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As a local market representative and league manager of one of 16 teams invited to be a part of Crown Royal’s inaugural Fantasy Football League dubbed “First and Crown,” I will be using this spot every Sunday before the Browns kick off against their respective opponent to tell you who I’ll be watching during this Week’s contest.
This week’s spotlight shines on: Jabaal Sheard
The Cleveland Browns defense is undoubtedly the team’s strength, putting up top-seven numbers through the season thus far. Said “strength” has also struggled over the last two weeks, letting the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions combine for 55 points. While Jabaal Sheard missed the team’s Week 4 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he was still nursing his knee injury over the course of the last two weeks, forcing a tighter rotation at the outside linebacker spot.
Facing arguably the league’s best quarterback in the NFL at Lambeau Field this week and Sheard’s return could not be more timely. While rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo faired well during his extended time, Sheard’s ability to get to the quarterback as well as move down the line to defend the run is imperative. Rob Chudzinski isn’t committing to immediately reinserting him into the starting lineup, but adding someone with Sheard’s skill set to the mix will instantly add a threat that will have to be accounted for by the Green Bay Packers offensive line. Aaron Rodgers has been sacked on 23 percent of all plays where pressure is provided, the fourth-worst mark in the league. Conversely, Sheard’s pass-rushing productivity, as graded by Pro Football Focus, is good enough for fourth best in the entire NFL.
Extended drives will only serve to fatigue a unit that has been on the field entirely too often as of late. Getting to Rodgers early and often will be key for the Browns. Having Jabaal Sheard back in the fold should only serve to help this cause.
Previous Spotlight Players:
Josh Gordon, WR
Barkevious Mingo, OLB
Brandon Weeden, QB
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Scott: So… Was that the last start for Brandon Weeden? Should it be his last start?
TD: They cannot trot him out there at home again. It will be a the ugliest of ugly scenes if they do so. My guess is they start him at KC, let him hang himself with more bad QB play on the road against one of the best defenses in the league, and prepare Campbell to start in two weeks against...
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The Cleveland Browns were busy Friday making moves in anticipation of their Sunday matchup with the Green Bay Packers. First and foremost, the team parted ways with running back Bobby Rainey, then promoted two off the practice squad to the active roster, wide receiver Tori Gurley and cornerback Julian Posey, according to the NFL's transaction wire.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, at least three teams have contacted the Cleveland Browns in an effort to trade for wide receiver Josh Gordon.
At least 3 teams have contacted Browns about deal for WR Josh Gordon; two have standing offers of a high pick and a player. Browns balking.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013
With the trade deadline fast approaching...
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden's short career may have hit a crossroads in today's matchup against the Green Bay Packers. If Weeden can lead the Browns to a victory, he buys himself some time, however, a loss will bring the calls for backup Jason Campbell.
The Cleveland Browns travel to cheese country to take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Who is in? Who is out? Find out, in your Cleveland Browns Week 7 injury report.
The Browns have one player listed as out; defensive lineman Billy Winn (quadriceps). Winn did not participate all week.
There is one player listed as questionable and that is linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique...
The Cleveland Browns were awarded defensive back Jordan Poyer off the waiver wire on Monday.
Poyer is a 6-0, 191-pound defensive back in his rookie season out of Oregon State. Selected by the Eagles in the seventh round (218th overall), he appeared in three games and registered two tackles on defense and one on special teams.
A consensus All-American as a senior at Oregon State,...
Yawn. Every NFL fan’s worst nightmare is reality once again in Cleveland. The team is not only bad, but a deadly combination of bad and boring. That’s my takeaway from Green Bay as the Browns failed to do nearly anything offensively all day. The Browns end up falling to the Packers 31 to 13.
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Jermichael Finley suffered one of the scariest hits of the season in yesterday's game against the Browns.
The game stopped for six minutes while a stretcher was brought out to take Finley out of the game.
The good news is that Jermichael was able to regain feeling in all of his extremities. The bad news is that he's being kept in an intensive care unit until doctors...
Mike Wilkening of NBCSports reports that the Cleveland Browns claim rookie cornerback, Jordan Poyer, off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.
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On Sunday the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers will meet in a Week 7 contest
Few would have pegged the Browns at 3-3 but that is exactly where they stand as they face a the 3-2 Packers.
Coverage of the game between the Browns and Packers will air on CBS beginning at 4:25 pm ET from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.
Afternoon games, anyone?
CLE @ GB Cleveland offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn’t phased after an early interception by the Packers:
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