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  • MAYFIELD VILLAGE [url=]Jamie Collins Jersey[/url] , Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield broke out his old dance moves, threw passes and even played defense, making a nifty interception.However, he didn’t take attendance at his two-day football camp, so Odell Beckham Jr. can relax.The Cleveland quarterback, who has long-suffering Browns fans crazed and counting down the days until the start of the season, hosted over 500 kids Saturday for a youth camp at Mayfield High School — fitting name, no relation.Mayfield spent more than three hours on the field and seemed to enjoy every moment while interacting with youngsters dreaming of following his path to the NFL. He posed for photos, talked some trash and bent down to tie one boy’s sneaker between plays.Afterward, Mayfield said his message was to inspire.“Whatever they want to do, whether this is just a camp or they want to grow up and be a football player or whatever they want to do [url=]Christian Kirksey Color Rush Jersey[/url] , just go for it,” he said when asked what he hoped the kids took from the experience. “Be yourself and stay true to that, work for it and enjoy it.”Mayfield danced to “Old Town Road” with the campers and urged them to be ready for Sunday’s activities.“Are you going to wake up feeling dangerous tomorrow?” he said, repeating a phrase he made famous last season.Mayfield then cracked a wide smile when the kids broke into a chant of “Ba-ker! Ba-ker!”During his media availability, Mayfield said he’s been helping recruit free agent Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a fellow Oklahoma Sooner who is trying to decide whether to sign with the Browns, Ravens or Panthers.The camp is a break for Mayfield, who has been busy learning Cleveland’s new offense over the past three weeks. There are enormous expectations for the Browns in 2019, the hopes pushed by the offseason acquisition of Beckham, the superstar wide receiver who has skipped all but one of the Browns’ nine voluntary OTA workouts.Browns coach Freddie Kitchens, who has defended Beckham’s absence [url=][/url] , said this week the three-time Pro Bowler has missed “a lot … the offense” while vacationing in Europe, working out in California and attending the Monaco Grand Prix.He’s expected to be at the team’s mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday. Mayfield, without naming Beckham, said it will be good to have all his teammates on the field.“Just to have everybody together,” Mayfield said. “You don’t get too many times that it’s not during the season and everybody’s got their own routines. It’ll be enjoyable next week.”Until then, Mayfield said it was important for him to give all he had to the kids.“These kids and these parents, they bring them here, some of them traveled a while, you pay money to bring them here, so you’ve got to make it worth it,” he said. “You want to make it more than just a name on a flier for a camp. You want to have them enjoy and learn a few things.” CHARLOTTE [url=]Ozzie Newsome Jersey[/url] , N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton insists he isn’t missing a game.The Panthers quarterback said he’ll be ready to play against the Browns on Sunday despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder. But coach Ron Rivera wasn’t quite as certain Wednesday, leaving the door open by saying, “We’ll see. We’re not even to Friday.”More than 20 months after having surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound giant of a quarterback is still experiencing pain and discomfort in his right shoulder that is limiting what he can do on the field. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has limited Newton’s downfield throws this season and twice replaced the league’s 2015 MVP with backup Taylor Heinicke when lining up for Hail Mary passes.Newton reps were limited in practice Wednesday — as they have been for several weeks — as part of Rivera calls “the new normal.”The Panthers (6-6) are a half-game behind the Vikings in the race for the second NFC wild card spot following a disappointing 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers last Sunday in which Newton was intercepted four times.Newton has thrown downfield fewer times this year than at any point in his career. That’s by design in order to prevent his shoulder from wearing out. As a result, he’s completing a career-high 69.5 percent of his passes, mostly because of the used of check-downs and short passes underneath the coverage.Rivera said Newton and the offensive coaches are “doing the best they can” to manage the situation. He said it’s critical that Newton communicates with coaches on how he feels.“We have to make decisions going forward as to how the offense has to click,” Rivera said. “He has to be very transparent with Norv when it comes to the plays” he can run.Browns interim coach Gregg Williams said Newton still has plenty of pop in his shoulder.“I’ve heard the reports (about the shoulder), but when I see the film I still him being able to zing in when he wants to,” Williams said. “And when he has a solid pocket where he can still get his body weight behind him, he can still do that.”When asked if he’ll need to get his shoulder addressed medically once again after the season [url=]Briean Boddy-Calhoun Jersey[/url] , Newton said, “among other things.”He wouldn’t elaborate in his weekly news conference on what other parts of his body might need to be addressed, saying “c’mon, you know people are looking at this tape.”When pressed on whether he will need surgery, Newton grinned and said, “I can neither confirm nor deny.”Newton also declined to say if there’s a particular play in which he reinjured the shoulder or if it is simply the result of continued wear and tear on the body.Regardless, Newton said he doesn’t regret having the surgery in March of 2017, saying it “needed to be done.”But he also acknowledged he didn’t think he would still be having problems with his shoulder at this point in his NFL career.“I would not have expected me to still have the kind of things that are lingering from that, but it is what it is,” Newton said. “It’s about managing pain and understanding that you have a job to do and a responsibility to put your best product out on the field. I want to do that not only for myself but this team.”__
      August 14, 2019 9:22 AM CEST