Aug 05, 2022
Pro Bowl guard Teller aiming for Browns turnaround
This news has been received from: wtop.com
All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Right guard Wyatt Teller firmly established himself as one of the NFL’s top offensive linemen last season, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.
The Cleveland Browns rewarded him with a $56.8 million, four-year contract extension.
Accolades and big money only go so far, though, when your primary goal is a winning a championship.
“Last year, I thought we were going to go to the Super Bowl,” Teller said Friday at training camp. “I guess that’s the joke the Browns (and their fans) always have, but I really thought we were a dominating team and we just couldn’t stay healthy. So, I’m not focused on anything else right now but game one.”
Cleveland is one week away from its preseason opener at Jacksonville, which its players view as a fresh start following a disheartening 8-9 campaign. Teller was a rock throughout, being named second-team All-NFL for the second year in a row.
The offense has a different look compared to last season. Quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and center JC Tretter are gone, and quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Amari Cooper are among the new arrivals.
Teller, who is 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, has eagerly filled the leadership void on the unit.
“Let’s get healthy, let’s run the ball and let’s kick some butt,” the four-year veteran said. “Whoever is at quarterback, we have a talented offensive line and an amazing running back group, so let’s use them. Let’s do what we do best.
“It gets people’s eyes in the backfield, then you have five guys running off the ball, trying to smash you in the face.”
Cleveland led the NFL with a 5.09-yard average per carry last season, and Nick Chubb finished second in the league in rushing yards. All-purpose back Kareem Hunt and emerging threat D’Ernest Johnson complete the three-headed monster at the position.
Three-time Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio, left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr., right tackle Jack Conklin and center Nick Harris join Teller on an all-returning starting line. Chris Hubbard again provides depth.
“When you look at last year, I don’t think there was one time that our starting five finished a game together,” Teller said. “That’s not good. There was always someone hurt. We’ve just got to stay healthy and play, and I think we’ll be all right.”
NOTES: Coach Kevin Stefanski said he hasn’t decided how to divide the playing time at quarterback against the Jaguars. … The outdoor portion of practice ended after 75 minutes when thunderstorms rolled in, forcing fans to quickly exit the suburban training facility. The session continued inside the fieldhouse. … Harris left practice after being poked in the eye and was replaced by C Ethan Pocic. … WR Anthony Schwartz (left knee strain) and rookie WR David Bell (foot) remain sidelined, but Stefanski said both are “really, really close” to returning.
More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://apnews.com/hub/pro-32 and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
News Source: wtop.com
Dolphins acquire 2023 draft pick from Texans for tight end Adam Shaheen
The Miami Dolphins crowded tight end room got a little thinner on Tuesday evening when the team traded one of the unit’s many veterans.
Adam Shaheen, a six-year veteran Miami acquired from Chicago in 2020, was traded to the Houston Texans for a swap of late-round selections in the 2023 NFL draft.
Miami sent Shaheen and a 2023 seventh-round pick to Houston for a 2023 sixth-round selection, but the deal mainly unloads his $1.8 million salary and will lead to the elevation of Hunter Long, who the Dolphins selected in the third round of the 2021 draft.
Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe share the tight end duties, with Gesicki primarily working as a pass catcher, and Smythe playing the more traditional tight end role. The tight ends have gotten off to a quiet start in camp, but that’s because they are being reprogrammed on how to play in Miami’s new West Coast offense.
Shaheen started 12 of the 26 games he played for the Dolphins the past two years and contributed 24 receptions for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
Long sparingly played last year but it seems like he’ll have an elevated role in Mike McDaniel’s offense. The Dolphins also have Cethan Carter, who is mostly used as a core special teams contributor, and Tanner Conner, a Idaho State standout who Miami signed as a undrafted rookie and is switching from receiver to tight end. Conner was one of the top performers during one of last week’s practices.
It is possible the Dolphins could unload a couple more players before the regular season begins.
General manager Chris Grier is typically aggressive during this time of year, and the Dolphins have two receivers in Preston Williams and Lynn Bowden Jr. who don’t seem to be good fits with this offense.
It’s possible the Dolphins could move one, or both of those receivers to a team in need of receiver help for a player Miami could use, or for a late-round selection.