5 Upsides For The Browns

Browns head coach Hue Jackson had no more of an update than the team provided earlier Wednesday about the status quarterback.

Griffin, who has been on injured reserve since Week 1 because of a shoulder injury, has been cleared for non-contact activity but likely won’t practice with the team this week, Jackson said.

As soon as the next day, Jackson said he liked what he’d seen and heard from after last week’s loss to the Ravens, and that feeling only grew Wednesday after an impressive practice.

Wednesday served as his second practice since the removal.

Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor said Kessler wasAwesomeat Wednesday’s practice

Asked abouts drop in production since the first quarter of the season, Jackson promptly said it was his fault and heaped praise on the third-year running back.

Everybody in the league is going through some of those things so I don’t not look at it and go, ‘Woe is me,'” Jackson said.

Fixing what’s gone wrong in second halves throughout the season remains theme in Berea, and players were greeted with a reminder Wednesday when they hit the practice field.

We have been up at halftime on about six of these opportunities. Normally, that is where you want to be. For some reason, we have not been able to finish it,” Jackson said.

We had a lot of energy today offensively, defensively, special teams, and thought it was one of our best practices of the season, so it is a positive. That is all I am going to take out of it is it’s a positive and we can’t look back on the past. Let’s try to make some big time plays so we can talk about that next week and say how awesome we did, and we can do that Sunday, so I am looking forward to it and we all are.”



2017 Hall Of Fame Semifinalist Announced

During NFL’s Network’s “Gold Jacket Semifinalists special” the field of Hall of Fame nominees was condensed from 94 down to only 26.  The 26 semifinalists will be trimmed to 15 finalists in early January. The current group includes 15 offensive stars, eight defensive stalwarts, two coaches and one kicker. Among the first-year eligibles, former San Diego Chargers running back (and current NFL Network analyst) LaDainian Tomlinson is the headliner. Other first-year eligibles include safety Brian Dawkins, defensive end Jason Taylor and wide receiver Hines Ward. Those players will be joined by 2016 finalists such as Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Terrell Owens, John Lynch and Don Coryell. Davis, the former Denver Broncos running back, has made the semifinalist list 11 times, the most of any nominee this year. Davis, Warner, Owens and former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson will be interesting names to track when the debates heat up in January. Once the list is reduced to 15 finalists, those candidates will join Senior Finalist Kenny Easley and 2017 Contributor Finalists Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue when the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee meets to vote on the eve of Super Bowl LI.

Here is the complete list of semifinalists (names listed in alphabetical order):

1. Morten Anderson, kicker (New Orleans Saints, 1982-1994; Atlanta Falcons, 1995-2000; 2006-07; New York Giants, 2001; Kansas City Chiefs, 2002-03; Minnesota Vikings, 2004)
2. Steve Atwater, safety (Denver Broncos, 1989-1998; New York Jets, 1999)
3. Tony Boselli, offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars, 1995-2001; Houston Texans, 2002)
4. Isaac Bruce, wide receiver (Los Angeles Rams, 1994; St. Louis Rams, 1995-2007; San Francisco 49ers, 2008-09)
5. Don Coryell, coach (St. Louis Cardinals, 1973-77; San Diego Chargers, 1978-1986)
6. Roger Craig, running back (San Francisco 49ers, 1983-1990; Los Angeles Raiders, 1991; Minnesota Vikings, 1992-93)
7. Terrell Davis, running back (Denver Broncos, 1995-2001)
8. Brian Dawkins, safety (Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2008; Denver Broncos, 2009-2011)
9. Alan Faneca, guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2007; New York Jets, 2008-09; Arizona Cardinals, 2010)
10. Chris Hinton, offensive tackle/guard (Baltimore Colts, 1983; Indianapolis Colts, 1984-89; Atlanta Falcons, 1990-93; Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95)
11. Torry Holt, wide receiver (St. Louis Rams, 1999-2008; Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009)
12. Joe Jacoby, offensive tackle (Washington Redskins, 1981-1993)
13. Edgerrin James, running back (Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005; Arizona Cardinals, 2006-08; Seattle Seahawks, 2009)
14. Jimmy Johnson, coach (Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1993; Miami Dolphins, 1996-99)
15. Mike Kenn, offensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, 1978-1994)
16. Ty Law, cornerback (New England Patriots, 1995-2004; New York Jets, 2005, ’08; Kansas City Chiefs, 2006-07; Denver Broncos, 2009)
17. John Lynch, safety (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1993-2003; Denver Broncos, 2004-07)
18. Clay Matthews, linebacker (Cleveland Browns, 1978-1993; Atlanta Falcons, 1994-96)
19. Kevin Mawae, center (Seattle Seahawks, 1994-97; New York Jets, 1998-2005; Tennessee Titans, 2006-09)
20. Karl Mecklenburg, linebacker (Denver Broncos, 1983-1994)
21. Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers, 1996-2003; Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-05; Dallas Cowboys, 2006-08; Buffalo Bills, 2009; Cincinnati Bengals, 2010)
22. Jason Taylor, defensive end (Miami Dolphins, 1997-2007, ’09, 2011; Washington Redskins, 2008; New York Jets, 2010)
23. LaDainian, Tomlinson, running back (San Diego Chargers, 2001-09; New York Jets, 2010-11)
24. Hines Ward, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2011)
25. Kurt Warner, quarterback (St. Louis Rams, 1998-2003; New York Giants, 2004; Arizona Cardinals, 2005-09)
26. Darren Woodson, safety (Dallas Cowboys, 1992-2003)



Jaguars players considered protest, but pig socks scuttled plans

A group of Jacksonville Jaguars players did consider participating in a protest during the national anthem in support of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, at least until Kaepernick wore socks with pictures of pigs dressed as police officers.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara, speaking at a town-hall panel discussion Tuesday night featuring several players and civic leaders, said a group of 10-12 players talked to coach Gus Bradley about their decision to protest, but they couldn’t get organized and then Amukamara decided to drop out because of Kaepernick’s socks.

I do agree with what Colin was kneeling for and how it wasn’t against the military, but he was protesting against injustice that was being toward black Americans being shot,” Amukamara said.

Me, KB , and a lot of guys on the team, either we were going to do it together or not at all. It wasn’t just going to be one or two people it was going to be 10 or 12 people and we just couldn’t get it worked out.”

Five players did eventually come up with a protest on their own several weeks later before the Jaguarshome game against Baltimore on Sept. 25.

Concern about race relations and social injustices is why Amukamara and Beachum, along with long snapper Carson Tinker, participated in the town-hall meeting at Ever Bank Field.

The discussion touched on topics such as the climate of race relations in the country, identifying solutions to ease tensions between people of different backgrounds and races and building a game plan to implement some of those solutions in the Jacksonville area.

Curry drew applause from the crowd when he said effective change won’t happen until people admit that there is a gap of trust between the races.

The reality is I can walk out of here tonight and walk into a strange neighborhood at 9 o’clock tonight vs. an African American male and I am less likely to have a judgment. I probably won’t have any judgment on me, and an African American male likely will.”

The panel eventually decided on a 10-point plan to foster that change, including challenging the community to get out and meet different people, host more events that connect kids and police officers, diversifying mentoring programs and increasing city funding for programs for at-risk youths.

Amukamara said the panel discussion was a good first step but what happens next is even more important.

We hope this is not a huddle and we just stay in the huddle and keep talking about the play. We do hope that everyone breaks from this huddle and goes out and picks one of those solutions that we put on the board.”


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