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Cleveland Browns Confident In Running Back Group

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The Cleveland Browns are looking for any shred of hope that the upcoming season will be positive. Cleveland is hopeful that they can revive the career of Robert Griffin III and that new head coach, Hue Jackson, can help turnaround a franchise that has been in turmoil for far too long.

Although not one of the 14 1st round picks in this year’s draft was a running back, the Browns seem especially excited about the running game this season.

“If you look at (head coach Hue Jackson’s) record,” run game coordinator Kirby Wilson said per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “in terms of running the football and the amount that he runs it, you’re going to find out that he really, truly does enjoy running the football. We are going to be a run-oriented football team.”

“We are confident in that group,” Executive VP of Player Personnel Sashi Brown said. “It doesn’t mean that it is necessarily as accomplished as other running back corps around the league are, but Isaiah (Crowell) has a great opportunity, along with the other guys in that room. Duke (Johnson) certainly impressed us his rookie year. We expect big things out of both of those guys — Glenn (Winston), Terrell (Watson) and the rest of that group as well.”

The group will be headlined by the battle for carries between Isiah Crowell and Duke Johnson.

“I think Isaiah is a complete player, in terms of the tools that he brings to the game,” Wilson said. “He’s explosive, he’s got really nice size, he’s got the natural ability to play the position, and he’s a bright young man, so football comes easy to him, in terms of the preparation part.”

“I thought Duke has a lot of those qualities that a lot of great running backs have, in terms of being a receiver,” Wilson said. “He’s got receiver background, he played it in high school, and he’s a playmaker whether he’s spread out or coming out of the back field. He’s very comfortable in space, he’s got natural ability to catch the football, and he knows how to run routes.”

“Duke Johnson was a draft pick a year ago who kind of burst onto the scene and had a ton of catches and made some unbelievable plays,” Jackson said. “So I’m looking forward to working with him. I think he’s very talented.”

Labeling Johnson as the “ultimate weapon” is heaping both high praise and immense pressure on the young running back. But Johnson does have the potential to be the lead back and a successful one in the Browns’ offense.

It’s still early, but it does look like Johnson is the back to beat for the starting role simply by reading between the lines.

Whether or not Johnson seizes that opportunity and proves to be a success remains to be seem but we will know a lot more once training camp starts playing out.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Thursday Night Football Preview

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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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