The Green Bay Packers have had to wait until tonight to get on field action against another opponent. They were scheduled to play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but that game was squashed after that bizarre incident. They’ll instead get their preseason started tonight at Lambeau against the Cleveland Browns. The Johnny Manziel era is over in Cleveland before it even began. Manziel did show some form of promise late last season, but he threw it all away for drugs and partying. He also has a charge against him for assault. Not the smartest guy, but hey, he made me lots of dough in college so we’ll give him that much.
So, the never ending quarterback battle continues this year for the Browns. The Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, and the Indians are atop their division, the Browns? It’s going to be wait and see with them, but matching either would take a small miracle. The Browns hope rest with Robert Griffin, who went from the top of the league to the bottom in record time. Although, Colin Kaepernick could compete for those honors, too. RGIII is looking at reigniting his career with the Browns, but will be competing with Josh McCown for the starting job. A tie would most likely go to Griffin.
What about wide receiver Josh Gordon? Oh he’s still here believe it or not, but a quad injury has slowed him down in training camp. The team has also said they want him to lose a few pounds. I’m not really sure anything good is going to come from Gordon this year, as I think he already tossed his career in the toilet a couple of years ago. When he’s at his optimal level of performance, Gordon is one of the best receivers in the league. Regardless of his health status, he’s under a four-game suspension and is eligible to return in week 5 against the Patriots. The same game Tom Brady is slated to return.
However, like Manziel, he fits in the category of guys who wasted their talent doing stupid things. People from Ohio are going to see a familiar face lining up at receiver though, former Buckeye Terrelle Pryor. Pryor is one of the best quarterbacks in Ohio State history, but he gave up on the quarterback idea and converted to a receiver.
The wide receiver position is razor thin for the Browns, with Corey Coleman, a rookie out of Baylor atop the depth chart. I don’t necessarily see any quarterback playing well for the Browns in 2016 with no targets. Pryor, though, has a big opportunity to come up strong in the preseason and impress. Let’s see what transpires tonight at Lambeau Field in this glorified scrimmage.
Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay Packers Preseason Betting Odds:
vs. Packers -3(-115)
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The Packers were hoping to get Brett Hundley involved this week, but it appears that will be in jeopardy again. Hundley was scratched last week, and will probably not be able to go on Friday night against the Browns. Reports indicate that Aaron Rodgers is going to likely sit out against the Browns, too. After what happened to Jordy Nelson last year in the preseason, the Packers are probably a little more gun shy in the preseason. The Packers simply cannot afford for Aaron Rodgers to get injured, who was playing a bit hobbled in 2015.
Behind Rodgers is Brett Hundley, who hasn’t proven anything in the NFL and can’t stay healthy. Then following Hundley is Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams. Callahan a rookie out of DIII school Wesley, and Williams spent his collegiate career at North Carolina with considerable success. Callahan was expected to start last week, before the kibosh was put on that game. He had a prolific career playing DIII ball, but like I said last week, this is one massive leap forward. Callahan and Williams will handle the brunt of the work on Friday night. Don’t expect too much from the Packers here.
The Browns will go with Robert Griffin, followed by the wily veteran Josh McCown and rookie Cody Kessler from USC. I see a team that will want to compete and win this game on Friday. The Browns have a new head coach (again), Hue Jackson. Brand new head coaches like to get out to quick starts, and care slightly more than a guy like Mike McCarty who just wants to get the regular season started. Getting points with the Browns in this spot looks like the play.
PICK: BROWNS +3 (-105)