More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Sunday Dawg Chow.
- Can the Baker Mayfield-Odell Beckham Jr. connection finally come together? (ESPN) – During a joint practice against his former team last month, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. ran sprints alone, waiting for a break in the action. Soon enough, quarterback Baker Mayfield joined his side. And as the scrimmaging resumed on the other end, the two rapidly worked route after route on their own — seemingly underscoring the urgency they face as a pairing.
- How Paul DePodesta returned to Cleveland – this time with the Browns (Terry Pluto) – Why leave a job as Vice President with the New York Mets and a 20-year baseball career to join the Cleveland Browns? It’s a question I always wanted to ask Paul DePodesta, the Browns Chief Strategy Officer since 2016. When I did, DePodesta began to tell the story.
- 12 questions for Baker Mayfield, who is laser focused on the details as he enters his 4th season (clevelandbrowns.com) – Baker Mayfield’s waited long enough. The Browns quarterback’s fourth season is here, and he can’t wait to get it started in the last place he played.
- Uncertain at kicker, Browns elevate Chris Naggar (Beacon Journal) – The Cleveland Browns are not sure whether Chase McLaughlin will be able to kick in Sunday’s season opener in Kansas City because he’s dealing with a right hamstring injury, so they elevated kicker Chris Naggar from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday.
- Chiefs activate safety Tyrann Mathieu from COVID list for Browns game (The Kansas City Star) – The Chiefs can officially put Plan A in place for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Safety Tyrann Mathieu has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he is available to play in the season opener at Arrowhead Stadium.
- Vikings hall of fame center Mick Tingelhoff dies at 81 (twincities.com) – Vikings hall of center Mick Tingelhoff, who never missed a game in his legendary 17-year career, died Saturday, the Vikings announced. He was 81. Tingelhoff played for the Vikings from 1961-78 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of fame in August 2015.
- Eagles sign Jordan Mailata to four-year extension with $40.85 million guaranteed for the left tackle (The Philadelphia Inquirer) – Less than two weeks after being named the Eagles’ starting left tackle, Jordan Mailata has signed a contract extension through 2025 with $40.85 million guaranteed.
- The Urban Meyer NFL experiment is already showing its flaws (The Ringer) – How does the Jaguars’ new head man fit into the history of college coaches moving to the pros? The answer is complicated—and raises serious questions about what will really translate to Jacksonville.