#1 Sam Darnold once thought he'd be wearing an orange helmet just a few shades brighter than his hair color von liny195 29.11.2018 10:28

.But the former USC star wasn't precisely what the Browns were looking for in a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. Darnold checked most of the boxes Cleveland Browns Womens Hoodie , but not all of them and Cleveland passed on him with the No. 1 overall pick, selecting Baker Mayfield instead.On Thursday night, Darnold can show the Browns they made a mistake.Another one.The youngest quarterback to start a season opener since 1970, Darnold will perform on a national TV stage for the second time already as a pro when he leads the New York Jets into FirstEnergy Stadium to face the Browns, who have played well enough to win their first two games but are still searching for their first victory since Dec. 24, 2016.Heading into April's draft, Darnold was considered the top of the deep 2018 QB class and it appeared he would wind up in Cleveland, where quarterbacks have come and gone like restaurant busboys over the past two decades."Yeah, I thought I could've ended up there or several other teams," Darnold said this week. "I was excited to go anywhere. "Whoever wanted me, whoever wanted to pick me as a top pick, to me it was a dream come true right when it happened."After the Browns nabbed Mayfield and the Giants grabbed running back Saquon Barkley, the Jets took Darnold and have been more than satisfied by his early development.He rebounded from throwing an interception that was returned for a TD on his first pass attempt in the opener and led the Jets to a 31-point win, and last week the 21-year-old became the youngest QB to pass for 300 yards.Darnold insists he's not seeking any revenge or trying to prove anything to the Browns."No Womens Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys ," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and play ball."The Jets and Browns are on divergent paths with their rookie quarterbacks. New York has chosen to start Darnold, while Cleveland is holding Mayfield out to watch and learn behind Tyrod Taylor.It's not a race and the Browns feel no need to rush their plan."We feel very comfortable with the guy that we selected in Baker, and I'm sure they do with him," coach Hue Jackson said. "He's a fine prospect and is going to be a fine player. I think they got a good one, but we feel we have a really good one, too."After facing Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees — two future Hall of Famers — in Weeks 1 and 2, the Browns aren't looking at Darnold as any break."I don't think that any game in the NFL is a breather," said linebacker Joe Schobert."He's got a big arm. He's doing good things as their quarterback. The hardest thing to do is come into the NFL and play quarterback and be successful. And he's so far shown himself to be pretty poised and good at it."PRESSURE PACKEDThe Browns are down and desperate. They need a win, and after stubbing their toes twice already, need to beat the Jets. A 1-1-1 record seems light years from 0-2-1."Our team is excited, hungry, disappointed, anxious — all of those words you want to use," said Jackson www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com , who is 1-32-1 in two seasons. "We just need to get it done."BACK 'HOME"The Dawg Pound will be a homecoming of sorts for several current Jets, who are former Browns.Running back Isaiah Crowell played the past four years in Cleveland. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor spent two seasons with the Browns, including a breakout campaign in 2016 when the former quarterback had 1,007 yards. His QB for parts of those seasons was Josh McCown, now Darnold's backup and mentor.Cornerback Buster Skrine played in Cleveland from 2011-14. Jets coach Todd Bowles, too, has Cleveland connections as an assistant under Butch Davis from 2001-04.ALIVE & KICKINGGreg Joseph was on the beach hanging out with friends last weekend, "you know, just living the South Florida life." Things changed quickly.The rookie is now in the spotlight — or crosshairs — as Cleveland's new kicker. Joseph signed this week after the Browns cut Zane Gonzalez for missing two field goals and two extra points last week.Joseph, who spent the preseason with Miami, is excited about the opportunity."My film's out there. My stats are out there," he said. "I learned a lot about me, the athlete I am and the competitor I am. I'm ready to bring it here."Q IS THE ANSWERDarnold's favorite target through two games has been wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who has a team-leading 13 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. Enunwa has been targeted 21 times Cleveland Browns T-Shirt , more than Pryor (11), Robby Anderson (six) and Jermaine Kearse (two) combined.SACK RACEThe Jets got their first four sacks of the season last Sunday against Miami, the most since getting to Taylor seven times when he played with Buffalo in Week 9 last season."The whole unit, we definitely picked it up last week," defensive end Leonard Williams said. "We didn't have any sacks in the first week, even though they got the ball out pretty quickly. At the same time, I don't want to make excuses. We definitely picked it up last week and I hope we continue to make strides on that."Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (8/3/18) Cleveland Browns:“Browns guard Zeitler sidelined with calf injury” (AP) - “Zeitler will miss several weeks of training camp because of a calf injury. The 28-year-old Zeitler did not practice Thursday, one day after being hurt and walking off the field with a trainer.”“David Njoku still working to overcome dropped passes” (ABJ) - “It happened in 2017 about three months after the Browns drafted him 29th overall. And it became glaring again Sunday when he dropped four passes.”“Intriguing Browns TE brings LeBron James’ size, hoops background” (Canton Rep) - “The 2017 Browns too often got torched by tight ends, but don’t blame ‘Kirko.’ Linebackers coach Blake Williams said linebacker Christian Kirksey more than did his job.”“Jabrill Peppers: I need ‘year of production’ with Cleveland Browns” (WKYC) - “Jabrill Peppers is a competitor to the core, and that is why the first week of training camp was so difficult for the second-year defensive back.”“What was the plan for the Browns offensive line?” (WFNY) - “The Browns offensive line lost a legend in left tackle Joe Thomas this offseason, but the way the team responded to the retirement has been an absolute debacle.”NFL:“Steelers send Antonio Brown to Pittsburgh for injury evaluation” (ESPN) - “The Steelers have sent All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to Pittsburgh for injury evaluation. Coach Mike Tomlin did not specify the body part that was injured...”“What we learned from Bears vs. Ravens in HOF Game” (NFL.com) - “Lamar Jackson didn’t divert from the widely held prognostication that he’ll be backing up Flacco at the start of the season.”“Ezekiel Elliott is sued for 2017 car accident” (PFT) - “In early 2017, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an automobile accident. The person in the other car has now sued Elliott to obtain compensation for his injuries.”

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