Jets’ Saleh: ‘I’m just proud of the guys because we didn’t quit’

The New York Jets(1-1) got an improbable win in Cleveland(1-1) against the Browns on Sunday. Down 30-17 with just under two minutes left in the game, the jets fought back.

First, it started with a busted coverage from the Browns as Joe Flacco connected with Corey Davis on a 66-yard touchdown. Then, Justin Hardee recovered Braden Mann’s onside kick. From there, they would go 53 yards in nine plays, which ended with a 15-yard Garrett Wilson touchdown reception from Flacco.

Finally, the Jets sealed the victory when Ashtyn Davis intercepted Jacoby Brissett’s pass on the Bronws’ final drive.

“For sure. I do not know where it ranks, but it is up there,” said Flacco about whether this was the craziest ending to a game in his career. “Look, at one point, you’re sitting on the bench, and they have the opportunity to run the clock out. Obviously, when he scores, you are thinking, okay, that is not what he is supposed to do. But I am sure they were still thinking, ‘okay, it is 30-17.’ That play to CD (Jets WR Corey Davis) obviously quieted the crowd a little bit. You have to give credit to the guys on the sideline, the guys that were in this game.”

Jets coach Robert Saleh was happy with the way his guys fought and glad to get a win.

“You can hear it. We’re off the snide. I love the way this feels,” he said. “[We have to] find a way to stack them up. There is a lot of stuff that we have to clean up, but I’m just proud of the guys because we didn’t quit. That’s probably the biggest thing that I’ll take away from it.”

The comeback would not have been possible if Browns running back Nick Chubb had just gone to the ground instead of scoring what appeared to be the game-clinching touchdown. Additionally, Browns kicker Cade York would miss the extra point. 

“Yeah, you know what, that’s going to be one that shows up on Friday for us as teachable moments,” said Saleh about Chubb’s touchdown. “I’m sure (Browns Head Coach Kevin) Coach Stefanski is very, very detailed. I’m sure that’s in their vocabulary, and I’m sure it’s just one of those moments. They scored, and the echo on the headset was that they gave us a chance; let’s see what happens.”

Wilson added: “As soon as Chubb scored. Coach said, ‘they just gave us our only chance.’ We go down 30-17, and then (Jets WR Corey Davis) CD has a quick touchdown. At that point, we are all believing. Now we are going to get this onside kick. As soon as they scored, we were like, ‘Oh, that is kind of quick; we still have a shot at this.”

Throughout the week, many called for Saleh to bench Flacco, but to the 15-year veteran’s credit, he had a solid performance as he was 26/44 for 307 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday. Despite everything, Saleh still trusts Flacco.

“Joe is 37 years old; he has been in this league a long time,” Saleh said. “He has seen the worst of times and the best of times. He knows that last week wasn’t his best game. You just trust that a guy like Joe, who has been in this league long enough, will rebound. You knew that he will take care of the football and that he would get the ball where it needed to go and give ourselves a chance.”

You can say the Jets got lucky against the Browns, but good teams make their own luck. Not to say the Jets are a good team. However, they beat a good team on the road, which could be something to build on.

Browns’ Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended for the first 11 games of the 2022 regular season and fined $5 million for violations of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, the league announced Thursday.

The 26-year-old’s suspension will take effect at the final roster cutdown(08/30), and Watson will be eligible for reinstatement on November 28 and return in Week 13 against his former team, the Houston Texans. 

In addition, according to the NFL, Watson will promptly undergo a professional evaluation by behavioral experts and will follow their treatment program.

According to the league, the announcement comes after an agreement reached by the NFL and the NFLPA and concludes the disciplinary process.

On August 1, NFL Disciplinary Officer and former Judge Sue L. Robinson determined that Watson had violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy for alleged sexual misconduct during massage sessions and suspended Watson for six games with no fine, but the league appealed the decision, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the case.

“Deshaun has committed to doing the hard work on himself that is necessary for his return to the NFL,” Goodell stated via a press release from the league. “This settlement requires compliance with a professional evaluation and treatment plan, a significant fine, and a more substantial suspension. We are grateful to Judge Robinson and Peter Harvey for their efforts in addressing these matters, which laid the foundation for reaching this conclusion.”.

Twenty-five women filed civil lawsuits accusing Watson of sexual misconduct that allegedly took place during massage sessions from March 2020 to March 2021. One woman dropped her case, and Watson has settled with 23 of the 24 women. In addition, the Houston Texans, recently settled with 30 women concerning allegations that the team enabled Watson’s behavior during massage sessions.

No criminal charges have been levied against Watson at this time as two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him.

In March, the Texans sent Watson and a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for a 2022 first-round pick, 2023 first-round pick, 2024 first-round pick, 2023 third-round pick, and 2024 fourth-round pick. Following the deal, he signed a five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million team with the Browns.

According to the league, Watson’s fine and contributions from the NFL and the Browns of $1 million each will create a fund of $7 million. This fund will support the work of non-profit organizations across the country that educate young people on healthy relationships, promote education and prevention of sexual misconduct and assault, support survivors and related causes.

NFL moves Raiders-Browns, WFT-Eagles, Seahawks-Rams

COVID is wreaking havoc on the NFL, and Friday, the league had to postpone three games.

The Las Vegas Raiders-Cleveland Browns game scheduled for Saturday, December 18, has been moved to Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

The Washington Football Team-Philadelphia Eagles game and Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams game scheduled for Sunday, December 19, have been moved to Tuesday, December 21. Washington-Philadelphia and Seattle-Los Angeles Rams will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on FOX and be available on NFL Sunday Ticket.

According to the league, these schedule changes are based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFLPA as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus this week, resulting in a substantial increase in cases across the league.

The updated Week 15 schedule (all times ET):

Saturday, December 18

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts                  8:15 PM                 NFLN

Sunday, December 19

Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills

1:00 PM

FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

1:00 PM

FOX

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

1:00 PM

CBS

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

1:00 PM

CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

1:00 PM

FOX

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers

1:00 PM

CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos

4:05 PM

CBS

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

4:05 PM

CBS

Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens

4:25 PM

FOX

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8:20 PM

NBC

Monday, December 20

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns                       

5:00 PM

           NFLN

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

8:15 PM

ESPN

Tuesday, December 21

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams                       7:00 PM                     FOX

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles      7:00 PM                     FOX

Allen, Garrett, Tucker named AFC players of the week

Quarterback Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, defensive end Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns and kicker Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 3 (September 23, 26-27).

OFFENSE: QB JOSH ALLEN, BUFFALO BILLS

  • Allen completed 32 of 43 pass attempts (74.4 percent) for 358 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 129.8 rating and added a rushing touchdown in Buffalo’s 43-21 victory over Washington.

  • This is the seventh-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Allen:

    • 2018: Week 17

    • 2019: Week 11

    • 2020: Weeks 2, 9, 13, 15

    • 2021: Week 3

  • Allen trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly (10-time winner) for the most Offensive Player of the Week awards by a Buffalo quarterback.

  • He joins Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry as the only players to win a Player of the Week in each of the past four seasons (2018-21).

DEFENSE: DE MYLES GARRETT, CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Garrett recorded seven tackles and a franchise-record 4.5 sacks in Cleveland’s 26-6 win over Chicago.

  • This marks the second Defensive Player of the Week award for Garrett (Week 4, 2020).

  • He becomes the first Brown to win multiple Defensive Player of the Week awards since defensive end Courtney Brown (Week 5, 2003 and Week 3, 2000).

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Tucker converted four of five field goals, including an NFL-record 66-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Detroit, 19-17.

  • This is the 12th-career Special Teams Player of the Week award for Tucker:

    • 2013: Week 10, 12, 15

    • 2014: Week 3

    • 2015: Week 4, 8

    • 2016: Week 12

    • 2018: Weeks 3, 17

    • 2019: Weeks 5, 6

    • 2021: Week 3

  • He is now tied with Jason Hanson (12) and Matt Prater (12) for the third-most all-time by a kicker. Only Adam Vinatieri (19) and John Carney (13) have earned the honor more.

Jags’ Schobert: ‘I want to be able to change the culture into a traditional winning culture’

Winning has not always come easy for Jaguars LB Joe Schobert. In his first four seasons in the league, all with the Cleveland Browns, Schobert has not made the playoffs, but he hopes that will all change in Jacksonville.

Back in March, the 26-year-old Schobert signed a five-year, $53.75 million deal with the Jaguars, which included $21 million in guaranteed money. Although he did not win in Cleveland, Schobert aims to be apart of a winning tradition with the Jaguars. 

“I come from a franchise where I didn’t play in the playoffs,” Schobert said via a conference call on Tuesday. “I was 1-31 my first two seasons; that was my record. I just want to prove that I can be a part of a winning franchise, a winning organization. In 2017, the Jaguars went to the AFC Championship game, but I want to be able to change the culture into a traditional winning culture to be a team that can go to the playoffs year after year and become one of the more successful franchises in the AFC, competing for titles every year.”

With the addition of Schobert, who is expected to be the Jaguars starting middle linebacker in 2020, Myles Jack will move to the outside, which Schobert believes benefits Jack.

“I came in at the same time as Myles Jack, and I remember in college watching UCLA stuff when he was playing running back and linebacker, running all over the field and making plays all the time,’ Schobert said. “I think the 2017 (AFC) championship game against the Patriots if you watched that game, you just see the talent he possesses, how fluid he is as an athlete, and how sudden he can be and explosive.

“My goal for me coming in here is to just take things off of the plate, being able to set the defenses, make the calls, make the checks and their adjustments and let Myles just go be an athlete out there and wreck the game which he has the ability to when he doesn’t have to be caught up in trying to get other people lined up and be responsible for all that communication.”

Jacksonville is hoping to get their defense back to what they were in 2017, which ended with the Jaguars making it to the AFC title game. The Jaguars invested two first-round picks in this year’s draft on defense(CB C.J. Henderson, LB K’Lavon Chaisson), so if Schobert plays well in the middle and Jack gets it done on at the outside linebacker spot, that will go a long way to getting the defense right in 2020.

Jaguars sign TE Seth DeValve

The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed fourth-year TE Seth DeValve (Cleveland), fourth-year RB Tyler Ervin (Baltimore), rookie LS Matt Orzech (Baltimore) and rookie RB Devine Ozigbo (New Orleans) off waivers.

To make room on the roster, the Jaguars released third-year DT Eli Ankou, fourth-year TE Ben Koyack and eighth-year LS Matt Overton. Additionally, the Jaguars placed RB Alfred Blue on their reserve/injured list. Blue is eligible for reserve/injured – designated for return.

DeValve, 6-3, 245, was selected by Cleveland in the fourth round (138th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft and recorded 48 receptions for 596 yards and four TDs in 41 games (10 starts) from 2016-18 with Cleveland.  

Ervin, 5-10, 182, participated in Baltimore’s training camp in 2019 after spending the second half of the 2018 season on the Ravens’ practice squad. He was originally selected by Houston in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft and played in 25 games with the Texans from 2016-18. 

 Orzech, 6-3, 246, spent OTAs and training camp with Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie. He appeared in 45 games with eight starts as a tight end and contributed on special teams for Azusa Pacific, where his collegiate career spanned six years.  

Ozigbo, 6-2, 225, signed with New Orleans as an undrafted rookie in 2019 and spent OTAs and training camp with the team. The Sachse, Texas native had 21 rushes for 92 yards in four preseason games for the Saints.

Ex-Brown Kevin Zeitler: ‘It’s definitely an exciting time in Cleveland’

Cleveland is rocking right now. They seem to have their quarterback of the future in Baker Mayfield, and not only does Mayfield have Jarvis Landry to throw to but he also has Odell Beckham Jr., who was acquired in a trade with the New York Giants last week.

There has not been this much excitement in Cleveland since LeBron James won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016, and If all goes as planned, maybe Cleveland could celebrate another title soon.

One of the players sent to New York in the trade for Odell Beckham, G Kevin Zeitler, believes that fun has just begun in Cleveland.

“You look at what they have done these last couple of weeks; it’s definitely an exciting time in Cleveland,” Zeitler said on a conference call on Monday. “I think the guys there are going to have a very good time this next year. Like I said, there’s nothing I can do about it. They traded, and the Giants wanted me. I’m excited to be here, and we are going to do everything we can to get the same amount of buzz in New York.”

Zeitler, who spent two seasons in Cleveland after signing a five-year, $60 million contract with the Browns in 2017, endured so much losing in Cleveland, including 0-16 in 2017, so you have to feel for Zeitler, but football is a business, and in business, things happen.

 

 

Nick Chubb believes the Browns will make the playoffs in 2019(VIDEO)

There is a lot of excitement in Cleveland when it comes to talking about the Browns. First, the team won 7 games in 2018, which is the most since 2014. Next, they may have found their franchise QB in Baker Mayfield, who threw 27 touchdowns in 2018, which is the most by any rookie QB in NFL history. Furthermore, they have talent on defense with Pro Bowlers Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward. Finally, according to ESPN, the Browns are going to have close to $80 million in cap space in 2019, and a new head coach in Freddie Kitchens, who helped turn Cleveland’s offense around in the second half of the season after the team fired head coach Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley.

All these things are enough for Browns fans to have a lot of optimism in 2019, which is shared by their RB Nick Chubb. The rookie RB, who got the bulk of the carries after the team traded RB Carlos Hyde in October, and ran for close to a 1000 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in 2018, believes the Browns will take that next step and make the playoffs in 2019.

When asked by TMZ Sports if he believes the Browns will make the playoffs next season, Chubb said, “Yea, we will.”

The AFC North will probably be wide open next season. The Steelers have some internal issues going on, the Ravens have a good defense, but they’re questions on the offensive side of the ball, and the Bengals are the Bengals. So, If Mayfield is what he showed in 2018, and management improves the team even more in the offseason, the playoffs are a possibility, but the NFL is a weird league, and sometimes players don’t develop and take that next step, or sometimes injuries derail things, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Video/courtesy: TMZ Sports

 

 

Damien Woody to Baker Mayfield: Why you worried about Hue Jackson?(VIDEO)

Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns got a little revenge on their former head coach Hue Jackson on Sunday as the Browns dominated the Bengals 35-20 in Cincinnati. Mayfield did his part by throwing for 258 yards and four touchdowns.

Jackson joined the Bengals coaching staff as a special assistant after getting fired by Cleveland back in October. Unfortunately for the Bengals, he was not much help against the Browns on Sunday.

After the game, Mayfield barely shook Jackson’s hand and had this to say about his former coach:

Today, former NFL player and ESPN NFL analyst Damien Woody had this to say to Mayfield:

In the end, Jackson has to make a living. The Browns fired him. Therefore, he needed a job, and he found it. You can’t begrudge a man for wanting to make a living for him and his family — something the 23-year-old Mayfield might not know too much about at this stage of his life.

Browns’ Rashard Higgns: ‘Don’t count us out just yet’

The Cleveland Browns have made progress in 2018. After winning a combined one games in the past two seasons, Cleveland has three wins heading into their AFC North showdown with the Bengals, and while Cleveland has improved, their former head coach Hue Jackson was fired after the Browns were beaten by the Steelers in Week 8. Jackson was replaced by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and in Week 10 against the Falcons, the Browns played with a lot of energy and were able to beat Atlanta 28-16.

At 3-6-1, the Browns chances of making the playoffs are bleak, but according to wide receiver Rashard Higgins, the Browns can still possibly make some noise in the AFC.

“Don’t count us out this year, man,” Higgins told TMZ Sports. “We still got a few games to go. The way we ended going out on the bye week, we feel great heading into Cincinnati week, so don’t count us out just yet.”

You have to love Higgins’ enthusiasm, and at this point, the Browns are still in striking distance of the final wild-card spot held by the 5-5 Ravens.

Can the Browns make the playoffs? That seems unlikely, but the NFL is a crazy league, so anything is possible. However, don’t expect Cleveland in the playoffs in 2018.