August 16, 2014

While We’re Waiting…Tristan Thompson In The Offense, Browns Quarterback Options, Drafting Trent Richardson

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A in-depth Xs and Os look at Tristan Thompson so far from the wizards at NBAPlaybook: “Thompson’s jump shot still has a long way to go.  He shot only 30.8% on jump shots last year, putting him in the bottom quarter in all of college basketball. He also only made 54.6% of his attempts from the free throw line while at Texas.  So far, that hasn’t changed.  Thompson has shot only 45.5% from the line on limited attempts this season, and has made one shot from beyond nine feet this season.

The biggest downfall of this, perhaps even more so than the misses, is how much it can mess up the Cavs spacing.” [Derek Bodner/NBAPlaybook.com]

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Quick and logical arguments for why the Browns should simply not draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the number four pick, as has been mocked about on the internet. [Dawgs by Nature]

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Reasons to be positive and reasons to be cautious about the upcoming Tribe season: “Here at CastroTurf, we cater to both sides, and that’s due, no doubt, to my Cleveland upbringing. This is either the most optimistic sports town you’ve ever encountered or the most miserable. And some of us waver by the day.

So let’s look at 2012, as it pertains to the Cleveland Indians, from both perspectives. We’ll get into where the Indians stand relative to their division peers after the remainder of the offseason plays out. For now, let’s examine this club for what it is and where it is and point out some positives and negatives as we embark upon the year ahead.” [Anthony Castrovince/Castroturf]

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Yet again, the lone bright spot on the offensive side of the ball in Cleveland: “This is the third year in a row that Thomas was named to the first-team All-Pro roster, which coincides with his fifth consecutive selection to the Pro Bowl. He was also a second-team All-Pro selection in 2008. This might be Thomas’ most impressive year to earn these honors, as he managed to accumulate them without the other stalwart on his side of the offensive line, left guard Eric Steinbach…

With this fourth consecutive selection to the NFL All-Pro team, it begs the question: will Joe Thomas go to the Hall of Fame?” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily]

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Comparing Michael Brantley and Matt LaPorta: “No doubt Brantley is a flashier player. He’s a top-of-the-order hitter with good speed and great contact ability—a poor man’s Kenny Lofton, if you will. LaPorta, meanwhile, is a slow-footed bottom-of-the-order dweller whose best attribute (power) has fallen far short of what we had expected of him.

But a look at the numbers tells a different story.” [Lewie Pollis/Deep Left Field]

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A quick synopsis of the Browns’ options for making a quarterback move this offseason: “Which means the Browns might have plans to improve at quarterback, but because they are all dependent on other teams desires they might not be able to carry them through. Which means McCoy might be competing with Seneca Wallace for the starting position in 2012.” [Pat McManamon/Orange & Brown Report]

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Some NFL picks as Wildcard Weekend kicks off. [BT/WhatZgonnahappen]