Giants Draft Preview Capsule
6, 17. NEW YORK GIANTS (5-11)
LAST SEASON: Another bad start, another bad season, this time with coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman running show. RB Saquon Barkley became...
After trading Beckham, Giants made sure Shepard stays
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After shipping superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in a stunning trade, the New York Giants made sure Eli Manning had his second-favorite...
CLEVELAND (AP) — Discarded by Pittsburgh, veteran safety Morgan Burnett has landed in Cleveland.
The Browns addressed one of their open starting safety spots on Friday by signing Morgan, who...
Beckham calls trade to Browns surreal and a blessing
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. looked at quarterback Baker Mayfield seated to his left, Jarvis Landry to his right and Myles Garrett at the end of the dais.
PHOENIX (AP) — For all the off-field shenanigans, verbal discord and injuries, Odell Beckham Jr. still is a special player. Giants owner John Mara recognizes that in the wake of the team trading...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a week of being beaten up in the media over the trade of popular star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., general manager Dave Gettleman went on the offensive, saying...
Beckham gone, Giants’ turn of fortunes stunning
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — What a stunner!
After their first season under general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur, the New York Giants were thinking some pieces in free agency...
Giants trade Beckham to Browns, Jets get Bell
While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey — straight to Cleveland.
The superstar wide receiver is bound for the Browns to be a target for quarterback...
League’s most aggressive coach backs down at critical time
DENVER (AP) — Just six days after needling his quarterback for not being aggressive enough, Broncos coach Vance Joseph found Denver's season on the brink and his job on the line.
He backed down.
Trailing the Browns by four points in the waning minutes and facing fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 6, Joseph sent his kicker onto the field to a chorus of boos at Mile High Stadium.
Self-defense: Browns’ Peppers taking heat from angry fans
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jabrill Peppers has started playing self-defense.
The Browns defensive back said Thursday — his 23rd birthday — that he has stopped going out in public by himself in downtown Cleveland following hostile confrontations with fans unhappy with the way he's played.
Peppers said he has endured verbal taunts and some joking in the past, but that lately some of the encounters have nearly gotten physical.
Analysis: 2 ties down, many more could be coming in NFL 2018
Two weeks, two ties.
OK, let's get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied.
Browns exercise fifth-year option on S Damarious Randall
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns exercised the fifth-year option on defensive back Damarious Randall, acquired during the offseason from Green Bay.
Cleveland traded quarterback DeShone Kizer and swapped draft picks on March 14 with the Packers for Randall. The 25-year-old is expected to play free safety for the Browns, allowing Jabrill Peppers to move to strong safety, where he played more at Michigan.
Randall was selected by Green Bay with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 draft.
Browns rookie Peppers fined $24,000 by NFL for illegal hit
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jabrill Peppers scanned the email from the NFL and saw the amount of his fine.
"I stopped reading the letter," he said. "Yeah, I shut it down."
Cleveland's rookie safety was fined $24,000 by the league for his illegal hit on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone on Sunday.
Browns waive DB Campbell after hamstring injury
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns waived defensive back Ibraheim Campbell with an injury designation.
Campbell, who started two games at safety this season, injured a hamstring during practice on Wednesday. With his secondary still nursing some other injuries, coach Hue Jackson said it was vital to bring in a healthy player and the club signed defensive back Derron Smith off Cincinnati's practice squad.
Allen Park — Jabrill Peppers is stuck between a rock and a hard place. But then again, that's how it's always been.
This weekend's Lions game against the Browns brings the former Michigan standout back to town. After missing the last two games with a toe injury, Peppers confirmed on Wednesday on a conference call with reporters that he was ready to go and will start this Sunday at Ford Field.
Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo pick the Lions to beat the winless Browns in a closer game than you might expect.
Here are some of the other highlights in this week's edition of Lions Lowdown.
Diggs makes return for Vikings in London vs. Browns
LONDON (AP) — Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is active and is expected to play for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday when they face the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium.
Diggs, who missed the last two games because of a groin injury, was able to complete a full practice on Thursday and Friday. His return should help alleviate the burden on Adam Thielen, who caught 14 passes for 139 yards over the past two weeks.
Deep thinking: Browns playing rookie safety Peppers way back
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jabrill Peppers is playing yet another new position: way, way-back.
Cleveland's rookie safety has become the last line of defense for the Browns, who have gone to extreme measures to prevent teams from completing deep passes on their secondary.
Peppers has lined up 25 yards off the line of scrimmage in Cleveland's first two games, and the unusual strategy — devised by coordinator Gregg Williams — has been mostly effective in stopping the deep ball.
Browns Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-15)
New faces: QB DeShone Kizer, DE Myles Garrett, C JC Tretter, RG Kevin Zeitler, WR Kenny Britt, S Jabrill Peppers.
Key losses: WR Terrelle Pryror, CB Joe Haden, TE Gary Barnidge, QBs Josh McCown and Robert Griffin III, ILB Demario Davis, WR Andrew Hawkins.
The Natural: Browns rookie Peppers flashing many skills
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jabrill Peppers has instincts on the football field that can't be taught or coached.
He's a natural.
"When he was born, there was probably a football right next to him," Browns special team's coordinator Chris Tabor said. "It is just an innate ability for him. He understands and his football intelligence is extremely high."
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns rookie defensive back Jabrill Peppers has signed and now Cleveland's entire draft class is under contract.
Peppers and the Browns had been haggling over guaranteed money on his four-year-deal, which is worth $10.3 million and includes a $5.6 million signing bonus.
Cleveland Browns training camp capsule
CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-15)
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) — Jabrill Peppers only defended his reputation on the first day of the Cleveland Browns' rookie mini-camp
Covering wide receivers will happen soon enough.
Under scrutiny after being placed in the NFL's drug program for a diluted urine sample taken at the scouting combine, Peppers said he has no history using illegal recreational drugs and that Cleveland doesn't have to worry about him getting into trouble.
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."
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns didn't mess around with the No. 1 pick. They didn't find their franchise quarterback either.
Convinced that Myles Garrett was too good to pass up, Cleveland wasted no time in taking the consensus best player in the NFL draft with the first overall pick on Thursday night.
And although their biggest need remains a long-term answer at QB, Texas A&M's defensive standout should help one of the league's worst defenses.
Jabrill Peppers may get pushed to 2nd round of NFL draft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jabrill Peppers perhaps played out of position at Michigan last season, lining up as a linebacker even though he seemed most suited to play safety in the NFL.
He made enough plays to become a Heisman Trophy finalist as a junior and to determine he was ready to play in the league.
Harbaugh lands top WR Peoples-Jones to fill void at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh moved Michigan's "Signing of the Stars" event from a downtown theater to its basketball arena, incorporating some non-football coaches instead of putting such as Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Ric Flair on stage with him as he did last year.
Jabrill Peppers entering NFL after junior year at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jabrill Peppers is taking his do-it-all talent to the NFL.
The Heisman Trophy finalist announced his plans Tuesday to enter the draft and skip his senior season at Michigan.
"It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," Peppers said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "I'm choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It's something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two."
Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers: No decision yet on future
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan star Jabrill Peppers says he hasn't made a decision on his future.
After a report Tuesday on Forbes.com said he was heading to the NFL, a tweet calling the report "false" appeared on Peppers' account. A subsequent tweet said: "This is going to be one of the hardest decisions in my life."
Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers misses Orange Bowl with injury
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jabrill Peppers gave Michigan a little of everything this season.
He had nothing to give the Wolverines in the Orange Bowl.
The star linebacker — one of 15 positions the school gives him credit for playing this season — was a late scratch from No. 6 Michigan's lineup when the Wolverines lost to No. 10 Florida State 33-32 in the Orange Bowl on Friday night. Peppers hurt his left hamstring during the week, and was ruled out after trying to warm up before the game.
Michigan a 7-point favorite over Florida State
No. 6 Michigan (10-2, Big Ten) vs. No. 10 Florida State (9-3, ACC), 8 p.m. EST
Line: Michigan by 7.
Series Record: Tied 1-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Michigan looks to send its senior-dominated roster out the right way and not end the season on a two-game slide. Florida State is trying for its first bowl win since capturing the national title at the end of the 2013 season, and what would be a fifth consecutive season of at least 10 wins.
Alabama, Ohio State and Heisman winner lead AP All-Americans
No. 1 Alabama placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team, most of any school, and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and fellow Heisman Trophy finalists Jabrill Peppers of Michigan and Dede Westbrook of Oklahoma were also first-team selections.
Michigan’s Peppers shocked to be Heisman Trophy finalist
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jabrill Peppers pressed a phone against his right cheek, head bowed, and swayed from side to side.
He picked his head up when he heard unexpected news.
"Wow. Hey," he said, tilting his head back with a huge smile upon finding out he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!"
Heisman finalists: Jackson, Watson, Peppers, 2 Sooners
NEW YORK (AP) — After putting on a show in Death Valley back in October, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Louisville's Lamar Jackson will face off again.
This time in New York with the Heisman Trophy on the line.
The Atlantic Coast Conference quarterbacks who dueled in one of the best games of the college football season were named Heisman finalists Monday, along with Michigan's versatile star Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook.
Alabama’s Allen wins Nagurski award as top defensive player
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Team success is breeding individual success for members of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night given annually to the nation's best college defensive player.
Allen called it "the greatest single accomplishment of my life."
Heisman finalists: Jackson, Watson, Peppers, 2 Sooners
NEW YORK (AP) — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook.
The finalists were announced Monday on ESPN and the award will be presented Saturday in New York.
Michigan plays in Orange Bowl against Florida State
Michigan (10-2, Big Ten) vs Florida State (9-3, ACC), Dec. 30, 8 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Miami Gardens, Florida.
Michigan: LB Jabrill Peppers, 751 all-purpose yards, 72 tackles
Florida State: RB Dalvin Cook, 1,620 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns.
All-Big Ten defense and special teams
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten defensive and special teams awards and coach of the year awardsdas voted on by coaches and media:
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year_Jabrill Peppers, Michigan.
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year_Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State.
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year_Jabrill Peppers, Michigan.
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year_Jourdan Lewis, Michigan.
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year_Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota.
Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers Big Ten defensive player of year
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan's Jabrill Peppers has been named the Big Ten's defensive player of the year as well as top linebacker and return specialist in a vote of coaches and media.
Ohio State vs. Michigan: ‘We’re playing for it all’
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Besides having national playoff implications, this year's Ohio State vs. Michigan game is full of questions, story lines and intriguing matchups.
Can Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett solve Michigan's best-in-the-nation defense?
Will Michigan superstar Jabrill Peppers be able to shut down Curtis Samuel, Ohio State's do-it-all hybrid back?
Peppers play may go long way in determining Michigan’s fate
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jabrill Peppers will probably have to make big plays on defense, offense and special teams for No. 3 Michigan to upset No. 2 Ohio State and stem the tide in a lopsided series with its first win at the Horseshoe since 2000.
No. 4 Michigan hosts Indiana in last home game of season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan had momentum going in the wrong direction when Jim Harbaugh came back to the campus where he was a star quarterback.
The Wolverines were 5-7 in 2014, the fourth and final season in which they won fewer games than the previous year under Brady Hoke. They fired Hoke and hired Harbaugh, moves that have been hailed for turning around the program.
No. 2 Michigan faces road test at Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Michigan's unbeaten start has been built on a schedule loaded with home games in one of the nation's most intimidating stadiums.
No. 2 Michigan faces toughest road test yet at Iowa
No. 2 Michigan (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) at Iowa (5-4, 3-3), 8 p.m. (ABC).
Line: Michigan by 21½
Series Record: Michigan leads 41-14-4
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Michigan can still make the playoffs if it loses at Iowa by winning out and becoming Big Ten champions. For the Hawkeyes, an upset would go a long way toward redeeming a lost season.
AP HEISMAN WATCH: Jackson leads; race for 2nd is crowded
Even if Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson wins the Heisman Trophy in a landslide vote, there may still be a slew of finalists at the award presentation in New York on Dec. 10.
There are always at least three finalists for the trophy. Whether there are more is determined by point totals and the gap between vote-getters.
Wilton Speight helps No. 2 Michigan rout Maryland 59-3
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh is stumping for another Heisman Trophy candidate, shifting his lobbying efforts from Jabrill Peppers to Wilton Speight.
Michigan, Huskers on inside track to B10 title game, for now
The Big Ten enters the final month of the regular season with eight of the 14 teams still in realistic contention for a spot in the conference championship game Dec. 3. Here's a look at the road each team must face as it tries to make it to Indianapolis:
No. 2 MICHIGAN (No. 2 CFP)
Record: 8-0, 5-0, 1st place in East.
Remaining schedule: Maryland, at Iowa, Indiana, at No. 6 Ohio State.