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Browns coach Hue Jackson welcomes Art Briles’ offensive thoughts

Former Baylor coach Art Briles was a guest of Cleveland coach Hue Jackson on Wednesday, appearing on the Browns practice field and wearing team gear. cheap NFL jerseys

Jackson said he invited Briles in order to pick his brain about offense. cheap NFL jerseys

“He’s a tremendous offensive-minded football coach,” Jackson said. “I’m always looking for different ways of doing things and comparing things.”

Jackson understood the sensitivity of bringing in Briles, who was fired by Baylor in May after an investigation commissioned by the school found that the football program did not properly handle allegations of sexual assault by players. Briles told ESPN in September that he made mistakes while at Baylor and that as the leader of the team he was responsible for them. He also apologized to the victims. cheap NFL jerseys

“What happened at Baylor was at Baylor,” Jackson said. “I respect what you’re saying and understand that trail, but at the same time I think everybody deserves an opportunity to kind of do what they do. Again, I respect everybody’s feeling and I don’t condone anything or not. But that’a not for me to judge. cheap NFL jerseys

“The opportunity to pick his brain and have him be around and talk to him and get to know him outside of all of that in a different capacity is what was important to me.”

Jackson has promised to take a strong stand with off-field issues and his team.

“A strong stance with the people within our organization,” Jackson said. “(What happened at Baylor) happened at a different time and not here. I can’t judge that. I understand everybody has an opinion about it. I get to judge here. And what goes on here in our building.” cheap NFL jerseys

Briles, who hopes to coach again, could be with the team for up to two weeks. He visited the Browns in training camp Aug. 5, and said it was to visit his former Baylor players, something he had done at various teams throughout the preseason.

“There’s some things that I wanted to understand a little bit better,” Jackson said. “Again, the guy’s a tremendous offensive mind. I think we all recognize that. If we recognize nothing else, he is that.”

Bengals WR Brandon LaFell: Tom Brady one of the best of all time

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell has two jobs this week: Play well, and give his team as much help as possible regarding Tom Brady’s tendencies. cheap jerseys

LaFell played with the Patriots in 2014 and ’15, so it’s probably his job this week to relay back as many of Brady’s “tells” or weaknesses as possible.

That is, if there are any to exploit.

In his 17th season, there’s not much left about Brady a defense hasn’t seen at least once. But there aren’t many defenses that have stopped him on a regular basis either. cheap jerseys

“Even his bad weeks he’s throwing for 300 yards, three touchdowns and their might be one interception, but the way Tom plays week in and week out it’s a high level; there’s not much drop-off,” LaFell said. cheap jerseys

LaFell may wear different colors now, but the respect for Brady didn’t leave when he signed with the Bengals. When asked if he played with the greatest quarterback of all time, LaFell said he’s one of them.

“That’s an argument that can be made,” he said. “I definitely will say he’s one of the best to me.”

LaFell said he and Brady exchange text messages from time to time. LaFell texted him following both of their games on Sunday (Brady threw for three touchdowns vs. the Browns in his return from suspension). cheap jerseys

LaFell is just one of the endless faces whom Brady has thrown to over the course of his career. The names and faces of the receivers didn’t matter so much to Brady if they did their jobs correctly.

“He made sure you knew the plays, he made sure you knew where he wanted you to be at, and he was consistent,” LaFell said. “You knew, ‘As long as I’m in my spot, I’m going to get the ball. As long as I do everything right and I do what I need to do, I’m going to get the ball.’” cheap jerseys

Added Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton: “He gets his guys the ball. Guys make plays for him. You can tell he’s got full control over everything they’re doing on offense. He’s so good because he gets all the guys to play for him, regardless of who’s in there. He’s won with a lot of different guys out there. That’s why he’s one of the best.”

Colts should not think about signing Arian Foster

Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys Gore is on a mission to get his ninth 1,000-yard rushing season after coming 33 yards short in 2015. And it wouldn’t be surprising if there’s as big of a gap in carries between Gore and his backup in 2016 as there was last season, when Gore had 227 more than his closest teammate.

Mike Wells: The Colts need to find a backup for Gore and they need get younger at running back, perhaps even Wholesale Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys to the point of starting to think about a replacement for Gore, who just turned 33. Arian Foster, despite having rushed for at least 1,200 yards four times, isn’t dependable because he can’t stay healthy. He’s played in all 16 games San Diego Chargers Jerseys during a season just twice during his seven-year career. Foster, 29, is also coming off a torn Achilles suffered last season. Darren Sproles, meanwhile, has a playing style that would fit what the Colts need in a third-down running back. But you also have to factor Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys in his Wholesale San Diego Chargers Jerseys age: He turns 33 in June.

Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski talked about the Colts’ situation behind Gore recently.

“I think we went out in the offseason and brought in some guys that I’m excited about,” Chudzinski said of a pair of Colts newcomers. “[Robert] Turbin, I’m excited to see him out there. Jordan [Todman] is out there. The assessment of these guys really doesn’t happen until training camp.”

Turbin, 26, was Marshawn Lynch’s backup in Seattle for his first three seasons. He has 281 rushing attempts for 1,127 yards and a touchdown and 50 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns in his career. Todman, also 26, has 115 carries for 472 yards and three touchdowns in his four NFL seasons; he also Wholesale Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys has 40 catches for 314 yards and two scores.

With key blockers out, Bengals linebacker switches to fullback

So far, the big story out of the Cincinnati Bengals’ organized team activities involves tight end Tyler Eifert and the injury that could force him to miss a couple of games at the start of the season.

The hope is that his rehab from a surgery that was conducted Wednesday will be fully wrapped up by training camp, and wholesale NFL jerseys that he can return to action before the Bengals open the season at the New York Jets on Sept. 11.

But in case he isn’t ready, where do the Bengals turn? We answered the Tyler Kroft pass-catching portion of that question earlier Wednesday morning. Second-year tight end Kroft’s role would increase, as would opportunities for Bengals playmakers A.J. Green, Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. But what about on the blocking side of the tight end position? It appears the Bengals have that answered, too.

Perhaps it’s ultimately unrelated, but it is hard to avoid drawing parallels with the timing of Eifert’s surgery, the early OTA absence of H-back Ryan Hewitt and the appearance of time linebacker Jeff Luc at fullback during Tuesday’s open OTA session.

A first-year player wholesale NFL jerseys who spent part of last season on New Orleans’ practice squad, Luc was signed by the Bengals as a free agent early in the offseason. He’s one of many players simply hoping to make the roster. At the Bengals’ rookie camp two weeks ago, he played the position he has occupied since his junior year of high school: linebacker.

But that changed Tuesday.

“I would say it was a mutual cheap NFL jerseys thing,” Luc said of the decision to move him. “It’s up to the coach to make the decision and it’s up to me to go out and do the best I can. It was brought up to me and I said, ‘Sure, whatever I can do to help the team.’ I just want to win.”

Wednesday afternoon, the Bengals also signed rookie free-agent fullback Andrew Bonnet (North Dakota State), giving them added backfield blocking depth.

One of Florida’s top high school recruits at linebacker in 2010, Luc originally signed to play at Florida State. Among the first of then-new FSU coach Jimbo Fisher’s recruits, he was considered the player who helped get Fisher’s Seminoles off and running on the recruiting trail. Florida State won the national championship three years later. That same year, Luc completed a transfer to the University of Cincinnati, where cheap jerseys he played linebacker for two seasons.

During Luc’s recruitment, several schools, including Cincinnati, once viewed him as a tight end. As a high school sophomore, he turned heads there as both a blocker and receiver.

So maybe it shouldn’t have been too alarming to see him on offense at Bengals practice. Besides, Hewitt’s absence for an undisclosed injury, for now, also leaves an extra hole at the blocking positions. As the Bengals go through this part of their offseason practice schedule, why not test out a young player’s versatility?

Luc isn’t sure if the move will be permanent, but he is glad to have the opportunity to keep proving himself.

“I have an advantage [at fullback], because as a linebacker, I know what I don’t like what a fullback would do to me,” Luc said. “Now seeing it from a fullback perspective, I can really take advantage of that.”

Luc’s transition, so far, hasn’t been too difficult.

“The fullback position is not as tough as the ‘Mike’ [linebacker],” Luc said. “The ‘Mike,’ you cheap NFL jerseys are the quarterback of the defense. With that being said, I’ve got one role. I’ve got to go block here from different formations, so I’m wholesale jerseys picking it up here and there. It’s not as hard as people think it is.”