Found August 06, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at “DBN: “Do you think Paul Kruger was a flash in the pan or is he the real deal? He had a phenomenal playoff run, but can he be someone who generates that kind of pressure over the course of a 16-game season?” Mike: “I loved Kruger coming out of college as a high intensity/high motor player, but he had so many freak injuries during his college career that it was hard to gauge how great his upside was. The Ravens are very patient when developing defensive talent, and there are few better environments for learning the technical aspects of playing defense. I think the Browns overpaid for Kruger, thinking that he is a J.J. Watt clone, when he is really a 8-10 sack-per-season defender who is also a good disruptor against the run and is useful as a chase player. Horton is exceptional at scheming for a player like Kruger, which may improve his production.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature] —- “Rob Chudzinski said that he has seen improvement from Schwartz already from his his rookie season. He has held his own as demonstrated Monday against some of the Browns top pass rushers. “Watching film from last year, I saw a guy that was a young player, who had some good plays and some bad plays,” Chudzinski said. “But I think Mitchell has grown and improved since then.” Schwartz said going up against Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense has helped him, since that is the style of defense division foes Pittsburgh and Baltimore employ. He’s getting work against the likes of Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo on a daily basis.” [Greetham/The OBR] —- “Despite the fact that you could pitch interesting story lines for almost any team, I think the best choice is Cavs vs. Wizards. I think it’s the obvious pick for a number of reasons. You have John Wall vs. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters vs. Bradley Beal. Again, you have two rebuilding teams that are trying to bounce back into relevance this season and will likely be battling for a playoff spot down the stretch. Heck, some fans are probably even old enough to remember the days when the Cavs and Wizards had some sort of rivalry (remember DeShawn Stevenson?). If I had my choice, the Cavs would be opening up against the Wizards at home to start the new season. And honestly, I think that has a pretty good chance of happening.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword] —- “Perhaps no position battle is more open than the one at wide receiver, where there’s an interesting mix of upperclassmen, junior-college transfer Corey Smith, gifted sophomore Michael Thomas and the possibility that multiple freshmen could get themselves into the mix. The guy to watch on defense is middle linebacker Curtis Grant, who Meyer says is way ahead of where he was a year ago — and at that time he had a long way to go. Uncertainty at cornerback lingers, too, with Bradley Roby facing a possible suspension and a talented but largely unproven group behind him. There’s a question mark at punter, too, but Ohio State’s kick coverage and kick return units have a chance to be outstanding with so much athleticism and competition from young players at running back, linebacker and in the secondary.” [Jackson/FSO] —- “The point is this: If we are going to create punishments that really are fair to players and effectively punish the wrongdoers in question, let’s do it in a manner that puts the hammer down where it really counts: in the pocketbook. Fine the University a huge amount of money, and make that fine so large that it makes all universities in the nation take notice. Fine the coaches a huge amount of money, and make that fine inescapable. Forget bowl bans and scholarship reductions. Keep the show-cause penalties, but beyond that, find a way to work a deal with the NFL that keeps coaches from bailing, scot-free, from the schools they just screwed over. Yeah, I am talking to you Chip Kelly, and you Pete Carroll. It’s past time that there were consequences for coaches who don’t seem to want to pay the piper.” [Gilman/Kanick] —- Finally, from MGBode- Notre Dame’s new uniforms. [CBS Sports]

NFL News: Browns extend long snapper Christian Yount

The Cleveland Browns extended a snapper on Tuesday, but not the one that fans have been clamoring for. Long snapper Christian Yount has been inked to a five year extension the team announced. “Christian has proven that he’s a reliable contributor,” Head Coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He’s an important cog at an often undervalued position. We’re happy to have him on our team...

Resting Richardson is the right move

BEREA, Ohio - Thursday night's preseason opener is big for the Cleveland Browns because it's the home "game" debut for a new owner, a new staff, a bunch of new players and a new product all involved hope is on its way to NFL relevance. One step at a time. But an early preseason cameo is more a necessary evil than any kind of real step, and with the Browns needing...

Weeden setting specific goals for first preseason game

BEREA, Ohio--Brandon Weeden is confident that the work he put in over the off-season will start to show up as the Browns open their preseason Thursday night against the Rams. Weeden is expected to play the first quarter, but he has some specific goals he would like to accomplish. "I want to be able to string together consecutive good plays, string together a couple of good drives...

Yount gets new deal from rebuilding Browns

Browns long snapper Christian Yount has agreed to a five-year contract with Cleveland that runs through 2017. Yount, 25, is in his third year with Cleveland and has played in all 21 games since being signed Nov. 29, 2011. He is the lone holdover among the Browns' specialists as they did not re-sign Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson or punter Reggie Hodges. The undrafted UCLA product...

Browns to likely rest Richardson for Thursday's preseason opener

The Cleveland Browns take on the St. Louis Rams in their first preseason game on Thursday, and running back Trent Richardson will probably stay on the sidelines, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. Last Thursday, Richardson was kicked in his right shin at practice, and the team doesn't want to risk any further injury to their lead back, who they have big plans for in...

For Browns like Tori Gurley, Thursday’s preseason game is urgent

The Browns open preseason play this Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium against the St. Louis Rams. The big storylines will be how the team performs in brand new offensive and defensive systems. Brandon Weeden’s plays will be put under the biggest microscope Cleveland has to offer. Whether or not Trent Richardson plays will get it’s fair share of attention. Jabaal Sheard...

Montario Hardesty Sidelined by Hamstring Injury

Browns backup running back Montario Hardesty is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury that may cause him to lose his spot as No. 2.Fantasy Spin:The oft-injured Hardesty has fallen behind newcomer Dion Lewis who has looked good in training camp. Hardesty is likely now battling with Brandon Jackson for a roster spot.

Trent Richardson Will Miss Preseason Opener

According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, Browns running back Trent Richardson (shin) will miss Thursday's preseason opener.Fantasy Spin:The number of preseason games Richardson has played in his NFL career will remain firmly at zero. He missed all four last year after undergoing knee surgery. The move to hold him out Thursday is considered precautionary, however. T-Rich has been...

Steady Schwartz improving

BEREA, Ohio-- The plan was to find a bookend for perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas to play right tackle for the Browns. So far, so good. The Browns used a second-round pick to take 6-5, 320 pound Mitchell Schwartz out of Cal in the 2012 NFL Draft. He didn't make it to the Pro Bowl as Thomas did in his rookie season, but he was voted to the Pro Football Writer's Association...

Yount Agrees to Extension

The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday agreed to terms on a five-year contract with long snapper Christian Yount, the team announced.

Report: If Jimmy Haslam steps down as owner of Browns, his father would take control

If Jimmy Haslam eventually relinquishes control as owner of the Browns in the midst of the federal investigation into Pilot Flying J his father Jim Haslam II would take over the team Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reported today citing unnamed sources. The FBI and Internal Revenue Service raided the headquarters of Pilot Flying J April 15 in Knoxville Tenn. and an affidavit...

NFL News: Browns issue statement on traffic for Thursday night’s preseason game

With the Indians playing the Tigers at 7:05 Thursday night, and the Browns taking on the Rams at 8:00, things could get a little messy downtown. The Browns issued a statement regarding parking and getting to the stadium. “With an Indians game also taking place downtown, and people leaving work on a weekday, fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early, leaving enough time to park...
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