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AFC North: Not drafting Carson Wentz is another QB decision Browns could regret

AFC North: Not drafting Carson Wentz is another QB decision Browns could regret

As the Ravens prepare for Sunday’s road game in Cleveland, plenty of Browns fans wish Carson Wentz was their starting quarterback.

It’s not a certainty that the Browns made a mistake by trading down in April, instead of drafting Wentz at No. 2. But it’s trending that way.

Wentz looked very impressive in his NFL debut, leading the Eagles to a victory over the Browns. Meanwhile, the NFL future of Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has never looked more uncertain after his latest injury.

That leaves the Browns with 37-year-old Josh McCown as their starting quarterback against the Ravens, and Cleveland still with no franchise quarterback.

The Browns have collected draft picks, but collecting victories won’t be easy until they find a long-term quarterback.

How did Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger look picking apart the Redskins on Monday? Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been a Super Bowl MVP, and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has led his team to five straight playoff seasons, despite his post-season struggles.

Everywhere else in the AFC North except Cleveland, the quarterback position is stable.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said the organization wasn’t second-guessing itself for not drafting Wentz.

“No we haven’t,” Jackson said Monday at his press conference. “That’s one thing I can tell you for sure has not happened. He (Wentz) had a good game, a great game if you guys want to term it that, and I respect that. He’s a fine young man and they have good coaches and a good organization, and he is going to do well for them, but that was one game…We’ll look back and see where is he over a period of time.”

But after just one week of a new season, the Browns find themselves in a familiar spot at the bottom of the AFC North, with no long-term solution at quarterback.

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Earl Thomas' daughter was the toughest reporter at the Pro Bowl

Earl Thomas' daughter was the toughest reporter at the Pro Bowl

Earl Thomas' daughter Kaleigh is many things. She's seven years old, has sick dance moves, and now we can add another accomplishment to that list: a hard-hitting reporter.

During the Pro Bowl, Kaleigh asked some of the NFL's stars some of the toughest questions they'd faced all weekend.

She asked Russell Wilson and Andre Roberts why they both liked football so much, Shaquill Griffin if he had any personal hobbies, and grilled Drew Brees on who is best friend in the league was.

She also interviewed her father and specifically asked if he was getting old. "I'm not getting old, I'm still playing at a high level," he noted. "Do you think daddy's getting old?"

"I think my dad's getting old, so we'll skip that question," Kaleigh said.

This is the intrepid reporting we needed during the Pro Bowl, and Kaleigh is getting after it.

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WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but at Pro Bowl practice Friday he decided to show off his ridiculous range by drilling a 70-yard field goal with relative ease. 

Hitting 70-yard field goals in practice isn't anything new. He spent time in the offseason drilling kicks from the same distance.

There just wasn't any need for Tucker to kick a record-breaking field goal because the Ravens offense was seemingly always in the red zone. Tucker attempted 59 extra points this year, which was the most he'd ever taken in a season by 17 and led the league by a wide margin. 

Tucker's current career-long is the 61-yard bomb he hit in 2013. His longest field goal in 2019 was 51 yards. 

In a game like the Pro Bowl, field position and the final result doesn't really matter. So maybe Tucker will get a chance to kick from 70-plus during the game on Sunday. 

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