Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Raven Report 9.8.15: On #Browns #Buckeyes #Indians

By @nevaRWilliams

The Cleveland Browns have filled out their practice squad over the weekend. In case you missed it, running back Terrance West was traded to the Tennessee Titans for a 2016 7th round draft pick. With the trade of West and the concussion history of Duke Johnson, running back Shaun Draughn earned himself a place on the practice squad.

Wide receiver Darius Jennings also made the team. Jennings caught a touchdown from Johnny Manziel during the preseason, while also showing solid work as a kick returner. He averaged 23.3 yards per return on 9 attempts, including a 54 yard return in the first preseason game.

Offensive linemen Andrew McDonald, Erle Ladson and Darien Miller were also added to the practice squad.

Seventh-round pick Hayes Pullard made the squad after having a strong performance at the end of camp and in preseason games. The 6’1”, 240 lbs. Pullard will likely get the call up to the team if something happens injury-wise with the inside linebackers.

In the secondary, the Browns kept corner Kendall James and safety De’Ante Saunders.

As of right now, preseason fan favorite Josh Lenz is not with the team. 2015 4th round pick Vince Mayle has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their practice squad.

Cleveland has also signed defensive lineman Dylan Wynn and center Garth Gerhart to the practice squad. Former Jaguars offensive lineman Austin Pasztor was also claimed off of waivers.

The Browns have signed quarterback Austin Davis to be their 3rd QB on the roster. Davis, 26, is 6’2”, 220 pounds. Last season, he was with the St. Louis Rams and started eight games, putting up 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, with an 85.1 QB rating. Davis was cut Saturday by the Rams. Hopefully, Davis will have more success with the team than recently cut Thad Lewis, who had a 56.8 rating in the preseason and took SEVEN sacks in the final preseason game against Chicago last Thursday. Johnny Manziel is also on track to be available and ready for the season opener on Sunday versus the New York Jets.

On the rumor side of things, the Browns may look into signing recently cut runnings Jonas Gray, who was with New England, and Montee Ball, who last played with Denver.

Linebacker Nate Orchard, running back Duke Johnson and cornerbacks Pierre Desir, Justin Gilbert and Charles Gaines did not practice on Monday. The team also put Charles Gaines on the IR/Designated Return list with a hamstring injury. Gaines is able to return in Week 8.

Lastly for the Browns, they have suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller indefinitely. It’s said that the incident is a very serious assault situation. Moeller has a history of drinking-related issues going back to his days with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2011, the Ravens suspended him for two games. Here is the official statement from the Browns:

The Ohio State Buckeyes opened up their season last night in Blacksburg, Virginia, facing off against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Buckeyes were led by starting QB Cardale Jones who had 186 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, along with 99 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. On his first touch of the game, Heisman candidate Ezekiel Elliott had an 80 yard touchdown run, and finished with 112 yards rushing. The highlight star of the game was quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller. In his first game at his new position, Miller had 6 rushess for 62 yards with a touchdown, and 2 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown that was topped off with a spectacular spin move that left Hokies players and fans in jaw dropping awe. Receivers Michael Thomas and Curtis Samuel each had touchdowns of their own. Check out the full “On The Mark: Buckeyes Recap” later today here on TripleThreatCLE.com.

In early Labor Day baseball Monday, the Cleveland Indians took a win from the Chicago White Sox, 3-2, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Ryan Raburn and Trevor Bauer led the way for the Tribe. Raburn drove in a pair of solo home runs off of White Sox starter Chris Sale, as Bauer pitched seven innings of two hit baseball in the win that ended the White Sox four game win streak. Bauer earned his 11th win as he allowed just the two runs on two hits, while striking out six and walking five “Pale Hose”. Cody Allen came on in the 9th for his 29th save on the season.

Tonight’s game will see the Indians’ Carlos Carrasco (12-9, 3.53) face Carlos Rodon (6-6, 4.10) of the White Sox. First pitch is at 8pm EST.

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