NFL Competition Committee – What’s A Catch?

Kate Arhar
Our Turf Senior Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

The NFL Competition Committee will host it’s annual meetings March 25-28 in Orlando, FL. There are two really “hot” topics on this year’s agenda:  Pass Interference Penalties and Catch/No-Catch.

Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, and Rich McKay, Competition Committee Chairman and President/CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, hosted a conference call today with some insights into what they saw happen during the 2017-18 season and to preview some of the items up for discussion at this year’s meeting.

To recap 2017, parity seems to be alive and well in the NFL.  Eight of the twelve playoff teams this year were not in the playoffs in 2016. Two of this year’s playoff teams were last in their division last year and moved to first, one actually won the Super Bowl. In fact, eight of the past fifteen seasons have seen at least one team move from “worst to first.”

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AFC North / AFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings    Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: WR John Browns, WR Ryan Grant, G Maurquice Shakir, C Matt Skura, QR Quincy Adeboyejo, LB Patrick Onwuasor, DE Brent Urban, RT James Hurst, CB Brandon Carr, RB Alex Collins, WR John Brown, WR Michael Crabtree, QB Robert Griffin III

Released: CB Lardarius Webb, OT Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin

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NFC North / NFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Chicago Bears 

Signed: CB Kyle Fuller (matched offer sheet from GB), OL Bradley Sowell, WR Josh Bellamy, WR Cameron Meredith, CB Bryce Callahan, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, K Cody Parkey, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Prince Amukamara, LB Sam Acho, QB Chase Daniel, DE Aaron Lynch, P Pat O’Donnell, QB Tyler Bray, LB John Timu, CB Sherrick McManis, CB Marcus Cooper, LS Patrick Scales, RT Earl Watford, RB Benny Cunningham, DE John Jenkins, WR Bennie Fowler

Released: G Josh Sitton, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Pernell McPhee, S Quintin Demps, LB Willie Young, QB Mike Glennon, WR Markus Wheaton, DB Marcus Cooper, WR Josh Bellamy, CB Bryce Callahan

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NFC East / NFC West – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Dallas Cowboys

Signings: DE Demarcus Lawrence (franchise tag), DT Brian Price, DT David Irving, FB Jamize Olawale(trade from Oakland) LS L.P. Ladouceur, WR Deonte Thompson, LB Joe Thomas, OT Cameron Fleming, TE Jason Witten, G Joe Looney, G Marcus Martin, K Brett Maher, DE Kony Ealy, DT David Irving

Released: DE Benson Mayowa, DT Joe Vellano, CB Orlando Scandrick, WR Brian Brown, WR Dez Bryant

 

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AFC East / AFC West – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

 

Buffalo Bills

Signings: CB Vontae Davis, RB Chris Ivory, DT Star Lotulelei, TE Logan Thomas, DE Eddie Yarbrough, CB Lafayette Pitts, DT Kyle Williams, S Rafael Bush, OLB Trent Murphy, LB Julian Stanford, QB A.J. McCarron, RB Taiwan Jones, C Russell Bodine, RT Marshall Newhouse, OLB Ramon Humber, WR Kaelin Clay, CB Phillip Gaines, DE Terrence Fede, LB Eddie Yarbrough, TE Logan Thomas, CB Lafayette Pitts, DE Tenny Palepol, TE Nick O’Leary, WR Jeremy Kerley

Released: QB Tyrod Taylor (traded to Cleveland), OT Cordy Glenn (traded to Cincinnati), DE Ryan Davis, DE Nordly Capi

Retired: S Aaron Williams, S James Ihedigbo

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Sports isn’t just a man’s world anymore

Kate Arhar Official Reporter, Cleveland Browns

 

by Kate Arhar // @clvlndk8  

 

Today is Women’s Day and here at Our Turf Football – a site run and staffed by women – I thought it was appropriate to celebrate some of the women that I think are making contributions in the NFL and paving the way for the next generation of women. Some of the names you should already know, but I’m willing to bet a few will surprise you.

 

TEAM LEADERSHIP

Martha Firestone Ford – Detroit Lions After her husband’s death in 2014, Ford became sole owner of the Detroit Lions. Currently, she is the majority owner with small shares being held by her four children. She’s 93 years old, but don’t let the age fool you. She is very involved in the operation of the team as well as the hiring of coaches and player retention. She even worked directly with players during the protests last season and was able to work with them by financially supporting efforts in their communities for social change.

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Must Browns Take a Quarterback at #1?

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As the 2018 edition of the NFL Combine winds down, we in Cleveland are embarking on our yearly visit to Quarterback Drama Town. While everyone agrees that the team needs to address this position NOW, the Combine numbers and game film from Saquon Barkley have opened the door to the question: Must the Cleveland Browns take a quarterback with their first pick in the draft?

The short answer: Yes. And here’s why…

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Free Agent Kirk Cousins: Where does he land?

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar OTFB Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

 

As the free agent period approaches, one of the hottest names and biggest difference makers for a franchise is Kirk Cousins. I think it’s safe to say that, with the signing of Alex Smith, Washington will not be putting a Franchise Tag on Cousins which means he can start looking for his next team on March 14th.

There are quite a few teams desperately searching for a franchise quarterback, but are they all viable options at this point? Do they have the money to pay Cousins the huge contract he wants? Do they have the cap space? Are they the type of organization that he would want to play for? Let’s look at the front runners…

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Cleveland Browns Mock Draft: QB Scenarios

Kate Arhar
OTFB Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

As usual, the sports talk is all about the NFL Draft here in Cleveland. The biggest question mark on this team is the quarterback and has been for quite a few years. With picks 1 and 4 in the first round, fans are banking on the team being able to finally settle this issue and get the franchise quarterback they’ve been calling for since, frankly, 1999.

I’ve seen Mock Drafts from the experts with no less than six different QBs being taken first overall. The reality of the situation is that it’s not simply a matter of what skills and attributes these college QBs bring to the table. It’s also incredibly important to look at the make-up of the team, the positions of need, and how all of these things are addressed during free agency.

So, with that in mind, my mock draft is simply the two first-round picks based on which Free Agent QB the Browns are able to sign.

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Cleveland Browns – Front Office Changes

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

 

Times, they are a-changin’. And so is the Cleveland Browns front office.  With so many hires these past few months, here’s the current list so you can keep track at home!

With four games remaining in the 2017-18 season, the Browns fired Sashi Brown and replaced him at General Manager with John Dorsey. The brilliance of the timing was not lost on me. First, they avoided a bidding war as the New York Giants were about to shake up their organization. Second, Dorsey was able to see for himself what was going on with the team in the locker room, at practices, during games. These are key things for a G.M. to see in order to evaluate both the talent and the coaches!

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