By Marc Lawrence — The Cleveland Browns insist that offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. of Alabama was their top priority all along. There were some concerns that there may be a run of tackles prior to the Browns’ selection, but they were left with their pick. Wills was the top tackle on a lot of boards, drawing a player comp to Lane Johnson in the Pro Football Focus Draft Guide. He has special explosion and agility for someone that large and should be able to immediately make an impact in the run game after earning a 90.5 run-blocking grade with the Crimson Tide in 2019. “His ability to crush a double team then take a linebacker for a ride is special for a college tackle prospect,” exclaimed PFF. Furthermore, the Browns were able to pick up not one, not two, but three top-25 players on the PFF Big Board. Two of those players came at selections 44 and 88, which is a testament to the value Cleveland was able to get. LSU safety Grant Delpit won the Jim Thorpe award as college football’s top DB this season. He fell down boards largely due to his concerns as a tackler, but that was due mainly to injuries that he incurred early on in the season. And Harrison Bryant of Florida Atlantic, a 4th round selection, won the 2019 John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end. For more on the Browns draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
CBS Sports reports that for the first time since 1991, two NFL teams will play each other in back-to-back games. In an idiosyncratic move, the New York Jets will play the Dolphins in Miami in Week 10 before both teams have a bye week in Week 11. Once their bye week is concluded, the Dolphins head to New York to face the Jets in Week 12. That means that starting the day after the Jets’ Monday night game in Week 9 (that Tuesday is Nov. 10) until Week 13 (both teams play that Sunday, Dec. 6), the Jets and Dolphins will have gone 25 days playing nobody but each other.
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And speaking of oddities, the San Francisco 49ers will play consecutive games in the same stadium away from home. In Week 2. the Niners play at the NY Jets at MetLife Stadium, then in Week 3 they get the NY Giants. at MetLife Stadium. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots face the same weird situation this season. They play at the L.A. Chargers on Dec. 6 at new SoFi Stadium. Then, the Patriots play four days later in a Thursday night game at SoFi Stadium against the L.A. Rams. But topping the NFL schedule list in 2020 is a rare Friday game, a Christmas game when the Minnesota Vikings travel to play the New Orleans Saints in Week Sixteen on Friday, Dec. 25. According to Pro Football Reference, there have been only 10 NFL games played on a Friday since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The last NFL game played on a Friday was in 2009. In fact, since 1999 the last four Friday night games have flown ‘Over’ the total.