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David Hookstead | Reporter

Derek Carr is the only quarterback from the 2014 draft still with the team that took him.

Carr was selected by the Raiders and hasn’t played for any other team. The other 13 quarterbacks have all left their original teams or flamed out.

ProFootballTalk reported the following on the disaster that was the 2014 NFL draft:

While Carr is the only one still with the team that drafted him, four are currently plying their trade in the Alliance of American Football: First-round pick Johnny Manziel, fifth-round pick Aaron Murray, sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger and sixth-round pick Garrett Gilbert.

Other than Carr, Garoppolo and Bortles, first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater is the only quarterback from the 2014 draft who’s still in the NFL.

What an atrocious draft year for quarterbacks. How did it go so wrong for so many of them? A total of 14 were picked, and only three of them have experienced any kind of success. You can bump that number to four if you stretch a bit and included Bridgewater, who is on his third team down in New Orleans.

Obviously, Manziel was supposed to be a big-time player in the NFL and only lasted two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Of all the guys on that list, I think it’s fair to say he was the most disappointing. He’s trying to get it turned around in the AAF, and we’ll have to see how that goes. (RELATED: Johnny Manziel Signs With The Memphis Express In The AAF)

There’s still no doubt his NFL career was an utter disaster.

If you had told me Carr would be the only one on his team a few years later, I never would have believed you. Welcome to the world of the NFL, it’s a crazy place and things go wrong all the time.

For the vast majority of the guys taken as quarterbacks in the 2014 draft, things didn’t go well at all.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is apparently going through some stuff and wants to be left alone.

ODB was recently shipped from the Giants to the Browns, and I’m not sure he’s handling it super well, judging from a recent Instagram post. (RELATED: New York Giants Trade Odell Beckham Jr. To The Cleveland Browns)

Beckham wrote the following in part in a now-deleted Instagram post, according to ProFootballTalk:

I appreciate the love honestly, but at this moment for the next couple of day,s I’m goin dark. I won’t be around, phone is gone, with all due respect, please don’t text/call/FaceTime unless it’s of the utmost importance. I really need some time to vibe and just get away, process, reevaluate some of the things in my life, as much has changed for me recently. I’m doin amazing thanks for askin!!!

This isn’t what you want to see if you’re a Browns fan. It doesn’t sound too serious, but it does sound like Beckham isn’t exactly embracing his change of scenario.

Nobody goes “dark” when things are going incredibly well. At the very least, I’ve never heard of such a thing, and he was pretty explicit that he didn’t want to be contacted. Not a whole lot of wiggle room there.

Everybody knows that the former Giants star is one of the most passionate guys in the game, and he has a wide range of emotions. He’s been that way ever since he entered the league.

Hopefully, this is nothing more than him just getting his head straight and getting all the changes straightened out in his mind.

If a star player’s mental health isn’t in check, then he won’t play well on the field.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Jerry Jones is very happy the Dallas Cowboys don’t have to play Odell Beckham Jr. twice a year anymore.

The electric receiver was recently shipped clean out of the NFC East from the Giants to the Browns. That made Jones a very happy man. (RELATED: New York Giants Trade Odell Beckham Jr. To The Cleveland Browns)

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you,” the Cowboys owner said Saturday prior to the Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia fight at AT&T Stadium when discussing Beckham getting traded out of the division, according to The New York Post.

Yeah, I can’t disagree with Jones on this one. There’s not a defense on the planet that enjoys covering ODB. There’s just not. The man is insanely talented on the football field.

Sure, the Giants haven’t been on the same level as the Cowboys lately, but that doesn’t mean you want to play any team scheming up plays with the gifted receiving star.

I’m sure Jones isn’t the only one in Texas that feels the same way. I’m assuming he probably speaks for most fans of the organization.

Now, the only question is whether or not the Cowboys can make some noise this year. Given Jones’ excitement, I think the answer is yes.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

NFL legend Joe Thomas continues to look unrecognizable since leaving the league.

Thomas retired after an incredible career with the Cleveland Browns, and he doesn’t look anything like himself during his days as a superstar lineman.

In fact, it’s actually a bit jarring to see the difference a year can make. Take a look below at a photo shared by Andrew Hawkins. (RELATED: Former Wisconsin Badgers And Cleveland Browns Star Joe Thomas Inducted Into College Football Hall Of Fame)

I honestly don’t understand how it’s possible to look so different in such a short period of time. I guess getting off of the NFL diet plan must make a big difference.

There’s no doubt in my mind that linemen absolutely pig out when they’re playing. Now, he’s looking like he’s a middle linebacker instead of the greatest blocker in the history of football.

I hope Thomas is enjoying retirement. He’s certainly earned it after what he put his body through for the Browns.

Plus, his podcast “The ThomaHawk Show” is incredibly entertaining. I’d suggest you all give it a chance if you haven’t seen or heard it already.

Good for Thomas. I’m not sure how many people could have done that transformation.

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Cleveland Browns all-pro running back Kareem Hunt now knows how long he’ll have to wait before getting back on the field.

The NFL suspended Hunt for the first eight games of the 2019 season after the former Kansas City Chiefs’ star was allegedly seen on video shoving and kicking a woman. Hunt was released from Kansas City shortly after the video surfaced late in the 2018 season. (RELEASED: Kareem Hunt Signs With The Cleveland Browns)

Hunt released a statement through the Browns’ organization accepting his suspension and expressing remorse for his alleged actions.

“I respect the league’s decision on discipline,” Hunt said. “My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization, and this community through my actions will continue.”

Hunt rushed for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns in two years with Kansas City and is widely considered one of the best running backs in the league. Because of the incident, Cleveland’s decision to bring Hunt onboard led to a great deal of controversy. (RELATED: Kansas City Chiefs Stop Patrick Mahomes From Playing Basketball)

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs breaks away for a first quarter touchdown run against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs … (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Hopefully, Hunt can work to learn from his alleged actions and become a better person on and off the field.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Cleveland Browns are expected to win a substantial amount of games in 2019.

According to oddsmakers at William Hill, the team’s win total is set at 8.5 for the upcoming season. As Darren Rovell pointed out, the Browns have only hit that mark three times since 1990. (RELATED: New York Giants Trade Odell Beckham Jr. To The Cleveland Browns)

My friends, do you hear that sound off in the distance? That’s the sound of the poor fans in Cleveland finally believing that they’re capable of winning.

These are people who have just been beaten, ran over and abused time and time again by their sports franchises. They’re the lovable losers. They know they’re going to suck, and so does everybody else. (RELATED: Here Are The Best Twitter Reactions To Odell Beckham Jr. Getting Traded To The Browns)

Yet, it looks like that’s all about to change.

I mean, folks, we’re talking playoff territory here if they hit nine or 10 wins. I can’t blame people for being optimistic.

The team traded for Odell Beckham Jr., they signed Kareem Hunt and the offense is stacked. There are plenty of things to smile about if you’re a fan of the Browns.

For many of them, it’ll be the first time they’ve probably ever smiled in their lives. What a pathetic city for the fans.

I actually hope the Browns do well. Let’s give those poor people something to cheer about for once in their lives.

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