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NFL Notes: No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett signs with Browns

NFL Notes: No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett signs with Browns

CLEVELAND -- Myles Garrett's first sack as a pro is filled with money.

The No. 1 overall pick in last month's NFL draft, Garrett signed his four-year rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns, who gave the speedy defensive end an estimated $30.4 million package that includes a $20.3 million guaranteed signing bonus.

One week after displaying his dazzling skills at the team's rookie minicamp, Garrett got the business side of things out of the way by signing his deal Friday. The Browns posted a video on Twitter of the former Texas A&M All-American filling out the contract's paperwork while Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" played in the background.

The Browns are counting on Garrett, whose outside interests include writing poetry and paleontology, to energize their turnaround. Cleveland went 1-15 last season, has had just two winnings seasons since its 1999 expansion reboot and hasn't been to the playoffs in 15 years.

Blessed with a running back's burst, Garrett recorded 32 sacks in three seasons for the Aggies. He was limited by a sprained ankle last season but still played at a dominant level, and the Browns didn't pass up the chance to take him in a draft loaded with defensive talent.

Garrett was impressive during the club's rookie minicamp, showing off his ability to blow past blockers and pressure quarterbacks.

"Did you see that guy come off the edge that one time?" coach Hue Jackson said following a practice. "Holy smokes. Oh my gosh. The guy has flashed and shown exactly why he was drafted where he was drafted. What we have to do is continue to let him be who he is and play the way we think he can. It is exciting to see. I haven't been around a lot of guys like him. It is fun" (see full story).

Patriots: Brady’s agent denies QB had concussion last season
The agent for Tom Brady says the New England Patriots quarterback wasn't diagnosed with a concussion last year.

Don Yee made that statement to ESPN and added that "it's obviously a good thing that the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health."

Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, told "CBS This Morning" in an interview that aired Wednesday that the quarterback played through a concussion last year while leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl title.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said "there are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms." McCarthy said league officials reviewed all reports from independent neurotrauma consultants and trainers who worked Brady's games.

49ers: Carthon hired as director of pro personnel
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers have hired former Rams executive Ran Carthon as the team's new director of pro personnel.

General manager John Lynch announced the addition of Carthon on Friday. He joins vice president of player personnel Adam Peters and senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew as hires in Lynch's first offseason in charge of the team.

Carthon will manage the coordination and day-to-day operations of the pro personnel department for the 49ers, including assistance with the coordination of free agency, the evaluation of the unrestricted free agent market and oversight of the evaluations of NFL players.

Carthon spent the past five seasons as director of pro personnel with the Rams. The son of former NFL running back Maurice Carthon previously had spent four seasons as a pro scout for Atlanta.

Eagles' Mack Hollins reportedly had offseason sports hernia surgery

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Eagles' Mack Hollins reportedly had offseason sports hernia surgery

Mack Hollins had a pretty disappointing training camp this summer, but at least we now might have a reason why.

Apparently, Hollins had offseason sports hernia surgery, NFL reporter Adam Caplan said on Inside The Birds podcast.

That makes some sense.

Despite working as a starter throughout training camp, thanks to Alshon Jeffery’s being on PUP, Hollins hasn’t made much of an impact. In the first preseason game, he played 21 snaps without a catch and was targeted just once.

From then, he missed practice on Aug. 11 and the next three days after. He also missed the game for an undisclosed reason. Hollins finally returned to practice this past Sunday.

It’s unclear if Hollins missed those practices and the game because of lingering effects from the surgery and at this time of year, injury information is hard to come by.

But earlier today, head coach Doug Pederson said “the rest that [Hollins has] been getting has really helped him.”

Pederson seemed unsure if Hollins will play on Thursday night against the Browns.

“So hopefully this week, we'll see where he's at,” Pederson said. “He practiced a little bit yesterday and got out there and did some nice things.

“So he's progressing and we'll see where he's at after today and then make a decision if even Mack is going to be available because he's another one that, he's a big part of our special teams units and I want to make sure going forward that he's also 100 percent to start the season.”

Last season, after he was drafted in the fourth round, Hollins caught 16 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. He played 25 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps.

It seemed like he was due for a big sophomore season — the Eagles even hired his former position coach to take over as their receivers coach — but this at least helps to explain the lack of production this summer.

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What to expect from Thursday’s Eagles dress rehearsal

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What to expect from Thursday’s Eagles dress rehearsal

I have some good news for Doug Pederson. 

“Maybe I’m superstitious, but I really don’t like being 4-0 in the preseason,” Pederson said Tuesday morning, adding that the preseason is for experimenting an evaluation. 

The good news: It can’t happen this year. 

The Eagles are 0-2 heading into the third preseason game, considered by many to be more of a dress rehearsal than the others. 

So Thursday night’s game in Cleveland at 8 p.m. means just a little more.  

It doesn’t necessarily mean more or less if the Eagles win or lose, but starters are going to play a lot. And this week of practice is treated more like a week in the regular season. Starters get “85 percent” of reps during the week, according to Pederson. 

Fans should at least hope to see something a little better than they did last week, when the Eagles had a performance that left some panicking. 

“Typically this game, I’d like to see them at least get through the first half,” Pederson said. “In situations, in games like this, you’d want to see a two-minute drive either offensively or defensively. We can do that and simulate that in practice, but to do that in a game would be great. Hopefully they can get to that point in this football game.” 

Pederson and the rest of the Eagles are hoping that game planning, along with extended reps for the first-teams together during the week of practice will translate into a cleaner and better executed game than the one we saw last week in New England. 

That starts with Nick Foles. 

Despite sustaining a minor shoulder strain early in the second quarter in New England, Foles returned to practice this week and will start against the Browns. But even before Foles was forced to leave the game early, things weren’t going his way. He completed just 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards and took three sacks. 

What does Pederson want to see from Foles this week? 

“Just consistency,” Pederson said. “You guys saw a couple throws early in the game were just not Nick Foles-type throws as far as accuracy goes. Just making those sort of routine-type plays. And just overall execution. Would love to see a touchdown drive or two, obviously, or points out of the first unit. I think with them playing more this week together, you’ll see better execution Thursday night.”

While Foles will play on Thursday, the Eagles will still be without some key players. Alshon Jeffery is still on the PUP and won’t play. Corey Clement, Nelson Agholor and Jay Ajayi are also expected to miss the game. Don’t expect Markus Wheaton, Kamar Aiken or Donnel Pumphrey either. 

Darren Sproles and Jason Peters also won’t play. Pederson has said before that he doesn’t need to see them in the preseason. 

Without Sproles, Clement, Ajayi, and Pumphrey, the Eagles might have just two running backs for Thursday’s game. Josh Adams returned to practice today, but his status for the game is unknown. Either way, it’ll be a big night for Wendell Smallwood and Matt Jones as they try to battle for that fourth and final running back spot (see story)

On defense, Brandon Graham (ankle) returned to practice this week, but won’t play on Thursday. The Eagles are just trying to get him ready for Week 1. 

While the Eagles will be without several key players, they are treating this week almost like a normal regular season week. There’s game-planning, starters are practicing a ton and even the schedule like a normal week schedule, which is helpful for coaches and players. 

Because of all that, Pederson said there’s an increased sense of urgency this week that doesn’t exist early in training camp. 

“Hopefully now our units are starting to play more, longer, they’re starting to play together,” Pederson said. “That’s the way practices have been structured this week, just to promote that a little bit. That should help our guys that are so-called penciled in starters to play a little bit better in a game like this.” 

Maybe that’ll lead to a win. 

But they can’t go 4-0 like they did back in 2016, which should make Pederson happy. They best they can hope for is 2-2 like they were a year ago before, ya know, they went on to win the Super Bowl.

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