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Baylor Connection Could Revive Struggling Browns

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Earlier this week it was announced former All Pro receiver Josh Gordon would be reinstated back into the NFL.

This was excellent news for two parties the Cleveland Browns organization and the career of Robert Griffin III. The Browns get back their most explosive offensive weapon and RG3 now has a bona fide number one receiving option to connect with. Gordon and Griffin are no strangers to each other the former Baylor teammates will look to bring some of that Waco magic to the starving fans in Cleveland .

It wasn’t to long ago in 2013 when Gordon took the league by storm torching any secondary that lined up against him. He became the first player ever to post back to back 200 receiving yard games, and finished with a league leading  1,646 yards that season according to (pro-football-reference.com).

The man formerly known as Flash racked up these numbers with a trio of average signal callers at best Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell, and Brandon Weeden, all saw time at quarterback that season for the Browns. We all know the story of what happened next the young star’s off the field activities led to a lengthy year long suspension that temporarily derailed the momentum of a promising career.

Fast forward a few years more mature and now with a solid support group around him there is a prime opportunity for a major comeback. Gordon has been reunited with arguably the most talented gunslinger he’s ever connected with in Griffin.

I have a great support staff here, more so than I’ve ever felt before,” Gordon said, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “It plays a part on both sides. Me wanting to give in to that support and allow them to help me and me wanting to be helped, as I opposed to before me trying to be selfish and do things on my own.”

RG3 is a few years removed from his spectacular rookie of the year campaign and has lost some of his luster over past seasons. But he may still have some magic left in the tank at only 26 years old there is a lot of room still for growth .Griffin now finds himself with a prime opportunity to turn a troubled franchise around and he’s in position to do it.

A new offense and revamped receiving corps that also boasts the latest Baylor U stud receiver to come through the draft in electrifying rookie Corey Coleman has sparked some optimism. Cleveland snagged the young speedster with the 15th pick in the draft and he could pose a dynamic pair with Gordon or serve as his potential replacement in the number one option role.

If all goes as planned these three Texas natives could lead the transition for a new competitive era for the Browns and head coach Hue Jackson in his first season. It won’t be an easy task by any means, Cleveland remains in the brutal AFC North and will have to contend with two playoff teams from last season as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals both have rosters stacked with established talent.

    However there is potential for this young team to be the Cinderella story C-Town and the Dawg Pound desperately deserve. It will take a Texas sized effort to end a 13 year long playoff drought.

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Thursday Night Football Preview

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Photo: © Dean Bertoncelj | Dreamstime

For several decades, the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns have been the laughing stock of the National Football League.

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.

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Josh Gordon Released by Browns

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In 2012, in the second round of the Supplemental Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Josh Gordon, wide receiver out of Baylor University.

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.

The Cleveland Browns go to New Orleans to face the Saints this afternoon. Stay tuned with Sports Rants with the latest NFL news.

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Browns’ Mychal Kendricks Charged with Insider Trading

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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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