The Browns found their quarterback of the future in the first round, and perhaps the running back of the future in the second.
Despite only carrying the ball 120 times last season, Alvin Kamara recorded 1,554 yards from scrimmage as a rookie, enough to earn him Rookie of the Year honors and a second-team All-Pro nod. Kamara is just as much of a threat in the passing game as he is as a runner, though he hasn’t been a No. 1 tailback since his days in high school.
This year, he will have the chance to shoulder the load for at least a month. New Orleans’ top ball-carrier, Mark Ingram, will miss the first four games of the 2018 season due to a PED suspension. This will be a make-or-break period for Kamara, as he can either take the reins completely as a David Johnson-type bell-cow back or revert back to his role as a complementary piece to a No. 1 ball-carrier.
Kamara and Christian McCaffrey, two 2017 draftees, are the faces for the new-age back in 2018. But to join the elite tier of their position, they’ll have to excel in expanded roles.
Dykstra and Brian Lutty, the driver, say the other made threatening remarks during the ride after Dykstra requested to change his drop-off location.
Dykstra was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. May 23 outside Linden police headquarters and later charged with terroristic threats against the driver, as well as numerous drug charges.
Lutty told police he picked up Dyksta in Linden, and when he turned down Dykstra’s request to change the drop-off location, the former slugger held something, maybe a bag, to his head.
He told me he was going to shoot me and put it to the back of my head, Lutty excitedly tells officers.
But Dykstra claims he was actually the victim, not the perpetrator.
At his best, Andrew Luck combines outrageous physical attributes with the power of positive thinking and produces magic. And he’s starting again to feel like a magician.
I believe I’m going to be better than I was, he said, and here’s where I’ll remind you that Andrew Luck’s career trajectory after three seasons was aimed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I believe I’m going to be a better quarterback for this team, a better teammate.