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Cleveland rocks with new Browns owner

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Cleveland rocks with new Browns owner

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam walks in, brings new CEO Joe Banner, late of the Eagles, with him, and erstwhile club president Mike Holmgren leaves. General manager Tom Heckert figures he’s not long for Cleveland, whatever Haslam may say publicly.

The Plain Dealer reported that Heckert was "not optimistic" about sticking with the Browns, according to a league source, though he worked with Banner in Philadelphia.

As for coach Pat Shurmur and his staff, Haslam said he told them they aren’t lame ducks.

“I just looked them in the eye and told them that,” Haslam told the media Wednesday.  “I told Pat that. I said no decisions have been made. I’m very comfortable saying that.”

But then Haslam said this, which would go into the category of if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then, yeah, the coaching staff sounds like lame ducks.

“These men are big boys,” Haslam said. “They understand the profession they’re in. They’ve been through it before. They understand it.”

And the Browns fans have been through it before: another organizational shake-up. With the club’s instability on the way to apparent wholesale changes, it sounds like the Ravens won’t need to be worrying about the Browns anytime soon.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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