April 19, 2014

Joe Thomas has high praise for Denver’s Von Miller

Joe Thomas has blocked the best the NFL has to offer in his career. When asked about the challenge facing the offensive line this week in their game against the Denver Broncos, Thomas had nothing but high praise for outside LB Von Miller-

“He may be the fastest guy on their defense, corners and safeties included. I don’t know if he runs a 4.5 or a 4.4 or whatever he is, but there’s nobody that’s quicker or faster at outside linebacker, that’s for sure. He may be one of the fastest linebackers in the league. When you talk about the combination of speed, quickness and you put him out there rushing the quarterback at 240 pounds or whatever he is, that’s a tough group of talent to deal with.”

In speaking of Denver’s pass rush in general Thomas added-

“It’s tough to say definitively, ‘Yes, they are the best.’ They’re certainly in the top couple of tandems. They’re definitely different than a lot of the guys that we face. We have a lot of respect for the guys in Cincinnati and some of those other groups that have outstanding defensive ends, but when you’re talking about 3-4 outside linebacker, get after the quarterback on third down guys, it’s hard to find anybody who’s better.”

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Running Down the Browns Pre-Draft Invitees (Part 2)

(If you missed part 1, you can go back and read that first.)

As I said in part 1, Pro Football Talk is doing NFL fans a great service by tracking all the 2011 draft visits by team.  You should check back often as it is updated.

Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer (3/?) – It is nice that the Browns are looking so hard at possible additions to the right side of the offensive line.  James Brewer struggled early in his college career with injuries.  In his first two college seasons (after red-shirting 2006) he suffered a foot injury and an ankle injury.  The foot injury caused him to miss all of 2007, and he played eight games in 2008.  He is 6’6″ and 323 pounds.  He is another player with four years of experience in college.  He is probably somewhere in the top ten for offensive tackles in the draft depending on who you ask. [Read more...]