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What did we take away from 'Hard Knocks' Episode 2?

The second episode of "Hard Knocks" aired on Tuesday night. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe looked back on that and talked about all the happenings at training camp prior to Friday's preseason game against Buffalo. We talked about:


What does Baker Mayfield's debut mean for the Browns' future?

Baker Mayfield was impressive in his preseason debut on Thursday night against the Giants. It begs the question, should the Browns get him some work with the first team between now and the season opener? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about that and looked back at the Giants game. Topics we discussed:


What is the impact of the Corey Coleman trade?

The Browns traded Corey Coleman on Sunday night in exchange for a seventh round pick in 2020. It was a shocking trade based on both the timing and the return. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about the trade in three parts on Monday night:


How has Baker Mayfield progressed so far in training camp? Plus an interview with Duke Johnson

Baker Mayfield got his shot to go against the Browns' first-team defense on Friday and Saturday. What does it mean? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about that during our latest Orange and Brown Talk podcast. Then we talked about: Lastly, Dan talked to Duke Johnson last week for a story about his evolving role with the Browns. Read that here. You can hear the audio from that interview in the second half of the podcast.


Why John Dorsey is right for the Browns: Peter King joins the Orange and Brown Report

There's plenty of excitement building for the Browns, and it sure sounds like Peter King think they are headed in the right direction. King was at Browns training camp on Monday and he joined the Orange and Brown Talk podcast to share his thoughts on the Browns. He talked with Mary Kay Cabot about:


Should the Browns sign Dez Bryant?

The Browns and Dez Bryant's representatives have had initial talks about adding the wide receiver to the roster. Cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones has also been linked to the Browns. Can the Browns afford to add either player to their locker room? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about the potential of adding Bryant. Then they talked about what has happened during the first two days and what they watch when they're at training camp.


What's next for Josh Gordon and the Browns?

Josh Gordon announced on Twitter on Monday that he will not be present for the beginning of Browns training camp as he focuses on his treatment plan. It's not the first time the Browns have had to deal with the absence of Gordon. What do we know about the situation? What does it mean for the Browns on field? What's next for Gordon and the Browns? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe discussed the situation in a special edition of the Orange and Brown Talk podcast.


Which position battles are the most intriguing? On the clock to preview Browns training camp

The Browns open training camp next Thursday. That means it's time to talk all about the position battles and the state of the roster. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe went on the clock to break down the Browns' roster position-by-position. We started at the back end of the defense with the safeties and moved our way to the other side of the ball, wrapping up with quarterbacks and spending five minutes on every position group. (We even threw in a bonus two minutes on tight ends because we ran...


Over 12.5 or under 12.5: How many sacks for Myles Garrett in 2018?

Episode Notes's Mary Kay Cabot takes her best guess at some over-unders with substitute host David Campbell as training camp approaches. She also answers some of your questions from her Hey, Mary Kay! mailbag, and talks about why 2018 could be a tough season for NFL referees. The over-under topics include: 2: How many different players will start at left tackle for the Browns this season 4: How many starts Baker Mayfield will make in 2018 12.5: Will Myles Garrett have...


Is Tyrod Taylor looking at a career year?

Browns training camp is still a few weeks away, so Mary Kay Cabot and I have some time to ponder some reader questions. On this week's Orange and Brown Talk, we picked ten of our favorites submitted to us this week and had at them. They include:


Who is the Browns' most important offseason acquisition? (and 3 more offseason questions)

The Browns are less than a month away from the opening of training camp. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe continue their airport series of podcasts as Mary Kay is off to another far-off(ish) destination. We asked and answered four different Browns questions in today's episode, including: Who is the most important offseason acquisition? (2:25) Who is the most important draft pick for the 2018 season? (9:25) Which second-year player will make the biggest leap in 2018? (14:55) Who is the player...


How an innocuous line about Baker Mayfield made national headlines

Dan Labbe and Mary Kay Cabot are back this week with a new podcast. Dan is fresh off a series of training camp observations in wich one innocous line about Baker Mayfield not being ready to compete for the starting quarterback job made national headlines. You can read the full story here. Mary Kay and Dan talked about how something like that happens and about the context of the observation. Then we talked some more about the quarterback situation as it stands and whether it could change...


What impact does Tyrod Taylor locking down the starting job have on the Browns offense?

Tyrod Taylor is the Browns starting quarterback, and that's probably the best news coming out of the offseason program. Nothing against Baker Mayfield, of course, it's just that starting the guy who has played and won in the NFL is sure to have a positive domino effect on the Browns. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked all about the impact Taylor starting will have on the entire offense as our big story recapping the team's offseason program. Other topics include:


Q&A with Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry

The Browns wrapped up OTAs this week. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe were at the final open practice on Tuesday. The highlight was Baker Mayfield moving up to the second team, which we discussed off the top of today's podcast. Then we talked about Denzel Ward's move to the first team defense. Dan posted a Q&A with wide receiver Jarvis Landry at You can hear that full interview in the second segment of our show. Landry talks about his time in Miami, playing with Odell...


Will the Browns offense actually be good this season?

The Browns have made big investments on the offensive side of the football this offseason, bringing in a new quarterback, a new wide receiver, new running backs -- it's an exciting thing for Browns fans. So, will the offense actually be able to score points? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talk about that off the top of this week's podcast. Other topics we covered include:


How did Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor look during OTAs?

The Browns held their first open practice of OTAs on Wednesday. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe were there, of course, so that's what we talked about on the latest of edition of our Browns podcast. Topics include:


Hard Knocks picks the Browns

The Browns will go under the 'Hard Knocks' microscope this training camp. NFL Films and HBO will feature them in their weekly series that follows an NFL team through training camp. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked all about that. We addressed three questions: How will it impact the quarterback situation? Will this change the way Hue Jackson is viewed by fans? Who will turn into the star of the show? Then we got into a few different segments including: News of the week, with Joe...


Let's talk about the Browns' quarterback plan

The Browns drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall and now it's time to talk about the plan they have in place for Baker Mayfield. Head coach Hue Jackson has said repeatedly that Tyrod Taylor is the starter and there's no reason to not believe him at this point. Except Mayfield isn't going to just sit back and let it happen. No. 1 picks in the NFL usually play early, so Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe discussed the Browns' quarterback plan and the way they have things structured around Mayfield....


Going on the clock to review the Browns' draft

The Browns wrapped up the NFL Draft on Saturday. They added nine players in total over the course of the three days including, most notably, quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward on Thursday. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe went on the clock to discuss the players the Browns drafted on Saturday following the completion of Day 3. We divided up the days like this: 10 minutes on the Day 1 picks. 7 minutes on the Day 2 picks. 5 minutes on the Day 3 picks.


Browns take Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward

Browns GM John Dorsey made his first draft picks as GM of the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Those picks were quarterback Baker Mayfield at No. 1 and cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe looked back on the first round of the draft early Friday morning. We talked about Mayfield, how long he can stay the backup and what to expect from him. We also talked about Ward and why Dorsey chose him over Bradley Chubb.