OBR Daily Blog: 4/18/2010

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 11:34:00 PM

No Surprise as Browns Track WR Demaryius Thomas

Those of you who read this blog and haven't suffered the expected deterioration of memory and hope may remember that our most excellent team of OBR Mockers snatched up WR Demaryius Thomas in the Intersite Mock Draft.

That was a canny selection, as Thomas is a big (6'3") receiver with some serious speed, who could potentially mature into the type of receiver the Browns want at the top of their depth chart.

So, it's no surprise that the Browns were in attendance as the late-first/early-second round Georgia Tech prospect worked out. While Thomas is not going full throttle, he showed enough progress that teams can feel confident that he is recovering from a broken foot which has taken him out of most draft-related activities.

While most teams have set their draft boards already, Thomas may have made enough of a last impression to move up just a little.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 8:42:00 PM

Four Draft Chats Scheduled

We may have more, so keep an eye on this blog and the forums. Here's what we have scheduled so far (EST):

WEDS 8PM: Dave-Te Thomas, FoxSports.com

THURS NOON: Chris Steuber, Scout.com

FRI 10PM: Brent Sobleski, TheOBR.com

SAT 10PM: Brent Sobleski, TheOBR.com

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Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 11:33:00 AM

More Jennings Details to Ruin a Sunday

I thought we were on to happier things this cloudy Sunday morning in Cleveland. Hoping that our new linebacker would help bring back the glory days, a happily chock-full newswire, a few new front-page stories waiting to be posted, a cup of coffee, etc.

normal_AP090903048339[1]Little did I count on Actionchannel 19 Death News spewing out more noxious tidbits, although I should have. Whenever a Cleveland Browns player is in trouble, or there's some shady "investigative report" to paint the team in a bad light, you know that 19 NewsAction DeathChannel will be out in full force.

I'm certainly not one to say that relevant details of off-field stories should be hidden. This outlet's anti-Browns editorial slant, however, has been obvious since Randy Lerner justifiably yanked their pre-season broadcast privileges away for playing a sad and distressing 911 call from a member of the Lerner family who lost a child.

Ever since, unless they're trying to gravy-train the team with pre-game shows, you know that Death 19 News ChannelAction will dig up Browns dirt whenever they can.

Anyhow, the little detail they added was that Chris Jennings hit the bouncer at the Velvet Dog (wha?) nightclub in the mouth because he prevented him from entering with an under-dressed friend.

I hate to say it, given the source, but that's actually relevant, and doesn't bode well. Certainly the team needs to talk to the player and understand what happened from his perspective, but throwing punches at 2AM because of nightclub frustration doesn't seem like the sort of thing that would endear a third-or-fourth-string running back to this organization.

Chris Jennings chances of making the team's roster just dropped precipitously.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for April 16th through April 18th

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 9:57:00 AM

Bill Glass – Scott Fujita: Doppelgangers?

We started yesterday off with an off-field incident (copied below from yesterday's blog), so let's start Sunday off with a little more positive note.

Some folks on the forums have noted, hopefully, that Scott Fujita reminds them a bit of Browns great Bill Glass. So, nonee put their photos side-by-side for comparison.

I'm not sure I see it, but if Fujita can do anything close to what Glass did in a Browns uniform, I'll take it.


Off to update the NFL home page, the newswire and more…

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Posted by: John Taylor
on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 10:39:00 AM

‘Velvet Dog' Lands RB Jennings in Hot Water

Growing up, my father always warned me to be wary of things that included the word "velvet", mainly because I think the "Velvet Elvis" that was popular at the time really creeped him out.

If only Chris Jennings had heeded those words, he might not be embroiled in a legal "issue" this morning.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jennings was arrested early Saturday morning in downtown Cleveland following an incident outside of the "Velvet Dog" nightclub.  Jennings and a doorman at the club apparently were involved in a beef that ended up with the running back being cuffed and stuffed on suspicion of assault.

He had not been officially charged as of a little after 8 a.m. ET this morning.

I hate to drive this point so far into the ground that it pisses off the Chinese, but may this serve as a lesson to the young people in the audience: velvet=bad. 

Nothing good ever happens after midnight – or even before midnight – at any establishment that feels the need to use that particular fabric in their name.


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