Bryant would play for Browns
Dez Bryant could be the man to save the Cleveland Browns from another season of humiliation after he hinted on Twitter that he could join the franchise in free agency.
The Dallas Cowboys released Bryant in April after eight seasons with the team in which he had racked up more than 7,000 receiving yards and 73 touchdowns.
The 29-year-old was expected to be inundated with offers but he is yet to find a new team, having turned down a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in the hope of impressing on a shorter contract in 2018 and picking up a bigger deal next summer.
And Bryant will visit a number of teams next week including the Browns, but insists the reason behind the delay on his decision is to deal with an ongoing foot injury.
“For real… I wouldn’t mind playing for the browns,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I just want to be right first.
“I played with a broken foot before based of emotions trying to satisfy the fans.
“That didn’t work out to well for me.
“So this time I choosing to be 100 per cent for sure.
“I’ll take all the time I need to show who I am.
“I have a legit three years left.”
Luck is healthy after long-awaited return
Andrew Luck led his Indianapolis Colts to a 19-17 pre-season win over Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night but crucially he came through his first game in 19 months with no ill effects.
Luck was a first overall pick for the Colts back in 2012 and played every regular season game in his first three seasons, winning 33 of 48 and leading the league in touchdown passes in 2014.
But the four-time Pro Bowler endured an injury-ravaged 2015, with his right shoulder one of his problems, and missed the entirety of last year before eventually having surgery to repair the troublesome joint.
However, he was back in a Colts jersey for the first pre-season game and came through his first appearance in 585 days strongly, even though he only played two drives.
“It was a little bit of the pressure was off, in a sense, and I really had fun,” Luck said. “I really enjoyed it. I didn’t quite know if I would have this much again playing football.
“The first play is always a little nerve-wracking in any game, in a sense, but especially this one.
“After that it sort of slowed down and the rhythm, the flow of a huddle, calling a play, knowing where the play clocks are, getting to the line of scrimmage, showing what your queues are, that operations that takes over.
“For lack of better word, it felt natural.”
Patriots made ‘a lot of mistakes’
Bill Belichick has warned his New England Patriots that they must make big strides in pre-season if they are to challenge for top honours again this year.
The Patriots beat the Washington Redskins 26-17 in their first pre-season game of 2018 but needed 23 unanswered second-half points to do so.
And Belichick, a famously hard taskmaster with five Super Bowl rings as a head coach to his name, appeared relatively unimpressed by the performance afterwards, despite the comeback.
“I thought we gave a good, competitive effort in the second half,” Belichick said.
“I thought there were a lot of guys that tried to play hard.
“Certainly there were a lot of mistakes in the game, a lot of things we need to work on.”
He added: “There’s a few things to build on too.
“That’s about the way it usually is.”