my home. This is where I want to be. I love my teammates and we are ready to get this thing rolling. I am excited for the future.”

Kirksey’s signing comes on the heels of extensions for other key veterans. They signed linebacker Jamie Collins to a four-year, $50 million contract in January, including $26 million guaranteed.