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The entire Colts organization, until just recently under Ballard, has been terrible at assessing and acquiring talent. They just so happened to suck in the same year that generational QB prospects have been the overwhelmingly correct 1st overall pick.
I do give them credit on not taking Ryan Leaf, who absolutely was considered comparable to Manning at the time.

There were still some hints of Leaf's poor work ethic, but he absolutely still would've gone high in the 1st round if not with the Chargers.

Evidently the Mannings agree that there was a level of competence required, since Archie orchestrated the Eli trade away from the Chargers.

Luck was considered only a moderately better choice than RG3, and I still think RG3 has at least an above-average career if the ACL tear doesn't happen.

Disclosure, Colts are 2nd favorite team, and I forgive them for resting starters in 2007.
 

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I really hate that there is so much uncertainty with this upcoming season. I really think the Browns are in a really good place going forward. In the past, I got on board and thought good things because I WANTED it to happen. Now, I think good things because I BELIEVE they are really set up to succeed.

I've been nothing but impressed with Andrew Berry and Kevin Stafanski in ways that I haven't been with every other combo the team has had. I really believe the team has it's leadership group aligned and set for the future. Crazy how if they last 3 years together, it will seem like forever. I see long term success because it comes from the top down. It also helps that it seems the Haslems seem the most hands-off that they've ever been.

Please let there be football in the fall.
 

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Browns signed fourth-round TE Harrison Bryant to a four-year contract.
The team also agreed to terms with sixth-round WR Donovan Peoples-Jones. Bryant (6’5/243) was an ultra-productive, three-year starting slot tight end at Florida Atlantic who tested in the 18th percentile at the NFL Combine after winning the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2019. As a senior, he led college tight ends in first downs (47), receptions (65), receiving yards (1,005), and yards per route run from the slot (3.53). On tape, he set up Group of 5 defenders with quality route running and timing, but rarely won with physicality or natural separation. His bottom 1st percentile 30.5-inch arms are a concern, as is his NFL projection as a run blocker. Likely maxed out as a 22-year-old experienced player, Bryant profiles as a backup pass-catching tight end with physical limitations and 4.73 speed.
 

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Browns signed sixth-round WR Donovan Peoples-Jones to a four-year contract.
Cleveland also agreed to a four-year deal with fourth-round TE Harrison Bryant. Peoples-Jones (6’2/212) was a five-star high school recruit and showcased 97th percentile Adjusted SPARQ athleticism at the NFL Combine, but his production at Michigan told another story. His career highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (612), and touchdowns (8) came as a sophomore, and he declared for the draft coming off a 34-438-6 season. He was inconsistent on tape, disappearing for most of the game only to make the occasional big play. Perhaps splitting his reps between the slot and out wide prevented him from excelling in either, but it is still a concern. His athleticism, particularly his burst (44.5-inch vertical and 139-inch broad), will be an asset on special teams as a potential punt returner and gunner, but he didn’t show enough to project him as a starting receiver early in his NFL career. The upside, of course, is there.
 

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Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip surgery) said he's "a little bit ahead of schedule" in rehab.
“The rehab processes is going great,” Landry said Wednesday during a Zoom video conference with Browns beat writers. “It’s just a little difficult obviously with some of the modality type of things that I’ve been doing that obviously with quarantine and everything I hadn’t been able to have access to. You know, I can’t predict when exactly I’ll be on the field, whether that’s July, August or September. But obviously my [anticipated] return date is sometime in August.” Just three months into a 6-8 month timetable following labrum surgery in February, an August forecast would put Landry on the field at the earliest date possible. He's still expected to be ready for Week 1.



 

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