From one reclamation project to another, the Browns are trying to rebuild their offense.
The team signed former Patriots fourth-round pick Josh Boyce jersey on Sunday. Boyce has three starts and nine receptions to his credit over the past three NFL seasons. He was cut by the Indianapolis Colts jerseys last week after their preseason opener.
Head coach Hue Jackson’s offense has no shortage of playmakers from unconventional backgrounds at the moment, with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor standing out as the top deep-threat wide receiver on the club. Boyce, who has always been a wide receiver and is one of the most productive scorers in TCU football history, is known as much for his sprinting ability.
The 5-11 wideout enters the mix at a time of great excitement but great uncertainty in Cleveland. Perhaps Jackson can find a more productive outlet for Boyce’s combination of speed and hands. His arrival could also be a challenge to Taylor Gabriel, who occupies a similar role with cheap NFL jerseys in the offense at the moment.
The Cleveland Browns have been through hell and back with Josh Gordon. They aren’t about to part ways with the oft-suspended wideout now that he’s finally ready to play.
NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football that the Browns had conversations with teams about Gordon and were willing to part ways with him in exchange for “a second-round pick and then some.” However, the Browns are no longer trying to shop the wide receiver, who will serve a four-game suspension to open the year before returning against the Patriots in Week 5.
ESPN first reported the potential trade discussions.
For his part, Gordon said he has no ambitions to leave Cleveland and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“Cleveland is my team. That’s where I want to be,” Gordon told ESPN.com. “(Browns owner Jimmy) Haslam, the organization, coach (Hue) Jackson, I think the world of those guys, this city, this organization. They’re showing me the love and respect back to me by allowing me to stay here up to this point.
“I expect to move forward with that. I’m excited about it. This is where I want to be and I’m happy to be with Cleveland.”
Gordon, who hasn’t played in a game since December 2014, is practicing with the Browns and appears likely to make his preseason debut on Friday against the Buccaneers.
The Browns have supported Gordon through multiple suspensions and a tangled web of off-the-field distractions. If Jackson can help the 25-year-old keep his focus, the Browns have a chance to feature the pass-catcher in juicy three-wideout sets alongside Terrelle Pryor and rookie Corey Coleman jersey.
Longtime beat writer Tony Grossi of ESPN doesn’t expect the Browns to move Gordon any time soon:
Grossi: The Browns are anxious to reap the benefits of Josh Gordon. Bottom line: Cleveland can’t afford to part ways with anyone who can help the team win.
The Browns aren’t simply a farm team sitting around waiting to feed Gordon to the Patriots or some other playoff-bound franchise looking for a “final piece of the puzzle.” Not unless they’re getting a king’s ransom in return.
The bad blood flowed early in Cleveland’s Sunday afternoon 35-10 loss to the Cowboys.
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Both Browns center Cam Erving and Dallas pass rusher David Irving were ejected from the game for unnecessary roughness after fighting with each other deep in Cowboys territory with 12:44 left in the first quarter.
“That’s just being on the ground that long,” Irving said after the game per NFL Network’s Jane Slater. “I kinda wanted to go and I was angry. He wanted to go and buy cheap jerseys, he was angry. It led up to something bad.”
Erving and Irving were caught tangling after a Cody Kessler pass to Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins fell incomplete in the end zone on third down. Cameras showed the Dallas defender standing over Erving before the second-year blocker ripped off Irving’s facemask.
“I almost started crying,” Irving said. “I was highly upset. I just had high emotions at the time. I wanted to get back out there. In my mind, I wanted to go out there and line up against (Erving) every single play from that point on. I didn’t want to come out the game with wholesale jerseys after that.”
Operating as a rotational pass rusher, Irving’s absence was filled in a hurry for Dallas. Without another pure center on the roster, though, the Browns were forced to change up their plan along the offensive line. Veteran John Greco took over at center with fifth-rounder Spencer Drango playing guard.