Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 9.2.15 #PhilTaylor #Browns #Olympics #Buckeyes

By @cleeverizon

- In their cuts to get down to 75 players, the Browns have terminated the contract of 2011 draft pick, defensive tackle Phil Taylor. The Browns also released defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and kicker Carey Spear.

Taylor was the 21st pick of the 1st round in the 2011 draft. Prior to being released, the Browns and Taylor reached a undisclosed injury settlement. In 2011, the Browns used a 3rd round pick to trade up after dropping down to select Phil Taylor. The Kansas City Chiefs took Justin Houston with Cleveland's 3rd round pick. Who was the Director of Player Personnel in Kansas City at the time? None other than current Browns general manager, Ray Farmer.

In 2014, Justin Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks. Phil Taylor had 20 unassisted tackles (36 total) in 20 games in 2013 and 2014 combined. So basically, the Browns traded a chance to take Julio Jones for Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Owen Marecic, Brandon Weeden, plus a 4th round pick (in next draft) and Trent Richardson. Out of all the players named, Brandon Weeden is the only one who is still in the NFL as a backup with the Dallas Cowboys.

In reality, Phil Taylor was a victim of the numbers game and knee surgery. A defensive lineman needs a explosive lower body. I feel the Browns felt that Taylor couldn't contribute right away and rather for him to spend time not playing, they agreed to an injury settlement. With the emergence of 2015 first round draft pick Danny Shelton and the deep defensive line, it made Taylor expendable. When you have depth at a position like the Browns, you will have situations where players are cut that can contribute on other teams but simply fell victim to the numbers game.

- Browns who didn't practice on Tuesday: CB Justin Gilbert (hip flexor), WR Brian Hartline (thigh injury), OL Joe Thomas (veteran’s rest) and CB Charles Gaines (hamstring). Browns not on practice field that moved to injured list: Duke Johnson (concussion), Luke Lundy (concussion), Pierre Desir (concussion) & Nate Orchard (back).

- The Browns also placed OL Michael Bowie (shoulder), QB Connor Shaw (thumb) on injured reserve. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, tight end Randall Telfer and running back Glenn Winston were placed on the reserve non-football injury list.

- The United States Olympic Committee is set to announce that Los Angeles is the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Olympics. Boston was the original location selected by the U.S.O.C., but was dropped from contention in July. The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.

Rome, Paris, Hamburg and Budapest are already in the mix.

- CBS will stream NFL games this season! The stream will debut on Sunday, October 4th featuring the New York Jets vs. the Miami Dolphins, from London. CBS Sports will also stream the Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys on November 26. The games will be available to watch online on tablets, computers, Roku, Xbox One and Apple TV. Unfortunately, not all games will be broadcasted.

For more information about this deal, CLICK HERE

-The Ohio State Buckeyes have released their first official depth cart as of September 1, 2015

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