After losing kicker Patrick Murray to a knee injury during Thursdays practice, the Browns were forced to sign former Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey. The Auburn product failed to deliver in his orange and brown debut, as he hit just 3 of the 6 field goals he attempted, including what would have been the game winning kick from 46 yards out as time in regulation expired.
However, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson refused to put the blame on Parkey.
“I know everybody will say it came down to the field goals, but I’m not going to put that kind of pressure on Cody, Cody just got off a plane with us and I don’t know him as well as I know this chair right now.”
Jackson’s joke about Parkey has been a representation of how this season has gone so far for the Browns. Jackson instead turned his focus to the positive takeaways of the game which included the emergence of WR Terrelle Pryor.
According ESPN, Pryor became the first Browns player since 1977 to have multiple receptions, rushes and passes in the same game. Pryor finished the game with 8 catches for 144 yards—both team leading and added 35 yards through the air and 25 on the ground. Pryor even lined up at safety during Sundays tilt.
While Pryor accumulated 200 of the Browns 430 total yards of offense, Pryor refused to take high praise for his highly versatile performance but remains to be loyal to Jackson who gave him the chance to play quarterback while the two were together in the Bay Area.
“I’m very dissatisfied with myself. But I’m proud of our team. I’ll play anything for Coach Jackson… Center… Tackle…”
Jackson’s use of Pryor just shows his savvy ability as an offensive play caller, and continued to show that with rookie Quarterback Cody Kessler, who Jackson has been put on record for saying that “everyone just needs to trust me on this one”.
Kessler’s NFL debut was nothing special as his numbers reflect that. Kessler completed 21 of his 33 passes for 244 yards. His only true blunder was a fumble early on in the first quarter, but after that the former Trojan seemed unfazed by the moment in South Beach.
“Cody Kessler was amazingly unflappable in his first NFL game,” All-Pro Left Tackle Joe Thomas said of the third man to take under center in as many weeks for the Browns.
While the Browns took strides in the loss at Miami, Jackson still doesn’t want to sugar coat the fact that the Browns were unable to leave Miami with a win.
“There are no moral victories in pro football, I’m going to say it again: From the first day I came, I said I didn’t come here to lose and I’m not going to change that. I’m not going to let our players feel like that. I did not come here to lose. We came down here on a flight and we expected to beat Miami and we didn’t.”
The Browns must shift their focus now to the Redskins as they travel to Washington hoping to get their first win of the season.
Thursday Night Football Preview
Down in New York, the Jets have struggled to find their new starting quarterback. They’ve tried quarterbacks like Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and Chad Pennington to become the next Joe Namath. But, all they had was heartbreak. Now, entering week three in 2018, they are 1-1 with Sam Darnold at the helm. Can they go 2-1?
Over in Cleveland, Ohio, all Cleveland rooted for were Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians. Since they returned in 1999, they’ve been through more quarterbacks then when someone changes socks. But, with a veteran quarterback leading the way and one waiting in the background, Cleveland is looking to be the top dawgz!
After almost winning in week 1 and losing by 3 in week 2, I feel like Cleveland Browns will finally win a game.
Josh Gordon Released by Browns
When the Cleveland Browns drafted Josh Gordon in 2012, the knew he was a talented wide receiver. Since coming into the league, he has totaled over 3,000 yards. However, the problem for Josh is staying on the field and away from trouble.
Gordon’s troubles in the NFL began in 2014 when he was first was suspended a DWI in North Carolina. He returned from a year-long suspension this season and the Browns even activated him on to the 53-man roster. on September 15, 2018, the Cleveland Browns released Josh Gordon
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network appeared on “Good Morning Football: Weekend” to give a reason why he was released. In short, it was because they just couldn’t trust him.
Browns’ Mychal Kendricks Charged with Insider Trading
Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with insider trading, with an official announcement from U.S. Attorney William McSwain coming on Tuesday detailing the charges.
Kendricks released a statement shortly after the announcement saying he accepts “full responsibility for my actions” and that he “knew it was wrong.”
“I would like to apologize,” Kendricks said in a statement released by his attorneys.
“Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it. I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired. His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence.
“To this point, I had worked my tail off since I was 5 years old to become a football player. I was drawn in by the allure of being more than just a football player. While I didn’t fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions.”
McSwain said both Kendricks and Damilare Sonoiki, a television writer who has been charged with assisting Kendricks, face “substantial prison time” if convicted.
“I sincerely apologize to my coaches, the owners, and my teammates on the Eagles and the Browns, the NFL, and the magnificent fans to whom I owe my career,” Kendricks said in the statement. “I also apologize to my family, who I have failed in this. You all deserve better, and I will work my hardest to re-earn your trust and respect, serve as an advocate to educate others, and show you that I will never be involved in anything like this again.”
Kendricks allegedly made a profit of nearly $1.2 million via four separate investments tied to insider trading around four years ago.
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