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Browns’ Hue Jackson Not ‘Changing His Mind’ on Tyrod Taylor as Starter

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For those looking for competition for the starting quarteback job for the Cleveland Browns, head coach Hue Jackson has made his decision, and according to him, he is ‘not changing his mind’ when it comes to Taylor as the starter.

It’s not a total shocker to hear of Jackson’s thinking, but with rookie Baker Mayfield impressing, there was a sliver of hope that Mayfield could at least challenge Taylor.

“I’m not changing my mind,”Jackson said, according to NBC Sports’ Peter King. “Tyrod’s starting. That’s no reflection on [rookie first-round pick Baker] Mayfield. He respects what I’m doing for him long-term. He may not like me for it now, but he’ll thank me later.

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Broncos’ John Elway Closes Door on Colin Kaepernick

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While the Denver Broncos will be in the market for a backup quarterback, team president John Elway shut the door on the possibility that the team would entertain signing free agent signal caller Colin Kaepernick, although it has nothing to do with protests.

Elway spoke to reporters on Thursday and officially nixed the idea of the team bringing in the former San Francisco 49ers start quarterback.

“He had a chance to be here, he passed on it,” Elway said, according to USA Today’s Lindsay Jones.

Elway is referring to a nixed deal the the Broncos and 49ers had in place that would have seen Kaepernick in Denver back in 2016, but Kaepernick killed the deal by refusing to trim $5 million from his cap number and take additional pay cuts down the road.

 

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Browns’ Josh Gordon Did Not Fail Drug Test

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Despite some pubic concerns, Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon did not fail a drug test this offseason and no suspension is anticipated once Gordon makes his return, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Gordon is currently in Florida where he is working on his physical and mental health and there are no assurances that the wideout will be available when the Browns take the field for Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.

Amid reports of interest in former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Browns remain in contact with Gordon, who will need approval from his NFL-sanctioned medical team before returning. and they plan to stick with him throughout his recovery.

 

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Raiders Place Ahtyba Rubin on Injured Reserve

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The Oakland Raiders have placed defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin on injured reserve due to a torn biceps that he suffered during the team’s join practice with the Detroit Lions last week, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.

Rubin was entering the final year of a three-year, $12M contract with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2017 but was cut in September. He lated signed on with the Denver Broncos who cut him only two games later.

Rubin later latched on with the Atlanta Falcons where he appeared in 10 games in a reserve role.

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