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The throw in overtime to Derrick Willies after pressure was in his face was awesome. On passes longer than 20 yards downfield, PFF says that Mayfield was “4-for-7 for 90 yards, one touchdown, and a passer rating of 141.4.”Running BackPosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsIt’s not often that the snap count percentages surprise me when I see them, but this was certainly the case this week, learning that Duke Johnson played over half the snaps on offense. Nick Chubb played more snaps than any other game this season, although his 3 carries for 2 yards were a season-worst.Don’t be sour on the day that Carlos Hyde had. His touchdown streak may have ended, but PFF notes that 61 of his 63 rushing yards came after contact and that he forced five missed tackles against Baltimore.Wide ReceiverPosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsJarvis Landry made an error near the end of regulation. His 17-yard pass converted a first down, and he easily would’ve had the sideline to stop the clock. Instead, he tried to side-step inside [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-hoodie]Cleveland Browns Womens Hoodie[/url] , thinking he could fool the defense, and was tackled immediately. Cleveland rushed to the line and clocked the ball, but you basically lost two plays there.I don’t know what the Browns should do with Antonio Callaway. For the most part, I still like the routes he is running...but the drops are way over-the-top now.Rashard Higgins broke off his route in the first quarter, leading to an interception. He was unphased after that, though, catching two long passes on third down and then having a touchdown grab. Unfortunately, his birthday game ended early due to a sprained MCL that will keep him out indefinitely. Higgins had the 3rd highest PFF grade on offense for the Browns (72.5).Derrick Willies answered the bell filling in for Higgins, including the key 39-yard catch-and-run on third down to help set up the game-winning field goal. Rod Streater played 18 snaps, but was blown up on a reverse that tried to utilize his speed — Baltimore was all over it.Tight EndPosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsThe six catches were a career high for David Njoku, but the play that stands out is the athletic attempt he could not bring in on the sideline. That type of catch is how I envision Njoku being a weapon, but he just doesn’t bring them in enough on gameday. Can we channel him back to that first preseason game?Seth DeValve played 9 snaps in his first game back and had a 26-yard reception.Offensive LinePosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsAfter a series of solid games by rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison, he was really no match for veteran rusher Terrell Suggs. Per PFF, Suggs “bull-rushed Harrison all game long.”The Browns allowed 5 sacks and 8 quarterback hits.JC Tretter (77.9) and Kevin Zeitler (68.1) were the Browns’ 2nd and 5th highest graded players on offense, respectively. Rookie Austin Corbett played three snaps.Cleveland Browns Training Camp Recap: Day 3 - Todd Haley Yells The pads were cracking on Saturday for Day 3 of Cleveland Browns training camp. Our full practice report summary is below.Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report - Day 3 (7/28/18)1. Now the Crackalackin’ Starts: Saturday was the first day of Browns training camp that saw the players put the pads on. HBO’s Hard Knocks gave a teaser of what head coach Hue Jackson said before practice started about it: “So now we get on some pads, huh? Woo! Now the crackalackin’ starts.” It didn’t take long for that term to become widely used among the reporters in attendance.LB Christian Kirksey once again led the team huddle to kick off practice, telling his peers to “be smart [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-customized]Womens Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url] , but go hard — learn how to practice like pros.”2. Drill of the Day: We’re always good for seeing DE Myles Garrett leaping through the air to tackle a dummy, right? Also, it’s out excuse for mentioning Garrett’s name for the first time this camp.That’s not all the defensive line did, as they went at the sleds hard too.3. Return Groups: Before practice started, WR Antonio Callaway and WR Evan Berry were fielding punts as SS Jabrill Peppers watched alongside them. WR Corey Coleman and CB Terrance Mitchell also got some work in that area.After practice started, the players getting punt return reps were Callaway, WR Jarvis Landry, WR Da’Mari Scott and WR C.J. Board.4. SIREN PERIOD! Head coach Hue Jackson was asked yesterday if the pads going on meant that the siren period (i.e. live tackling) would also make its debut on Saturday. He was coy about it, but sure enough, an hour into Day 3 of practice, the sirens went off — and that meant it was time to get serious. Unfortunately, video of this period typically isn’t available due to media restrictions.5. Corey Coleman’s Ups and Downs: One of the players who has kind of had the spotlight on them in camp, both for good and bad reasons, is WR Corey Coleman. That continued on Day 3 of camp. On the plus side, Coleman reportedly had a “sensational diving catch” against CB T.J. Carrie in 1-on-1 drills. Carrie made up for it the next time the two squared off, batting a ball away with tight coverage.Coleman made a good grab on a slant pass from QB Tyrod Taylor. But he caught the wrath of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who showed that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams isn’t the only one who curses in camp. Jordan Zirm of ESPN said that Haley chastised Coleman for night fighting through a hold by CB T.J. Carrie to try to make a play on a deep ball.6. Alignment to Watch: According to Jake Burns of The OBR [url=http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com]www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com[/url] , one of the interesting alignments that Cleveland showed up front had DT Trevon Coley and DE Emmanual Ogbah, with DE Myles Garrett and ILB Genard Avery in 2 point stances on the outside.In general, Burns also reports that the first-team defensive tackles have been Trevon Coley and Jamie Meder, and the second-team defensive tackles are Larry Ogunjobi and Caleb Brantley. Brantley made it through practice today not having to leave with cramps. Speaking of Ogunjobi, here he is making a nice play stuffing RB Nick Chubb on a tackle:7. Bernie Makes an Appearance: If you love seeing QB Bernie Kosar, then Saturday was your chance to see him up close. You can see him below standing alongside owner Dee Haslam.8. Overall QB Impressions: From reading camp reports, the overall impressions of the quarterbacks today were that both players look solid in general, but that Saturday wasn’t QB Tyrod Taylor’s day. QB Baker Mayfield was more on target. Both players got more reps since veteran QB Drew Stanton had the day off. Stanton did explain that the RV was his idea and that they got Mayfield to purchase it.9. Brownies: With OT Greg Robinson sidelined with a concussion, rookie OL Austin Corbett worked with the second-team offense at left tackle. ... Per Jake Burns of The OBR, WR Jeff Janis is “as advertised as a ‘gunner’ on punt team and can flat out fly.” ... OLB Jamie Collins took part in team drills for the first time, while LB Mychal Kendricks got a day of rest. ... If you are looking to see a scrimmage practice, head coach Hue Jackson said the Browns will “scrimmage” in Berea on Friday. ... Even Jackson is getting friendly with the fans this camp, taking photos with a couple of fans who were calling out to him after practice.10. Next Up: Practice continues Sunday in Berea, from 3:00 PM to 5:55 PM.
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While there’s going to be a lot of people thinking the Saints were overrated because of it, they should also remember the team scored 40 points in that game, Drew Brees had 9.8 yards per attempt, Alvin Kamara had over 100 receiving yards, and Michael Thomas was uncoverable. Cleveland, meanwhile, couldn’t win a game with a plus-5 turnover ratio. It’s hard to trust the Browns coaching staff to overcome what’s probably going to be a high scoring game — at least on one side.Carolina (+6) over ATLANTAIn the past week, the Falcons lost Keanu Neal for the season during the game against the Eagles and lost Deion Jones seemingly out of nowhere. Those are two massively important pieces to an Atlanta defense that was only 22nd in yards allowed per drive last season. Those two guys are the speed in the middle of the defense that cover up for some mistakes. Carolina’s offense didn’t look great against Dallas, but this game should see all of the Christian McCaffrey touches and if that’s the case, the Falcons might not be able to do anything about it. The Falcons might have to rely even more on the offense and while that might work against some other defenses, the Panthers’ D is too good to get into a shootout.WASHINGTON (-6) over IndianapolisThe Washington offense was in a groove against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. It was Alex Smith throwing short passes — the shortest of the week by a significant margin — Adrian Peterson running like a modern running back, and Chris Thompson already returning to form. Indianapolis really doesn’t have anyone on defense that should be able to stop that. Andrew Luck played well in his return, but like his other Colts seasons, he might have to play against his teammates as well as his opponents. PHILADELPHIA (-3.5) over Tampa BayNo team that won in Week 1 had a quarterback play worse than Nick Foles. He became the first quarterback to win a game with at least 30 passes below 3.5 yards per attempt. We can assume he’ll play a little better this week. The interesting thing about the surprising Tampa Bay win is the Buccaneers still only came out 21st in Football Outsiders’ VOA (no opponent adjustments), which only takes Week 1 into account, because the defense (and special teams) was so bad. We know a Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense won’t consistently be that good, but there’s less evidence to prove the defense, which finished 32nd in DVOA last season, won’t consistently be that bad.Kansas City (+4) over PITTSBURGHThe Steelers laid their annual egg on the road and came out with a tie. They still came out of the game 12th in VOA and first in DAVE. Pittsburgh finished sixth in VOA on defense in Week 1 and the question will be if they have anyone who can prevent Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill from connecting deep. 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This was a team built for James Bettcher that hired a head coach with a vastly different defensive philosophy. A defense in transition is not what you want to run against the Rams — just ask Jon Gruden.DENVER (-6) over OaklandLast week, we talked about the Denver altitude being a big factor in early season games. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll admitted after Week 1 that it had an impact on a few of Seattle’s players. That’s going to come into play again this week and against a worse team.New England (-1) over JACKSONVILLEThis is a rematch just about everyone should want to see. The Jaguars probably would have won the AFC Championship Game if they continued being aggressive throughout the second half, but they sat back and allowed the Patriots to do Patriots things. With Leonard Fournette not 100 percent, it might cause Jacksonville to be a little more aggressive throughout the game, which would be to their benefit. But until further notice, always pick the Pats is not a bad strategy to have.Giants (+3) over DALLASNeither one of these teams played particularly well in Week 1 and this Sunday night game might not be pretty. By VOA after Week 1, the Giants are ahead of the Cowboys (19th to 24th), but by DAVE these two teams aren’t close (ninth for Dallas, 31st for the Giants). The truth is probably somewhere in the middle and there’s really no result on Sunday night that should come as a surprise.CHICAGO (-3.5) over SeattleThe Seahawks have played a dangerous game with the blocking in front of Russell Wilson for the past few seasons. This might be the week when it really becomes a problem. Khalil Mack had himself a day against the Packers and lined up against the right tackle on all of his pass rushing snaps — watch them here. Seattle’s right tackle is Germain Ifedi, who has yet to develop as a former first-round pick. It’s hard to see that working out for a Seattle offense that’s already down Doug Baldwin, regardless of how superhuman Wilson can be at times.Last week: 9-6-1Season: 9-6-1Scouting the Signal-Callers: Drew Brees will provide difficult test for Giants’ defense The New York Giants righted the ship somewhat last week, earning their first win of the 2018 season with a 27-22 victory over the Houston Texans.Things get harder this week when Drew Brees and the 2-1 New Orleans Saints come to town.Brees and company improved to 2-1 on the season with an overtime victory on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. On the year Brees is once more one of the league’s top passers, leading the NFL in completion percentage (80.6 percent) and having thrown eight touchdowns on the year without an interception. His game against Atlanta, in which he completed 39-of-49 passes for 396 yards and a touchdown, in addition to his touchdown scramble that set up overtime, was almost clinical in passing execution. It was a performance that saw him named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. The Giants’ defense will have a number of things to worry about when facing Brees, but here are just three areas of concern.PlacementEight years ago ESPN featured Brees on its “Sport Science” program, testing whether the QBs renowned accuracy could match up with Olympic archers. The video is impressive, but Brees was making his throws in ideal conditions, without facing a pass rush or defenders in the secondary.Eight years later Brees is still making throws with pin-point accuracy, now with defenders in the secondary and in the face of blitzes and defensive pressure. HIs prowess at ball placement was on full display Sunday in Atlanta.Let’s look at how Brees and Michael Thomas (13) opened the proceedings:Brees hits Thomas on a deep over route and the Saints are immediately in Falcons’ territory. This is the very first play of the game. The placement and the timing are critical to the success of this play, as Brees’ throw hits Thomas in stride, allowing him to maintain his acceleration and separation from the cornerback in coverage:But because Brees puts this throw on Thomas before the safety can rotate down, he gives his receiver an opportunity to prepare for the hit from the safety. That gives Thomas a chance to pick up additional yardage after the catch. Quarterbacks play a huge role in YAC, and Brees certainly helps here.The Saints have a number of weapons in the passing game, from Thomas and Ted Ginn to Alvin Kamara out of the backfield. But they use the tights ends, Josh Hill and Benjamin Watson, effectively as well. On this second-and-6 play from the second quarter, the Saints use a vertical concept and Brees looks to Watson (82) on a seam route:This is another perfectly-placed throw, over the underneath defender in trail coverage to a spot where only Watson can make the catch. In addition, it comes on a vertical route that Brees releases from the Falcons’ 42-yard line, and drops in on the Atlanta 7-yard line:A 35-yard throw made with both precision and placement. This is extremely difficult to defend.TimingAs we saw on the first throw to Thomas, Brees is very adept at making timing throws, in rhythm with the structure of the offensive play. Whether on a throw downfield like to Thomas, or on shorter routes [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/ray-ray-armstrong-jersey]Authentic Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey[/url] , Brees puts his receivers in position to succeed after the reception by getting the ball out of his hands with perfect timing. Here are two examples of this ability, and how it translates to success for the Saints’ passing game and their receivers.In the second quarter the Saints faced a first-and-10 and ran a simple curls/spacing concept, with each of the receivers on the play running routes at a depth of 4 yards:As you can see, the inside receivers run curls while outside receivers run out routes. Thomas is at the top of the image, and he runs a quick out route working toward the right sideline.The timing and anticipation on this throw from Brees is perfect, as the ball is on Thomas as he comes out of his break. That puts him in position to pick up additional yardage after the catch:When you can turn a 3-yard pass into a 17-yard gain, you’re doing something right offensively.This next play, from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, is another example of Brees using timing and anticipation to put his receivers in a good place after the catch. The Saints face a second-and-7 midway through the final quarter, and have the football on their own 22-yard line. Trailing by seven, New Orleans needs to mount a drive.They run a simple slant/flat combination to the weak side, with Thomas running the slant route and Kamara (41) releasing to the flat:The Saints catch Atlanta in zone coverage here, but what really makes this throw is the timing of it. Brees does not wait for Thomas to clear the underneath defender, instead, he throws him open behind him:That puts Thomas in position to ready himself for contact from the safety crashing down:It is a simple play but it speaks to the brilliance of Brees and what he can do for his teammates with timing and anticipation. Play-actionWith Mark Ingram serving one more game of his four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs, Kamara remains the focal point of the Saints’ rushing attack. While New Orleans has struggled on the ground so far this season, averaging just 3.3 yards per rushing attempt and 82.7 yards per game, placing them 28th in the league in that category, they are still successful on play-action passing plays. That begins with design from Sean Payton, but it is aided along by execution from Brees himself.Against the Falcons the Saints got into the end zone for the first points of the game using a play-action design down near the goal line:The Saints come out with Taysom Hill (7), a third-string quarterback, in the game. This is something New Orleans does often, using Hill in the red zone or for a few packages per game. They align in a 2x2 formation with Ginn (19) in a wing to the right. On this play, Brees fakes a toss to the left before booting back to the right, a standard play-action design. It is Ginn who is the target, who comes down the line of scrimmage on this underneath shallow route, and that is where Brees goes with the football.New Orleans showed the same look later in the first quarter, only this time Brees looked to Hill (89) running the underneath shallow route from the left wing:While these two plays are more standard, textbook boot-action designs they are not the only way New Orleans looks to attack a defense off play-action. In the extra frame against the Falcons, Brees found Thomas on a deeper crossing route that had more of a throwback element to it. Brees came out of a play-action fake again rolling to the right, but then he stopped to throw a deep crossing route to Thomas where he receiver was working right-to-left:On this play Thomas does a very good job on executing his route. Instead of going over the top of the linebacker dropping into zone coverage to handle him, Thomas cuts underneath him, making himself available for Brees. The QB hits Thomas, who cuts upfield and into Falcons’ territory with a big gain.From accuracy and placement, through timing and rhythm, and into play-action schemes, Brees is playing at a high level right now and will be tough to slow up on Sunday. That task falls to the Giants’ defense, and it is indeed a tall test.
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