Tonight feels like a make or break game for the Cleveland Browns, both from a “real life” and fantasy perspective. Sure, a 38-6 drubbing at the hands of the juggernaut Ravens is somewhat justifiable, but dysfunction dating back to last year persists.
Baker Mayfield continues to backslide after he broke the rookie touchdown passing record and I can’t even remember the last time we saw Odell Beckham Jr. take a slant to the house like he did frequently with the Giants. The entire situation feels combustible.
If they can’t get things going at home vs. the Bengals and a rookie QB in his second career start, I think it’s time to wonder if this team as currently constructed will ever deliver on its on-paper promise.
But hey, it’s Thursday, the latest batch of COVID testing numbers is incredibly encouraging, and we have football on tonight. I can’t complain.
THE INJURY ROUNDUP
- Jarvis Landry (hip) is officially questionable for Thursday night. He played 52 of 73 offensive snaps in Week 1 and will most likely be within a similar range of snaps tonight.
- Chris Godwin missed practice and is in the concussion protocol. That crisp in the air? Well, that’s ‘Scotty Miller szn.’
- James Conner was unable to practice Wednesday. Dale Lolley thinks Conner will play, but I don’t see the point of doing so with a high ankle sprain and Benny Snell balling.
- Miles Sanders was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. As someone who played Boston Scott in DFS on Sunday, I’m ready to have Sanders back. Need the OLine to hold up, though.
- Watch Stephania Bell break down the Michael Thomas injury. Such a bummer.
- George Kittle is a grown ass man. He’s expected to play Sunday despite the injury.
- Phillip Lindsay is expected to miss some with turf toe.
- A.J. Brown was limited (knee) on Wednesday. Corey Davis is also dealing with a hamstring issue.
- Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster (both knee) didn’t practice Wednesday.
- Gerald Everett didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday. Tyler Higbee would be an auto-start if Everett sat this week.
- Kenny Golladay (hamstring) is still not practicing. It’s hard to get excited about Quintez Cephus after Week 1 (129 air yards and 10 targets, but only 3 receptions).
- Julian Edelman was limited at Wednesday’s practice. As was Golden Tate
- Rookie WRs Jalen Reagor and Brandon Aiyuk are no longer on the injury report.
- How many times has this sentence been written before? Frank Gore was named the starter.
GET A JUMP ON YOUR WEEK 2 RESEARCH
- Mike Clay breaks down all of the advantageous and tough WR/CB matchups on ESPN+, part of the RotoPass package.
- “The Panthers have allowed three or more touchdowns in 13 consecutive games dating back to last season.” Rich Hribar with a wild stat. The Panthers play the Bucs this week, for the record.
- Shawn Siegele (AFC) and Blair Andrews (NFC) from Rotoviz walk you through every backfield in the league and tell you which running backs to keep an eye on.
- The Washington Football Team is trying to simulate Kyler Murray in practice this week with...it’s too good. I’ll let you discover it for yourself.
- Welcome to the NFL, Laviska Shenault.