Injured Jabrill Peppers appears to take veiled shot at Giants’ coaching staff
Jabrill Peppers seems less than pleased with someone in New York. Peppers, an All-American at Michigan, suffered a torn ACL and high ankle sprain in October, but that didn’t stop the Giants safety from taking a veiled shot at someone within the organization on Monday. It could be a shot at Freddie Kitchens, who inherited the responsibilities of offensive coordinator after the Giants fired Jason Garrett. Or he could be taking a shot at second-year head coach Joe Judge, who previously served as special teams coordinator in New England. Peppers was drafted out of Michigan by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.mlive.com
Mayfield, Browns move closer to playoffs, top Giants 20-6
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with teammate Austin Hooper (81) after they connect for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Baker Mayfield led two 95-yard touchdown drives and the Cleveland Browns moved closer to ending their 17-year playoff drought with a 20-6 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night. Mayfield was sharp all night, helping the Browns (10-4) bounce back from a 47-42 loss to Baltimore last Monday night. The win got the Browns closer to clinching their first playoff spot since 2002, the NFL’s longest drought. New York's opening drive stalled at the 8 after McCoy's throw to Evan Engram fell incomplete in the end zone. It could've worked, too: Kicker Graham Gano was wide open in the end zone.
On edge: Browns' Garrett returns after NFL suspension
The Cleveland Browns' star defensive end can't undo his helmet-swinging attack on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph last season or the six-game NFL suspension that ensued. The Browns, led by rookie coach Kevin Stefanski, open their season at Baltimore against defending league MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Garrett has claimed Rudolph used a racial slur to provoke him, a charge the QB has strongly denied. In the aftermath of his actions, Garrett was banned indefinitely and the Browns' defense struggled mightily without him. Through his behavior, Garrett let the Browns down, and the incident with Rudolph scarred the No.
NFL teams slash staff on 'Black Monday.' Here's who's out
The Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers have all fired their head coaches as of Monday afternoon. Browns fire head coach Freddie KitchensThe Browns announced Sunday that head coach Freddie Kitchens has been "relieved of his duties" as head coach. The Haslams said they are "excited about the core players" and hope to hire a head coach that "will put this group of players in the best position to succeed." Giants let go of head coach Pat ShurmurNew York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Rich Graessle | Getty ImagesGiants head coach Pat Shurmur is also out of the job after two seasons, the team announced Monday morning.cnbc.com
Browns Richardson feels Steelers QB deserved punishment
Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has not yet scheduled the appeal for his indefinite NFL suspension for striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)BEREA, OH Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson believes Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph deserved to be punished for his role in Myles Garrett striking him with a helmet. As the Browns returned to practice Monday without their best defensive player, Richardson said Rudolph should have been disciplined for grabbing Garretts face mask and scratching him. Richardson believes Garrett has a leg to stand on with his appeal. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said the team will continue to support Garrett, who had a bad lapse in judgment.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Ex-Browns receiver Antonio Callaway gets 10-game drug ban
Former Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for another violation of the leagues substance-abuse policy. The 22-year-old player was suspended four games earlier this season for a drug violation. The Browns ran out of patience with Callaway, who had legal troubles in college at Florida. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens benched Callaway for Sundays game against Buffalo after the receiver arrived late for the game. Despite his troubled past, Callaway was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round last year.
Rookie Seibert makes kicks, Browns down winless Lions 20-16
CLEVELAND - Once Austin Seibert straightened himself out, the Browns' kicking competition got on target. The Browns (3-1) are hoping to contend for a playoff spot this season and need a dependable kicker. Coach Freddie Kitchens would not commit to Seibert as his starter, and downplayed his second straight strong performance. "He's supposed to perform," said Kitchens, who earlier in the week said he would give Joseph all the kicks. Browns third-string QB Garrett Gilbert threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to running back Dontrell Hilliard in the first half.