AP source: Browns TE Njoku broke right wrist against Jets
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns tight end David Njoku got more banged up against the Jets than previously known.
Along with a concussion, Njoku broke his right wrist while trying to brace himself...
Browns release veteran tight end Darren Fells
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released veteran tight end Darren Fells, increasing the likelihood they address that position in free agency or the NFL draft.
Raw rookie: Mayfield unapologetic for on-field antics
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield went from scowling at Hue Jackson to glaring at critics.
Three days after he tried to embarrass his former coach with a prolonged stare down in the closing minutes of Cleveland's win over Cincinnati, Mayfield owned up to his actions and then said he doesn't regret them.
NFL ICYMI: Baker gets a win, and sends his best to Hue
Maybe it was Baker Mayfield's way of saying "Merry Christmas" to his old coach.
OK, maybe not.
Mayfield threw for 284 yards and three scores in engineering the Browns to yet another win Sunday, but his staredown of fired Browns coach Hue Jackson grabbed more attention than anything. It came after the rookie quarterback connected with David Njoku for a 66-yard gain that sealed a 26-18 victory over Cincinnati.
Browns ‘sticking’ with plan to start Taylor over Mayfield
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — He's still Baker the backup.
Despite rookie Baker Mayfield's stellar performance in his NFL preseason debut, the Cleveland Browns are not moving the No. 1 overall pick into the starting lineup ahead of Tyrod Taylor.
"National hype," quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said, downplaying the outside push to elevate Mayfield after one game. "We have our plan, we're sticking to it and when it changes we'll all know."
Jake Butt prepares for NFL debut after sitting out 2017
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The forgotten member of last year's deep tight end class makes his NFL debut Saturday night, and Jake Butt is fired up to show he's just as good as O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and David Njoku.
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Tight end becoming focal point of NFL offenses
If you were watching NFL games last weekend — and for much of the season — and didn't notice Zach Ertz and Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and Rob Gronkowski, well, you probably weren't watching very carefully.
Tight end, not too long ago almost an afterthought for many teams, has become a critical spoke in the offensive wheel.
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Browns rookie tight end Njoku experiencing growing pains
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns have very high expectations for tight end David Njoku. It's easy to understand why.
The first-round pick from the University of Miami stands 6-foot-4 and is a chiseled 246 pounds, casting an imposing shadow at each training camp practice.
"David is an extraordinary athlete," Cleveland tight ends coach Greg Seamon said Thursday. "He is a big, strong guy and a very bright young man. David is in the rookie mode and he is progressing well.
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OPEN CAMP: July 27, Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns signed rookie tight end David Njoku, one of their three first-round draft picks.
The deal is projected to be worth $9.5 million and includes a $5.06 million signing bonus.
Njoku was selected with the No. 29 overall pick by the Browns, who took defensive end Myles Garrett (No. 1) and safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers (No. 25) earlier in the first round. Peppers is the only one of 10 draft picks still unsigned by Cleveland.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Myles Garrett discussed his deep interest in poetry and dinosaurs before shifting to another of his favorite activities.
It's not sailing.
"I love to hit," said the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, drawing a smile from Jabrill Peppers, who was seated to his left as the Cleveland Browns introduced their new players. "I love to hit and I love to compete. So those two things combined, that's why me and him are sitting by each other."
Browns cut tight end Gary Barnidge in surprise move
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Gary Barnidge provided production, leadership and a community presence for some brutally bad Browns teams the past four years.
On Friday, they cut him.
A former Pro Bowler, Barnidge was released in a surprising move by Cleveland, which used one of its three picks in the first round Thursday night to select Miami tight end David Njoku.
Following the pick, Barnidge, who made 134 catches for 1,655 yards over the past two seasons, went on social media to greet his new teammate.
Miami’s new quarterback will have plenty of receiver talent
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami wanted speed in this recruiting class, and got plenty of it — on both sides of the ball.
Wide receivers Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley Jr. were among the top gets for the Hurricanes on Wednesday, along with junior-college cornerback Jhavonte Dean and freshman Trajan Bandy. Miami also added plenty of help on the offensive line, and picked up two quarterbacks in Cade Weldon and N'Kosi Perry.
Brad Kaaya comes full circle, as Miami faces West Virginia
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For Brad Kaaya, the Russell Athletic Bowl was a beginning.
Kaaya breaks Miami record, Hurricanes top Duke 40-21
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Brad Kaaya was getting tired of throwing short passes. So he called an audible to go deep, and that's when the Miami Hurricanes responded.
And if this was Kaaya's Miami farewell, it was stellar.
Kaaya became Miami's all-time career passing leader, throwing for 396 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns as the Hurricanes beat Duke 40-21 on Saturday. Kaaya now has 9,686 yards in three seasons — 121 more than Ken Dorsey, who piled up 9,565 from 1999 through 2002.
Kaaya leads Miami past Virginia, 34-14
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — First-year Miami coach Mark Richt never talked to his team about qualifying for a bowl game with a victory at Virginia, figuring the Hurricanes had three games left to ensure a .500 record and a chance to play in the postseason.
Brad Kaaya opened the season with an easy, 67-point win.
The second act was not as pleasant. - In the first half against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Miami’s junior quarterback — widely considered a first-round NFL draft pick, should be choose to leave school early — threw two interceptions and finished 9 of 20 for 131 yards.
If the Hurricanes only had one of David Njoku, Chris Herndon or Stan Dobard, they might be OK.
Pick two, and they would have a strong tandem. - All three?
“That’s hard to guard,” Herndon said. “For anyone.”
That’s what opponents might write on their scouting reports about Miami’s group of tight ends,...