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. Bad vibes.Home field hasn’t meant any advantage in recent years for the Browns Baker Mayfield Color Rush Jersey , who entered this season with three wins in their last 27 home games at FirstEnergy Stadium, dubbed “The Factory of Sadness.”Madness has been the norm so far this season.The Browns (2-2-1) have played two overtime games already at home and rallied to win a nationally televised Thursday nighter to end their 19-game winless streak and breathe life into a fan base that couldn’t take much more misery.Lifeless for years, the Dawg Pound is howling once more, and Browns coach Hue Jackson begged Cleveland fans to bring the noise for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers (3-2).“I want them to be as loud as they have ever been,” Jackson pleaded. “This week our players will need that. We need that assistance for them. They have been outstanding, but boy, we need a little bit more from them this week, too. “Jackson’s hoping a roaring crowd will make things tougher on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who is off to one of the best starts of his 15-year NFL career. Rivers has thrown 13 touchdown passes and two interceptions, and Jackson believes Cleveland’s crowd can be as disruptive as any of the Browns’ 11 defenders.“He’s one of the best that have played the game,” Jackson said. “It does not look like he is slowing down at all. He is one of the top quarterbacks in this league, bar none. We need 12 people when they are on offense, and the 12th person is going to be our crowd.”Rivers often resets his offense before the snap, changing the plays after taking a look at how the defense is aligned. The Browns experienced that last season in a 19-10 loss to the Chargers.“We’ve just got to do a better job of bogeying and disguising and making it harder for him to do that,” Browns linebacker Joe Schobert said. “I think being at home this year, where it will be harder for him to make checks if we have a loud crowd, will be an advantage to us. It will be harder for them to change every single play that will be perfectly what they want.”Rivers enjoys playing in Cleveland.“It is a great, kind of an old-school NFL atmosphere,” he said.But while the setting may feel dated, Rivers knows there’s nothing out of style about the Browns and their young defense, which is leading the league with 15 takeaways. After playing against the Browns last season, Rivers felt it was just a matter of time before they jelled.“It did not feel like they were an 0-16 team or 0-14, whatever they were when we played them last year,” he said. “It was a good football team. They just did not find ways to win. I remember our guys walking away with a heck of a lot of respect for that defense.”This time, the Chargers will also have to deal with a hungry Cleveland crowd that has watched rookie Baker Mayfield lead two wins already.“We feed off of the crowd’s energy,” Mayfield said. “We need to continue that, and this needs to be a place that people need to fear coming to play. It needs to be so loud that they can’t communicate, and it needs to be a harsh place for an offense to come in.”OFF TARGETIn a season of balls going wide right https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Emmanuel-Ogbah-Jersey , wide left and clanking off uprights around the NFL, the Chargers and Browns have had more than their share of kicking issues.The Chargers have missed a league-leading four extra points, the Browns are tied for second with three. The teams are also near the bottom in field-goal accuracy: San Diego is 9 for 12, Cleveland 8 for 12.Chargers coach Anthony Lynn gave kicker Caleb Sturgis a tepid vote of confidence by signing a new holder last week, but Sturgis has been slowed by a quad injury. The team signed Michael Badgley, a rookie from Miami who could kick against the Browns.Meanwhile, Cleveland’s on its second kicker: Greg Joseph, who missed a field goal and PAT last week before knuckling through a 37-yard field goal to beat Baltimore in overtime.RECORD BEAKERBrowns wide receiver Jarvis Landry didn’t set out to catch the most passes in league history over his first five seasons. But that’s what he did.Landry surpassed Larry Fitzgerald (426) last week and enters Sunday’s game with 429 receptions. Landry said he idolized Fitzgerald and never considered the mark until he was well on his way.“I broke the second-year mark, then the third, the fourth and now the fifth,” he said. “That is when it kind of hit me, and it has been like that ever since.”JOE PROThe Browns will honor retired left tackle Joe Thomas , by adding 10,363 — the number of consecutive snaps he played over 11 seasons — into the team’s ring of honor.Thomas never missed a play before suffering a torn triceps midway through last season.“I will never forget walking on that field when he was down there and him not being able to get up, understanding that this might be it,” Jackson said. “To watch and look back on his career and see what he has done, man, that’s amazing to me. Nobody else has ever played that many consecutive snaps, and I do not know if anybody else will do that again for a long time.” What will happen when Kareem Hunt is activated?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteDawgs EDTShareTweetShareShareTrade Duke Johnson? Not according to John DorseyKen Blaze-USA TODAY SportsBrowns’ GM John Dorsey held a pre-draft press conference with the media on Thursday, and according to the video interview available on Cleveland.com, Dorsey told his audience that RB Duke Johnson wasn’t going anywhere when asked about the possibility of trading him: On April 1, Johnson did not show up for the first day of voluntary off-season workouts. Then, in an article posted April 2 on Cleveland.com, writer Mary Kay Cabot broke the story that Johnson’s agent, Kristin Campbell, had asked the Browns to essentially trade him. But what Campbell did not say was that Johnson’s request was because of the team’s signing of embattled former Kansas City Chiefs Kareem Hunt back in February. At that point after the Hunt signing, Johnson removed photos of him in regards to anything Cleveland Browns on his social media accounts. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has gone on record about whether or not to trade the talented RB: Kitchens has made it known that they will need Johnson for the first eight games in which Hunt is serving his 8-game suspension; and then once they activate Hunt he intends to include Johnson, Hunt and Nick Chubb in his weekly game plan. Also on the roster are Devante Mays and Dontrell Hilliard. Johnson was selected in the third-round with the 77th pick of the 2015 NFL draft after the Browns took DT Danny Shelton and C Cameron Erving in Round 1 Denzel Ward Jersey , and then DE Nate Orchard in the second-round. Cleveland also took DT Xavier Cooper late in the third-round. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesComing out of high school, Johnson was the number one RB according to rivals.com and won a state football championship. He also ran track as a sprinter and long jumper. He was named Florida’s Mr. Football. He then went to the University of Miami and started as a freshman gaining 947 yards with 10 TDs and named ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year. From there, Johnson gained 920 yards and then 1,652 yards his junior season. He totaled 30 TDs for his career and had 69 receptions for 719 yards. Following his junior year, he was named First-Team All-ACC. Johnson’s best 40-time was 4.51. Running backs taken before him in the 2015 draft include Todd Gurley (Rams), Melvin Gordon (Chargers), T.J. Yeldon (Jaguars), Ameer Abdullah (Lions) and Tevin Coleman (Falcons). In his four-year tenure with the Browns, Johnson has gained only 1,286 yards on 299 carries with five rushing TDs and eight receiving TDs. As evidenced by his receiving skills in college, he has also contributed 2,170 receiving yards on 235 receptions. Johnson has only lost three fumbles. Just last season the Browns signed Johnson to a three-year, $15.6 million dollar extension as his rookie contract was coming up for expiration. That in itself showed that the club valued his services especially in the passing game. But he had a paltry 40 carries last year only eclipsed by his 47 receptions. However, his averages are 5.0 per rushing attempt and 9.1 per reception. Needless to say, Johnson felt under-utilized as a running back. And then came the Hunt signing. Johnson is a solid blocker and a QB’s best friend as an outlet receiver and able to take on bigger rushing LBs and safeties.Immediately after hearing the news that Johnson wished to be traded, several clubs inquired about his availability including the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Houston Texans. Since then, the Jets have signed former Pittsburgh Steeler La’Veon Bell to a monster contract. The only RB the Texans have signed is Josh Ferguson to a reserve/futures contract while the Eagles have not signed a single RB.So what did Dorsey say about Johnson’s request to be traded? Did that change his outlook on Johnson’s role with the current Browns offense? This is what Dorsey said in the pre-draft press conference:Dorsey admitted that he has not actually talked to Johnson and that the player has not attended any team functions in the Browns’ facility since last season. Dorsey did say that Kitchens has been in contact with Ms. Campbell on several occasions, mostly via text messages. Dorsey did mention that Hunt has been a mainstay at the facility in workouts. Johnson’s cap number is a mere $3.05 million for the 2019 season. If he is traded before June 1, the Browns will end up with $2.25 million of that in dead money. Essentially, the club would receive a $800,000 savings. However, if Dorsey trades Johnson after June 1, the dead money drops to $750,000 while the savings escalates to a receptive $2.3 million. The NFL trade deadline is always at the end of October. Hunt will be activated prior to the Week 9 game November 3 on the road against the Denver Broncos. Squeaky coincidence?

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