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NFL Notes: Browns, Panthers, Redskins, & Vikings

 

Browns

Panthers

According to David Newton, QB Cam Newton has “made it clear his intention is to be at Carolina long-term.

Newton mentions that Cam is from Atlanta, so playing in Carolina allows him to be fairly close to home. On top of that, he has a coaching staff that believes in him and is willing to tailor their offense around him.

However, Newton (the writer) suggests that the Panthers could bring in a new coordinator that runs a system similar no-huddle, uptempo offense like the Eagles do, which would be similar to what Cam had success with at Auburn.

  • Newton doesn’t see Carolina extension DE Greg Hardy a long-term contract offer if he’s found guilty in his court case.
  • Newton believes the Panthers must address their offensive line in next year’s NFL draft and/or free agency, but adds that it could be tough to pass up a defensive end in the top half of the draft.

Redskins

Despite a horrible stretch of games this season, ESPN’s John Keim doesn’t see backup QB Kirk Cousins as a lost cause.

Keim adds that the Redskins’ coaching staff still likes Cousins and he believes Washington could keep him and Colt McCoy around next year.

  • Keim gives HC Jay GrudenC” grade for his first season in the nation’s capital.
  • Keim writes that Barry Cofield could see time at defensive end as he works himself back into the team’s defense.
  • Keim believes it’s in Washington’s best interest to hire a general manager, even though he admits that there hasn’t been any indication that this is being discussed or considered.

Vikings

  • Ben Goessling writes that although TE Kyle Rudolph is returning this week, it may not be realistic for him to play that much in his first week back.