Tim Couch is back with the Browns. Sort of.
Couch, the first overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft who was supposed to be the savior of the expansion franchise but turned into a bust, will work the Browns’ preseason games as a broadcaster this year.
Do you know how coveted Stafford would be if he hit the open market? My goodness, look what the 49ers paid Garoppolo, after he started five games. Look at all the jostling before the draft, where four quarterbacks 鈥?Allen, Jrue Holiday Youth jersey Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield 鈥?could be among the top five picks.
Protecting your most important investment, your quarterback, is more than signing offensive linemen and receivers. The Lions currently have the same pass-catching corps as a year ago 鈥?Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones and multi-purpose back Theo Riddick 鈥?minus tight end Eric Ebron, who wasn’t worth the salary-cap hit.
It’s also putting together a staunch defense, so wild fourth-quarter comebacks aren’t the primary way your quarterback is judged. Patricia is billed as a defensive mastermind, and he’d better be. Because while Stafford has shown he can’t do it alone, he certainly can do more, and more people than ever will be counting on it.
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Former wideout Anquan Boldin retired shortly after signing with them last summer, but then sent out signals that he’d consider playing again. But the Bills refused to release him from reserve/retired, which kept him from signing elsewhere.
While it’s unclear if Incognito was even considering such a thing, the Bills made sure he didn’t turn up with a division rival, though one of those was crossed off the list already.
Spurs: Aldridge made all 12 of his free throws. … The Spurs missed 9 of their first 11 3s and were 4 for 28 from long range. … San Antonio lost its sixth straight games overall against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. … The Spurs took their first lead of the series, 18-17, with 4:20 left in the first quarter. They trailed from wire to wire in the series opener.
Warriors: Golden State outscored San Antonio 69-48 in the second half. … After getting 32 assists on 44 field goals in the series opener, the Warriors tallied 24 assists on 41 baskets. … Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall.
West scored on three straight second-quarter possessions and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.
But he got injured with 9:59 left defending Aldridge and headed to the locker room, despite appearing to try stretching out his legs to return.