Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 05, 2018 at 1:08 am.

–The Browns were caught off guard when linebacker Mychal Kendricks was indicted on insider trader charges. They knew an investigation was underway when they signed him in June, but were led to believe he was a victim.

Kendricks admitted his guilt and apologized in a written statement. It did not save his job. He was in line to be one of the Browns’ top four linebackers, maybe even start, but they cut him the same day the story broke. Now the playing time that would have gone to Kendricks is likely to go to James Burgess.

–Wide receiver Josh Gordon is working his way back into playing form after missing the first three weeks of training camp to get counseling for his new-found sobriety. He will not start against the Steelers but is expected to play.

“We will come up with the right package for him to play,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “I would not expect him to go play the whole game or anything like that, but I expect him to contribute to the football team when we get ready to play Pittsburgh and he is ready to go.”

Gordon has played in just 10 games since leading the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013. He missed 54 for violating NFL substance abuse policies.

–The booby prize for going 0-16 in 2017 is the Browns have the first crack at every player waived through the first three weeks of the season. They are likely to tinker with the bottom of their roster often; they were awarded five players on waivers on Sunday.

“There will be a lot of moving parts as all of this plays out over the next few days, but I think that everyone within our organization is excited about the work that we have ahead and the opportunities that are in front of us,” Jackson said.

–Guard Earl Watford was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 26. He signed with the Browns two days later. Two days after that he played briefly against the Lions in the final preseason game and two days after that he beat out Spencer Drango for a roster spot among the Browns offensive linemen.

“He gives us some more versatility, another proven player that has 33 starts in the National Football League,” Jackson said. “You can never have too many good linemen that have the potential to play.”

Jackson would not say rookie Austin Corbett has a lock on the starting job at left guard. Watford might end up taking it from the rookie.

–WR Jarvis Landry: Landry averaged 100 catches a year in four seasons with the Dolphins. He has great chemistry with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He doesn’t give up on balls thrown in his direction. His leadership cannot be measured in numbers. He might have to share the ball more than he did in Miami, but he is exactly what the Browns need when they do become a playoff contender.

–RB Nick Chubb: First overall pick Baker Mayfield would be the logical choice for this if he were starting, but the plan is to sit him behind Tyrod Taylor. Chubb was a “run the defender over” ball carrier in college, but he proved to be more than that against preseason opponents. He can bounce to the outside and turn the corner quickly. He will have to share the ball with Carlos Hyde, but should still be the Browns’ most productive rookie.